trentatticus385 Oscars 2011:  Picking The Best Original Score

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

If a film score is done right, you may not even notice it while you’re watching the film. It should fit seamlessly into the final product.  It sets the mood, creates tension, and serves as an unseen character.

This year’s list of Best Original Score nominees includes four films that are also up for Best Picture and one film that is up for Best Animated Feature.  The list of composers contains industry veterans like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Hans Zimmer[/lastfm] and seasoned musical pros new to the film biz like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Trent Reznor[/lastfm] of the band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nine Inch Nails[/lastfm].

But which film and composer is going to take home the Oscar Sunday night?  We want to know what you think!  Plus we have a few opinions ourselves.

We’re going to help you out with some samplings of the Best Original Score nominees in case you haven’t seen the film or just need a little refresher.

How to Train Your Dragon– John Powell

Definitely not jumping on the Dragon wagon.  Probably the least likely to pick up the award.

Inception– Hans Zimmer

German-born Hans Zimmer took home the award for his score for The Lion King in 1994, but it’s doubtful his work on Inception will receive the same honor this year.

The King’s Speech– Alexandre Desplat

The King’s Speech is definitely the one to beat when it comes to Best Picture and acting honors, but [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alexandre Desplat[/lastfm]’s handsome and majestic score will probably miss out on this award.

127 Hours– A.R. Rahman

Just as Zimmer has come to be associated with director Christopher Nolan, Indian [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]A.R. Rahman[/lastfm] is making the same mark with 127 Hours director Danny Boyle.  He won the Oscar in 2008 for Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, but he won’t be winning the Oscar this time.

The Social Network– Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross

NIN’s Trent Reznor and long-time producing partner Atticus Ross already picked up the Golden Globe for the haunting and slightly avant-garde score for The Social Network.  Plan on them picking up the big one come Sunday night.

Our Choice To Win:  The Social Network– Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross

Now it’s your turn!  Let us know who you think will be walking away with the Oscar.


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