Oscar 2012: Film Score Review!

24 Feb

By Littlebells

This Sunday is the Sunday of all Sundays as far as the entertainment world is concerned.  This is the night Oscar polishes up and makes his appearance around the world.  This weekend we bring you the soundtracks from the nominated films for Best Original Score.

You may well recognize several of the composers as they have a tremendous history in Hollywood’s film scores.  Let us know which one you think should win Mr. Oscar!

The Adventures of Tin Tin—John Williams (80 this year and still creating amazing music with 5 Oscars to his name)

The Artist—Ludovic Bource (our newbie!  Welcome Ludovic!)

Hugo—Howard Shore (3 Oscar wins)

TTSS—Alberto Iglesias (has been nominated for 3 Oscars)

War Horse—John Willaims

9 Responses to “Oscar 2012: Film Score Review!”

  1. Littlebells February 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

    I honestly am having the hardest time deciding. Fortunately if Williams doesn’t win with one he can with with the other. 🙂 I love the music from “The Artist”, yet I love Williams and Shore’s compositions. Aaahhh!!! I think I’ll eenie-meenie-mo it for the win! hahaha!!! Whoever wins will be absolutely deserving as I think each nominee has incredible work.

    • Open Book February 24, 2012 at 12:10 PM #

      This is fantastic LB!!

      I have listened to all of them and I’m conflicted. I love, love the music for “The Artist” because it evokes so many great memories of the film in me. Yet, I love TTS because of the melancholy nature to the score. Umm! Let see Shore I love, love because it has a very celestial, transcendental feel to it. I’m completely undecided here. LOL!! So I will say “The Artist.” That’s my final answer. No wait! Shore. No…O.k. The Artist….

  2. Comic Relief February 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM #


    You set up a comparison yet placed Williams on the list twice. What is this, a mean girls evaluation. I won’t assume he is paying you under the table (wink, wink).

    With “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jaws”, “The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Towering Inferno”, “Superman”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “The Accidental Tourist”, and many more, it’s hard not agree Williams completely rewrote the book for screenplays.

    • Comic Relief February 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM #

      Sorry: it’s hard not to agree Williams completely rewrote the book for screenplays.

  3. Comic Relief February 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM #


    Speaking of the soundtracks….

    With plaintive flute, sweeping orchestral violin, barrowing kettle drums, I thought “War horse” was trademark John Williams. He can and does this stuff with his eyes closed. I think the fact that this treatment doesn’t really sound any different than how he has handled so many American themed movies might be distressing between him and his peers. After all he had the pick of numerous European countries to borrow from to help tell this story. I don’t remember his “Schindler’s List” that well but you would think he might prepare something more Germanic to describe the threat to the main character and horse. Of course we are only listening to one selection form the movie.

    Contrarily, alternating subtle use of snare drum brushes and an (almost) barouche harpsichord give “Tintin” has a European flavor that inspires old world and new world colonial Asian and European locales of the movie. Sly like Michael Giacchino’s “The Incredibles”, or even Williams own “Catch Me If You Can” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” sound track this arrangement rocks. So I will propose this is the best of the Williams’ two entries.

    I agree with OB, Ludovic Bource’s “The Artist” soundtrack is a powerful entry given that it never had to compete with dialogue during the movie. I’m sure these musicians are paid well, yet he should have been paid double for having such a significant impact on the narrative.

    • littlebells February 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM #

      Wow, CR! I am impressed! Did you take music theory by any chance??? 🙂

      I wish I could have found videos that had clips of each song from their respective scores. We really don’t get much with these videos, but it is still better than nothing! 🙂

      I truly cannot wait to see The Artist. From people who have seen it and know me so well, I am told I will love it! Bource’s music is delightful and yes, to create a body of work for a silent film is tremendous.

      What I love about each composer is this: despite they are composing for a film, their music is so moving and transcendent, it provokes such strong emotions that you do not even need to see the film to appreciate it or understand what is being translated through the music. It is all encompassing.

      Re Williams; hahahahahahaah!!!! That man has skillzzzzz!

      PS. Are you leaning one way or another for the win or are you as undecided as myself or OB?

      • Comic Relief February 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM #

        No music theory, I was in high school band for 3 minutes; I was just excited by your article.

        Glad you are impressed.

        Not on the fence, I chose Bource, see below.

        • littlebells February 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM #

          haha!! That’s about how long I lasted with violin, although now I regret it. Oh well. Yes, I think I will be on the edge of my seat for this award. Can’t wait!

  4. Comic Relief February 24, 2012 at 3:42 PM #


    I’ll give it to Bource unless silent films come back into vogue, few will have the challenge of doing this much with sound again for some time. Bource has unearthed a dead art and doing anything this old is almost making it new again.

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