Annal: 2007 Academy Award® for Achievement in Music (Original Score)

Results of the Academy Award® in the year 2007.

Album:Babel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Babel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Gustavo Santaolalla

This soundtrack takes us on a journey with no beginning or end, with music that illuminates the film as well as the creative process behind it. “Gustavo found the musical and spiritual DNA of the film playing the oud with his sensitive fingertips, producing the mesmerizing sounds of the scored tracks in these CDs,” Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu says. “I hope when you listen you can feel the distant winds of the planet caressing your skin.”

Album:The Good German: Original Soundtrack

The Good German: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

An homage to the Golden Age of film noir thrillers, The Good German is a glistening reflection on a bygone era of film. The absolutely brilliant score by Thomas Newman is likewise cut from the cloth of such Golden Age masters as Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa and his own father, the legendary Alfred Newman. The Good German is one of the best scores of the year and a strong Oscar contender.

Album:Notes on a Scandal: Original Soundtrack

Notes on a Scandal: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Philip Glass

Philip Glass is inarguably one of the most distinctive and influential composers of the modern era. In addition to his ground-breaking concert hall works and operas, his film scores, such as The Hours, Kundun, and The Thin Blue Line, have won acclaim and popularity through their combination of Western classical music, synthesized sounds, and non-Western influences. His emotive score for Notes on a Scandal is an integral part of the dramatic arc of the film.

Notes on a Scandal is a story of loneliness, loyalty, envy and love. Directed by Richard Eyre, the film follows a free-spirited and charismatic art teacher Sheba Hart (played by Cate Blanchett), who is brought down by scandal when she is arrested for engaging in sexual relations with a 15-year-old student. Academy Award winner Judi Dench plays a fellow teacher, Barbara Covett who befriends the younger woman and observes her fall from grace. “The score essentially is about Barbara,” Glass states. “It begins with Barbara and it ends with Barbara.”

Album:Pan's Labyrinth: Original Soundtrack

Pan's Labyrinth: Original Soundtrack

Javier Navarrete

Pan’s Labyrinth unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a dreamy little girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost commanded by her new stepfather. Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human. Spanish composer, Javier Navarrete brings the music of Pan’s Labyrinth alive. It captures the fantastical mood of the film—a fairy tale fantasy for adults, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War—with all of the tension and imagination of this rich, layered film.

Album:The Queen: Music from the Motion Picture

The Queen: Music from the Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat

The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an overt display of mourning. The film and soundtrack feature “Libera Me” by Verdi from Princess Diana's funeral. The score is composed by renowned Alexandre Desplat, multi-Golden Globe nominated composer of over 50 critically acclaimed films.

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