Hooray music awards! This year's nominees for Best Score are How To Train Your Dragon, Inception, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, and The Social Network.
I love Alexandre Desplat's music, but I'm surprised at his nomination for The King's Speech, where most of the big musical moments were provided by Mozart and Beethoven. Also, it's kind of cool that Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor was nominated as co-composer for The Social Network. Curious but, I though, fruitless. The award will go to Hans Zimmer for Inception. If you listen closely, his score actually illustrates the multiple-dream-level idea of the movie with different musical lines moving at different rates, the longest of which belts "Ma Vie En Rose," (a crucial plot point) in long foghorn blasts. Brilliant.
The Best Song nominees are "Coming Home" (Country Strong), "I See the Light" (Tangled), "If I Rise" (127 Hours), and "We Belong Together" (Toy Story 3). I've learned from experience that songs that are integral to the plot are the ones that win and songs that just play over the credits do not. That means that "Coming Home" is the likely winner. It's sung in the movie by the characters and directly relates to the action.