Annal: 2008 Academy Award® for Achievement in Music (Original Score)

Results of the Academy Award® in the year 2008.

Album:Atonement: Music from the Motion Picture

Atonement: Music from the Motion Picture

Dario Marianelli

The filmmakers of Pride and Prejudice (director Joe Wright) reunite for Atonement, based on the award-winning, best-selling 2002 novel, a classic British romance that spans several decades. The Decca soundtrack will be released on December 4 and features original music by Academy Award® nominee Dario Marianelli, (Pride and Prejudice) with piano solos performed by Decca artist Jean Yves-Thibaudet.

Album:3:10 to Yuma: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

3:10 to Yuma: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Marco Beltrami

The soundtrack to director James Mangold’s gritty 2007 Western, 3:10 to Yuma, features a score by Italian composer Marco Beltrami. Echoes of Ennio Morricone’s classic spaghetti Western symphonies are evident in Beltrami’s moody orchestral pieces, albeit in a more modern and minimalist light, as revealed on the chiming “Main Titles” and the foreboding “Trial By Fire.”

Album:The Kite Runner: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Kite Runner: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alberto Iglesias

This soundtrack features original music written by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. The Academy® Award-nominated composer (The Constant Gardener) is also highly-acclaimed for a number of soundtracks he wrote for Academy® Award-winning director Pedro Almodovar’s films, including Hable Con Ella. In addition to the original orchestral music by Iglesias, the soundtrack includes original songs by legendary 70s Afghan singer Ahmad Zahir, Ehsan Aman and the world-renowned British singer of Iranian-Azerbaijanian background Sami Yusuf. The Kite Runner is a powerful movie that has all the necessary elements, including the compellingly beautiful soundtrack, that will make this a hit film as well as one of the best-selling soundtrack albums of the year.

Album:Michael Clayton: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Michael Clayton: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard’s gripping score for the acclaimed motion picture.

Album:Ratatouille: Music

Ratatouille: Music

Michael Giacchino

As befits an American movie set in France, this score starts off by quoting the French national anthem; fortunately, Michael Giacchino quickly turns off the cliché tap and gets the fun started. The composer, best known for his work on Alias and Lost, shows he can do light and nimble—and elegant, too: not many animated/kiddie movies have scores that evoke vintage Henry Mancini (“Losing Control”).

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