Annal: 2009 Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music

Results of the Anthony Asquith Award in the year 2009.

Album:Slumdog Millionaire: Score

Slumdog Millionaire: Score

A.R. Rahman

In composing the music for acclaimed director Danny Boyle’s intoxicating new film Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman has conjured the sound of a city, fusing the frenetic scramble of daily life in Mumbai, India into beautiful fugues that ride upon the dust clouds kicked up by its everyday people.

From the movie’s first frames—with children racing through alleyways, knocking over merchants and pottery, police kicking loose clay roof tiles, disrupted birds fluttering from gutters—we hear the sound of their commotion made manifest in “O…Saya.” It’s a rumbling hybrid of Bollywood and hip-hop, a brand new collaboration between Rahman and M.I.A. It’s the kind of cinematic moment where image and sound coexist. And that’s only the first five minutes.

Filmed in the streets and slums of Mumbai, India, Boyle needed just the right music to compliment the film’s cinema…[more]

Album:The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Music from the Motion Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Music from the Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat’s score creates a mesmerizing sonic mindscape that mirrors the unique emotional world of the movie’s lead character, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt). Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the score and movie explore the life of some one who is born an old man and ages backwards.

Benjamin’s life progresses in retrograde motion, from his birth at the close of World War I to his death at the start of the 21st century. During his backwards lifetime, he falls in love with an exquisite beauty named Daisy (Cate Blanchett). As deep and genuine as their love may be, Benjamin’s reverse biology makes a lasting union impossible.

Desplat’s haunting score creates a mystical, diaphanous haze through which we watch events in Benjamin Button’s life transpire as if through a scrim of heart-tugging sadness.

Album:The Dark Knight: Soundtrack

The Dark Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard

Soundtrack album for the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight, an American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman.

Album:Mamma Mia! Soundtrack

Mamma Mia!: The Movie Soundtrack

Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus

Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, this summer is the season for Mamma Mia! Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world. Meryl Streep plays an independent, single mother and owner of a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, about to let go of her spirited daughter whom she’s raised alone. But the young bride has secretly invited some guests of her own three men from her mom’s past, one of whom is the girl’s biological father. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled, in this warm and hilarious adaptation of one of the most popular musicals ever written.

Album:WALL•E: Soundtrack

WALL•E: An Original Soundtrack

Thomas Newman

What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?

WALL•E fans will be swept away with this soundtrack that recaptures the fantastic adventures of the Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class. Featuring an original score by Thomas Newman, the soundtrack also includes a brand new track from Peter Gabriel, “Down to Earth.”

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