Friday, November 30, 2012

Best Music: 2000s

UPDATE (12/10/12): I just realized that I forgot about Mihály Vig's beautiful score for Bela Tarr's Werckmeister Harmonies. So, it's replaced Ennio Morricone's win for Malena in 2000. Sorry, but I HAD to fix that. 
Best Original Score:

2000: Werckmeister Harmonies (Mihály Vig)
Oscar winner: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Tan Dun)
Was this nominated?: No 

2001: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (John Williams)
Oscar winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2002: Signs (James Newton Howard)
Oscar winner: Frida (Elliot Goldenthal)
Was this nominated?: No

2003: Love Actually (Craig Armstrong)
Oscar winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)
Was this nominated?: No

2004: The Motorcycle Diaries (Gustavo Santaolalla)
Oscar winner: Finding Neverland (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek)
Was this nominated?: No

2005: The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Alexandre Desplat)
Oscar winner: Brokeback Mountain (Gustavo Santaolalla)
Was this nominated?: No

2006: A Good Year (Marc Streitenfeld)
Oscar winner: Babel (Gustavo Santaolalla)
Was this nominated?: No

2007: Atonement (Dario Marianelli)
Oscar winner: Atonement (Dario Marianelli)

2008: Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman)
Oscar winner: Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman)

2009: Moon (Clint Mansell)
Oscar winner: Up (Michael Giacchino)
Was this nominated?: No

Best Original Song:

2000: "Things Have Changed" - Wonder Boys
Oscar winner: "Things Have Changed" - Wonder Boys

2001: "For Always" - A.I. Artificial Intelligence+
Oscar winner: "If I Didn't Have You" - Monsters, Inc.
Was this nominated?: No

2002: "Lose Yourself" - 8 Mile
Oscar winner: "Lose Yourself" - 8 Mile

2003: "Belleville Rendez-Vous" - The Triplets of Belleville
Oscar winner: "Into the West" - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Was this nominated?: Yes

2004: "Old Habits Die Hard" - Alfie
Oscar winner: "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" - The Motorcycle Diaries
Was this nominated?: No

2005: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" - Hustle & Flow
Oscar winner: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" - Hustle & Flow

2006: "You Know My Name" - Casino Royale
Oscar winner: "I Need to Wake Up" - An Inconvenient Truth
Was this nominated?: No

2007: "Falling Slowly" - Once
Oscar winner: "Falling Slowly" - Once

2008: "Low are the Punches" - Somers Town
Oscar winner: "Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire
Was this nominated?: No

2009: "Help Yourself" - Up in the Air
Oscar winner: "The Weary Kind" - Crazy Heart
Was this nominated?: No (not eligible)

+ Possible spoilers in the A.I. Artificial Intelligence clip

Now that I'm done with this category, I have a question for you. Which of the categories below should I do next? Let me know in the comments.

-Screenplays (Adapted and Original)
-Art Direction
-Costume Design
-Film Editing
-Sound (Mixing and Editing)
-Visual Effects
-Animated Feature Film (only the 2000s)

Updated: 8/28/14


  1. thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, I love "Old Habits Die Hard" and "You know my name", both great songs that should have won.

    I'd love to see your choices for Screenplays!

    1. I know, right? And they weren't even nominated.

      Great, thanks!

  3. I LOVE the entire Casino Royale soundtrack, can't believe it wasn't even nominated! I've been wanting to check out Malena for ages, and I love Ennio Morricone's work, especially Cinema Paradiso.

    1. I love Malena, but I haven't seen it in over 2 years. Need to rewatch it. Though, Morricone's score is one of my favorites.