Oscar Nominees for Best Score, and the Musical Urgency of 'Downton Abbey'

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This year's contenders for the Best Score Oscar are Dario Marianelli for "Anna Karenina," Alexandre Desplat for "Argo," Mychael Danna for "Life of Pi," John Williams for "Lincoln," and Thomas Newman for "Skyfall." Host David Garland is joined by Slate.com film critic Dana Stevens to present music from these scores, and to talk about the films and the power and effectiveness of their music.

Plus, TV's popular "Downton Abbey" is given a sense of urgency and importance by John Lunn's score for the series. Garland investigates the way Lunn's type of romantic minimalism has become the style often associated with period dramas and literary adaptations.