Annal: 2005 Academy Award® for Achievement in Music (Original Score)

Results of the Academy Award® in the year 2005.

Album:Finding Neverland: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Finding Neverland: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

As did the Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland-rooted Dreamchild before it, Finding Neverlandexplores the all-too-human roots of an English children’ s literature classic, in this case author James Mathew Barrie’s (Johnny Depp) enduring fable, Peter Pan. Polish stage composer cum film scorer Jan A. P. Kaczmarek takes the film’s fantasy-leavened, yet ultimately bittersweet tale of Barrie, his losing battle with adulthood and the magic world of prose it inspired and invests it with an exuberant score that positively pulses with…

Album:Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

John Williams

If the commercial constraints of genre and chronic Hollywood sequelitis threaten to musically straitjacket even a legend like John Williams, the veteran playfully rebuffs such cynicism in his rich, mirthful score for this third chapter of the Harry Potter cycle. Whether inspired by a willful desire not to repeat himself, the continued reinvention of his jazz roots that brightened his scores for Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, or the story’s requirement for a handful of fresh themes, Williams informs his work here with an…

Album:Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

The characters of Daniel Handler’s popular children’s book series spring to life in this playfully macabre screen adaptation from director Brad Silberling. Contemporary scoring master Thomas Newman may launch the musical proceedings with the brief, Disney-esque flourish of “The Bad Beginning,” but the sound of a needle being brusquely dragged across that record brings us to the composer’s true intent: a teasing romp through occasionally dark, rhythmically charged musical corners. Employing his patent take on post-modern impressionism to a greater degree than he…

Album:The Passion of the Christ: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Passion of the Christ: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Debney

Mel Gibson staked $30 million and his superstar reputation on this painstakingly bloody interpretation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all the while dodging charges of anti-semitism and fostering excruciating cinematic gore at the expense of Christ’s message (a notion that also begs some uncomfortable questions about this version’s S&M undertones). But because the film’s dialog plays out in ancient authentic language dialects, John Debney’s musical score takes on an even more central dramatic role. In some ways an unlikely choice as composer…

Album:The Village: Original Score

The Village: Original Score

James Newton Howard

In the wake of his Sixth Sense triumph, young director M. Night Shyamalan shrewdly marketed himself as a marquee draw, a thriller auteur in the vein of Hitchcock and DePalma. In the process he’s also run headlong into one of Hollywood’s truest adages: There’s no such thing as a sure thing. But while his tale of an isolated hamlet ringed by mysterious, threatening ‘others’ met with tepid reviews and disappointing box office, it also underscored another filmmaking truism: So-so films can still be blessed with magnificent musical scores. This hauntingly…

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