Annal: 2008 Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music

Results of the Anthony Asquith Award in the year 2008.

Album:La Vie En Rose: La Môme

La Vie En Rose: La Môme

Christopher Gunning

Official motion picture soundtrack to the film La Vie En Rose, the dramatic real-life story of French chanteuse Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gerard Depardieu. This release contains 27 tracks featuring 11 of Piaf’s most popular songs remastered including “La Vie En Rose”, “Hymne A L’amour” “Milord” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien”, plus the original score by Christopher Gunning.

Album:American Gangster: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

American Gangster: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Marc Streitenfeld

American Gangster: the story of Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, highlights the heroin drug trade of the 70’s. Russell Crowe plays an ambitious detective who exposes the US government’s plans to transport drugs.

The film also stars Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Djofor, Carla Gugino, Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Yul Vazquez, Roger Bart, Common, TI, and RZA.

The soundtrack album gives you a diverse introspect on the film featuring artist such as Hank Shocklee, The Staple Singers, Public Enemy and Bobby Womack. The focus single (Do You Feel Me) on the album features platinum recording artist Anthony Hamilton. The song is also written by Diane Warren, one of the most successful and prolific songwriters to ever work in the music industry.

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: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:There Will Be Blood: Original Music

There Will Be Blood: Original Music

Jonny Greenwood

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood has composed a hauntingly dramatic instrumental score for Oscar nominated writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ambitious new film, There Will Be Blood. His remarkable compositions, written primarily for strings, have already garnered considerable praise in advance reviews. The score resembles his rock compositions only in the level of daring and inventiveness to be found throughout these tracks and in the unsettling atmosphere he is able to conjure at key moments. Greenwood’s score is more indicative of his current collaborations with the BBC Orchestra as Composer In Residence activities. In fact, the score incorporates material from two orchestral pieces he created in that position, “smear” and “Popcorn Superhet Receiver”.

The soundtrack to There Will Be Blood will appeal to serious movie-music fans, who will appreciate this rare find: an intelligent, beautiful and deeply cinematic orchestrated score performed by the BBC Orchestra and London Sinfonietta that can hold its own next to the classic work of such composers as Bernard Herrman, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone.

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