Best Original Score Nominations Include Presidential Biopic and Fantasy Adventure

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:00 AM


The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning with John Williams once again up for a Best Original Score statuette.

Williams is nominated for his very Copland-esque score for the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic “Lincoln,” which is up for a total of 12 Oscars, the most of any film this year. 

Other nominees for Best Score are Dario Marianelli for "Anna Karenina," Alexandre Desplat for "Argo," Mychael Danna for "Life of Pi" and Thomas Newman for "Skyfall."

Williams was nominated for two Best Score awards in 2012 for "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse," but lost to Ludovic Bource's score for the silent film "The Artist." Not that Williams' mantel is empty, he's won five Oscars. (Listen to the nominees on our Best Score Spotify playlist.)

The 85th Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 24.


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Comments [5]

linda-gabriell kemp

Kinetical from Queens is right. The score for The Master is
electrifying and deserves to be nominated.

As far as use of opera (arias) in movies - what about "Babette's
Feast". The Mozart duet is magical and used to further the plot.

Feb. 22 2013 05:24 PM
Thom from New York, NY

I have played the soundtrack to LINCOLN nearly every day since I bought a copy on November 9th. Remember how the music for JAWS announced the presence of a predator close by? The score for LINCOLN works in the same way but the perspective here is one that announces the arrival of a kind, thoughtful, loving man. This music is so calming and its use in the film so perfectly restrained, always supporting the narrative and never allowing any lyrical beauty to steal the scene so to speak. Steven Spielberg has noted that the film that brought John Williams to his attention was THE REIVERS. That was the score that opened the door to everything John Williams has done ever since for me as well. There are two tracks on this disc "Getting Out the Vote" and "The Race to the House" that remind me a little bit of the THE REIVERS score. My personal favorites on this disc are "Elegy," "The Southern Delegation and The Dream," "With Malice Toward None," and "Peterson House and Finale." There are several John Williams scores that should have won oscars in addition to the ones that did. I am hoping that LINCOLN will be oscar number six for John Williams.

Jan. 10 2013 02:24 PM
Michael from Staten Island

While many people might say "Oh John Williams, same old same old", the soundtrack to Lincoln is another example of some of his great work. The Lincoln soundtrack differs from something like 'War Horse' or his previous works because of its adaptation to its surroundings. While 'Lincoln' still contains that Neo-Romanticism which is Williams' trademark, the combination with that and grassroots Americana melodies and the context it has in the film really makes this one of Williams' most outstanding works.

Jan. 10 2013 01:43 PM
Gev Sweeney from The Jersey Shore

Links would be nice, thanks. I haven't seen all of those movies. I've heard excerpts from "Lincoln," though, and -- alas -- I'm not thrilled. What I heard sounded like an unfortunate morph of James Horner's score for "Glory" and Williams's music for "Saving Private Ryan."

Jan. 10 2013 01:42 PM
Kinetical from Queens

That there was no love for Jonny Greenwood's electrifying score for The Master is a real shame.
(Especially after the score for his last collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007's There Will Be Blood, was excluded on a technicality.)

Is anyone NOT sick of Williams yet?

Jan. 10 2013 12:55 PM

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