Michael Giacchino's Up won Best Musical Score at the Oscar's awards last night. It's Giacchino's first Academy Award.
Up, a Pixar film, beat out Avatar, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Hurt Locker and Sherlock Holmes.
Film music historian Jon Burlingame was delighted to see Giacchino win for his score. "In many ways it was the heart of the movie," Burlingame said. "No one could watch the film's four-minute "Married Life" sequence (in which we watch Carl and Ellie pass through their entire lives, without dialogue and set to that beautiful, nostalgic waltz) and fail to be moved. That, I think, is why Academy voters honored Giacchino."