Great Film Scores That Didn’t Get Oscar Nominations, Part 3

Here we will conclude the three-part series on scores.

John Ottman is a man of many talents. Not only did he compose and orchestrate the score for The Usual Suspects (1995), he edited the film too! I give nothing but praise.

As if the imagery in Gods and Monsters (1998) were not enough to reduce you to tears, Carter Burwell’s music will do the job just fine. “Love in the Trenches” is one of my favorite selections from the score.

Out of Sight (1998) is one of my favorite movies ever. And I mean ever. The score by David Holmes captures every feeling perfectly. This dreamlike track, “No More Time Outs,” accompanies the famous out-of-sequence love scene. (Also check out “The Trunk Scene” and “Tub Scene.”)

I suppose it’s silly to complain that Howard Shore didn’t get an Oscar nomination for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when he won Oscars for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, but I would argue that this track (“Evenstar”) and one from the end of the film, “Samwise the Brave,” are among my favorite themes in the whole trilogy.

Joe Hisaishi’s score for Hayao Miyazaki’s animated extravaganza Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is delightful. It has all the whimsy, adventure and romance of the Diana Wynne Jones story upon which the film is based.

The Painted Veil (2006) is truly one of the finest movies of the past decade. Alexandre Desplat’s “River Waltz,” performed by pianist Lang Lang with an orchestra, is its most beautiful highlight. (There is an equally lovely version which is solo piano.) Desplat did in fact win a Golden Globe for this work.

Here we have the crown jewel in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight (2008), music composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. The film’s closer, “A Dark Knight,” has all the power and majesty we would expect from such a tremendous motion picture.

I thought that TRON: Legacy (2010) was pretty awesome. Daft Punk’s exceptionally cool score is the icing on the cake. The overture is great, but this chosen clip of the end credit music is my favorite.


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