Honor roll: Soundtrack albums

Each of these Soundtrack albums has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Album:The Artist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Artist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Ludovic Bource

The Artist is a silent film directed by Michel Hazanavicius using the techniques and expressions reminiscent of old-time movie making. Composer Ludovic Bource’s original music is brilliant and catchy in the spirit of Chaplin, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman and evokes the big romantic symphonic repertoire from the 19th Century. The music speaks and replaces the words—it becomes part of the story and is essential to the film.

Album:Up: Original Soundtrack

Up: Soundtrack: Original Soundtrack

Michael Giacchino

Grammy® Award winning composer Michael Giacchino score to a comedy adventure about 78 year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America.

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:Life of Pi: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Life of Pi: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Mychael Danna

Canadian-born Mychael Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western music with orchestral and electronic elements in his film scores. Life of Pi marks his third collaboration with Ang Lee, having previously written the original music for The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil.

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: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: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:The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Music from the Motion Picture

Howard Shore

This final chapter of Peter Jackson’s sprawling adaptation of Tolkien’s “Ring” trilogy closes out one of the most accomplished cycles in cinema—and film music—history. As he’s done for the saga’s first two installments, composer Howard Shore has honed a mature, brooding orchestral masterpiece that’s long on subtle shadings of mood and nuance, while eschewing the hollow bombast that’s characterized all too many mainstream action and adventure films for three decades. If anything, he’s pared this chapter of his music for Middle Earth even closer to the bone, the…

Album:Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Tan Dun

The classical works of Tan Dun typically fuse compositional elements from the East and the West, but for his soundtrack to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, musical cultures aren’t so much blurred as coexistent side-by-side. While the magical martial arts film doesn’t boast music as stunning as its visuals, this soundtrack is still beautiful and elegant, a perfect complement to the movie’s mysticism. Just don’t expect epic, John Williams-inspired bombast here. On “A Wedding Interrupted,” the riveting brass and string section introduction segues…

Album:The King's Speech: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The King's Speech: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alexandre Desplat

The King's Speech tells an incredible story—all of it true. The luxurious score is by Alexander Desplat (“The Painted Veil”).

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