The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards had just been announced in Hollywood. Just for the record Alfonso Cuaron’s outer-space odyssey Gravity and the FBI-related crime/dramedy film by David O. Russel, American Hustle, received the most nominations with ten. However, at the Oscars, not only actors and filmmakers get nominated. Musicians as well in the categories for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
The band members of U2; Pharrell Williams; and Karen O. from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, grabbed nods for Original Song. Meanwhile, veterans John Williams; Thomas Newman; and Alexandre Desplant are in for Original Score. Major upsets come from GRAMMY-nominated Lana del Rey and Golden Globe Award-winner Alex Ebert who were completely snubbed in both categories.
This year’s race for Music Achievement in Original Score is comprised mostly by first-timers. Pharrel Williams is up for “Happy” from the animated film Despicable Me 2; also is Karen O., alongside Spike Jonze, for “The Moon Song” from Her; and off-course Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, co-writers for “Let It Go” from the film Frozen (whose soundtrack is currently atop of the Billboard 200). On the other hand Irish legendary band U2, winners for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes last sunday, scored their second nod for “Ordinary Love” from the Mandela-film —Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom–. Meanwhile veteran soundtrack composer, Bruce Broughton, is back in this category –after thirty years– for “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film of the same name.
The category for Original Score is, as usual, packed with veterans: John William is looking for his sixth Oscar with The Book Thief while Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks) and Alexandre Desplant (Philomena) are vying for their first, out of eleven and six nominations respectively. However, there are also freshmen here: Young Canadian musicians; Owen Pallet and William Butler –drummer for indie rock band Arcade Fire– are in for their contributions in Her. British composer –and favourite to win–, Steven Price, has also received his very first Academy Award nomination for the film Gravity.
Who do you think should win? In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the five contenders for Original Song: