Oscar Nominations

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.),Alexandre Desplat
“Defiance” (Paramount Vantage), James Newton Howard
“Milk” (Focus Features), Danny Elfman
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
“WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
“O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam

This is a really good list of music. While there has been noise for nominating the music from "Dark Knight", "The Changeling" and "Frost/Nixon" I don't think any of those were of the quality of what we have here. It is disappointing that Nico Muhly didn't get a nod for "The Reader" but as it was his first film score, I'm not surprised he was passed over this year. I've not see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” or “Milk” as yet, but both scores were done by established composers. John Williams has no offerings this year, but then he had a piece performed at the inauguration, so he's been busy elsewhere (and 2 Spielberg films due out in 2011).

Complete List of Nominations

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