Annal: 2006 Academy Award® for Achievement in Music (Original Score)

Results of the Academy Award® in the year 2006.

Album:Brokeback Mountain: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Brokeback Mountain: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Gustavo Santaolalla

Argentina-born, California-based Gustavo Santaolalla helped shape the rock en Español movement by producing Mexican bands Molotov and Café Tacuba , and Colombian singer Juanes. In the late 1990s he made a switch to soundtracks, working on well-received albums for Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries. His instrumental contributions to Ang Lee’s tale of two cowboys in love are acoustic guitar-based and, let’s face it, a bit on the sonic-wallpaper side.

The vocal tracks, on the other hand, are uniformly lovely, even if the selection of…

Album:The Constant Gardener: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Constant Gardener: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alberto Iglesias

Album:Memoirs of a Geisha: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Memoirs of a Geisha: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Director Rob Marshall hired three of Asia’s most fabulous stars (Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, and Gong Li) for this Japan-set movie, so one wonders why he didn’t put in a call to a local composer as well. Was Tan Dun’s line busy? Was Joe Hisaishi otherwise engaged? In any case, John Williams won the assignment, and he didn’t end up with egg on his face. Mercifully, Williams left the bombast at home and put cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman to good use in this sensitive score. The lovely “Sayuri’s Theme” resurfaces at regular intervals, and it’s good to…

Album:Munich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Munich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Steven Spielberg directs an international cast in Munich, a suspense thriller set in the aftermath of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Five-time Academy Award winner John Williams lends his musical talents to the film by composing and conducting the magnificent soundtrack. For Munich, Williams has created some of the most powerful and enduring film music of our time. With his sweeping score, he puts forth a feeling of intense emotion that takes the listener on a thought-provoking journey.

Album:Pride & Prejudice: Music from the Motion Picture

Pride & Prejudice: Music from the Motion Picture

Dario Marianelli

The year 2005 was big for Italian composer Dario Marianelli. His score for The Brothers Grimm received much applause (probably more than the film itself) and a few months later he came back with another batch of compositions for a period film. This time around, the plaudits are reversed: The film is better than the score. And that’s not the only reversal: Since several of his compositions were to be performed by some of the characters on screen, Marianelli wrote parts of the music before the movie was shot, switching the order in which these things are…

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