In Contention


International Film Music Critics nominees

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:18 am · January 29th, 2010

The Twilight Saga: New MoonThis just arrived via press release.  Talk about your refreshingly diverse list of contenders.

Predicting the Academy’s Best Original Score category can often be a bit of a chore.  There is no “guild” for the composers, after all, nothing to serve as a barometer.  For the longest time you could generally count on the group to be quite insular, and they still are to an extent, but as of late, they have also been a bit more open to newbies.

The only other thing we have to go by is the International Film Music Critics Association, which isn’t much to go by at all, really.  You can look over the group’s five years of nominee announcements and see rather quickly that it’s an artfully-minded assemblage.  In a nutshell, “Drag Me to Hell” won’t be get to call itself an Oscar nominee, but it’s cool to see it pop up here.  “Twilight,” on the other hand…maybe.

Michael Giacchino received a record nine nominations himself, including in the top field, which you can see below.  For the rest, head on over to The Circuit.

Film Score of the Year
“Avatar” (James Horner)
“Drag Me to Hell” (Christopher Young)
“Star Trek” (Michael Giacchino)
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (Alexandre Desplat)
“Up” (Michael Giacchino)




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23 responses so far

  • 1 1-29-2010 at 12:01 pm

    Brian said...

    I would honestly rather New Moon win than Avatar. But I can rattle off a dozen scores off the top of my head more deserving than both.

  • 2 1-29-2010 at 12:19 pm

    Kevin said...

    While it’s still not on the Contenders page, I maintain that not only SHOULD Abel Korezniowski/Shigeru Umebayashi’s score for A Single Man be nominated, but it is a possibility given the Globes nom.

  • 3 1-29-2010 at 12:24 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not on the Contenders page??? Hang on a second…

  • 4 1-29-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s there now. Thought I added that weeks ago.

  • 5 1-29-2010 at 12:29 pm

    Travis said...

    Not a single mention for “Where the Wild Things Are”? Strange…

  • 6 1-29-2010 at 12:37 pm

    Joel said...

    I would replace “Drag Me to Hell” and “New Moon” with “Sherlock Holmes” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”

  • 7 1-29-2010 at 12:39 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    UP has to win this thing hands down, what a great score

  • 8 1-29-2010 at 12:44 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m thrilled that “Lesbian Vampire Killers” has finally received some awards love. It’s about time.

  • 9 1-29-2010 at 12:44 pm

    Blake said...

    I think a nomination for “Drag Me to Hell” is completely within the realm of possibility. Think back to “The Village” in 2004. This group sometimes thinks outside the box.

  • 10 1-29-2010 at 12:57 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Guy: That was a headline idea.

  • 11 1-29-2010 at 12:57 pm

    cineJAB said...

    New Moon was an awful movie, probably going to win a ton of Razzies. But would a nomination for New Moon’s score encompass all of the original songs written for the film or just Desplat’s contributions? Because honestly the soundtrack was pretty fantastic, and took up about 75% of the music in the movie. Also what sort of bullshit is it that the score for this film hasn’t been disqualified based on the constant use of songs but Crazy Heart and Princess and the Frog have been?

  • 12 1-29-2010 at 12:59 pm

    cineJAB said...

    also it’s good to know AR Rahman has gone on to bigger and better things like…couples retreat

  • 13 1-29-2010 at 1:13 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Kris: Ha. Should’ve gone with it. THAT’s the story here.

  • 14 1-29-2010 at 2:55 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    lol those lesbians weren’t nearly as hot as I’d hoped.

    A Single Man will win the best score Oscar.

  • 15 1-29-2010 at 4:23 pm

    Glenn said...

    I was intrigued to see “Mao’s Last Dancer” on there. Ever since I saw it I reckoned it would get an Oscar nom for original score if it ever somehow managed to get an American release. Are these nominations based on American release or what? I know it played at TIFF so perhaps it includes that?

  • 16 1-29-2010 at 5:35 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Great to see Star Trek and Drag Me to Hell show up here at least. The perfect score category would be those two, plus Bruno Coulais’ eerie work for Coraline, Karen O and Carter Burwell’s Where the Wild Things Are work, and Marvin Hamlisch’s bouncy The Informant!. Though, I’ve heard enough of A Single Man’s score to be down with that taking Wild Things or Star Trek’s place. I’m sad I won’t get to see the film until it comes out on DVD (money problems).

  • 17 1-29-2010 at 6:23 pm

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    Wild card choice: The Hurt Locker. Best Picture frontrunners tend to get swept in here, S. Mixing, and the obvious screenplay / director spots.

  • 18 1-29-2010 at 6:26 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think it deserves recognition here. Great, eerie score.

  • 19 1-29-2010 at 6:30 pm

    IFMCA Member said...

    @Glenn: the nominations are based on international release dates, in whichever country it gets released in first. So Mao’s Last Dancer was eligible because it first opened in Australia this year. The same for things like Agora, which is eligible because it first opened in Spain in ’09, etc.

  • 20 1-29-2010 at 9:41 pm

    Justin said...

    Giacchino has had a pretty good year. I think he’ll go home with the Oscar come March 7th.

    I hope Fantastic Mr. Fox gets nominated though. I know you had it in your predictions awhile back for Original Score, do you think it still has a pretty good chance? What was your reason for taking it out?

  • 21 1-30-2010 at 4:49 am

    Glenn said...

    IFMCA Member, but how many members are Australian in order to have actually seen it? That’s where I get confused? How have members heard this score and why (if the movie hasn’t even been released anywhere other than its home country).

  • 22 1-30-2010 at 9:03 am

    IFMCA Member said...

    @Glenn: our primary focus is music, and as music critics we primarily concentrate on the technical musical content of the score; seeing the film it’s associated with is recommended, but not actually necessary – we’re all very experienced in judging music simply by hearing it separately, and not necessarily seeing the film too (where it can be obscured by sound effects, badly mixed etc). Many of us nominated Mao’s Last Dancer based on its excellence as pure music.

  • 23 1-30-2010 at 3:21 pm

    Christine B. said...

    Congratulations to DRAG ME TO HELL’s Christopher Young! Great score!