Annal: 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score

Results of the Golden Globe Award in the year 2006.

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: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 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Original Score

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Original Score

Harry Gregson-Williams

Not to be confused with the collection Songs Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia, this album is Harry Gregson-Williams’s instrumental score for the movie. Marking the composer’s third collaboration with director Andrew Adamson (after both Shrek flicks), this score also is one of the more mature offerings from Gregson-Williams, best known for his work on family films. The music is lush and assured, if a bit predictable. Indeed, it fits squarely in the current style popular for big epics—even using (on a few tracks) the vocals of Lisbeth Scott, which…

Album:King Kong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

King Kong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard reportedly got the King Kong gig as a last-minute replacement for Howard Shore (who of course had worked on King Kong director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series). The good news is that Howard still managed to write an honorable score; the bad news is that it’s no more than honorable. For some, the biggest disappointment may be that Howard didn’t find more inspiration in the film’s 1930s setting. Once in a while he inserts a vaguely jazzy flourish (the brief clarinet passages in “Defeat Is Always Momentary” for…

Album:Syriana: Music from the Motion Picture

Syriana: Music from the Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat

After last year’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, this CD confirms the much-deserved rise of French-born composer Alexandre Desplat in Hollywood. The success of this particular score is actually double-edged: It works wonders in the film because it never dictates the mood or imposes a viewpoint; instead, it’s in such symbiosis with the images in Stephen Gaghan’s political thriller that at times the music’s impact is almost subliminal. That’s a good thing when you watch the movie, but it also means that on its own, the CD’s focus can fade in and out. Desplat…

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