ORIGINAL SCORE – DRAMA
5. Cloud Atlas – Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
For adding so much immediacy and resilience to the fantastic voyage it is.
4. Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
For his typical use of flowery hurt. It's always so beautiful yet so sad.
3. Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin, Dan Romer
For a peppy thunder for the alternate reality that I'm still humming. It's what kept me through the movie.
2. Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
For a glittering mix of Indian echoes and fantastical titillation.
1. The Master – Johnny Greenwood
For blowing it out of the park…again. His sonic pressure caves into your skull throughout.
Runner Up: Lincoln – John Williams
ORIGINAL SCORE – MUSICAL/COMEDY
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Howard Shore
For being an integral part of the Tolkien films. Try to image them without him.
4. Marvel’s The Avengers – Alan Silvestri
For the best work he has done in years, and with such enthusiasm.
3. Brave – Patrick Doyle
For those mournful sounds and bagpipes that add such vitality. Like Beasts, he got me through the movie.
2. Frankenweenie – Danny Elfman
For playing all the sweetness and sadness of that boy and his dog.
1. The Secret World of Arrietty – Cecile Corbel
For exquisite themes of pain and longing and, also, humor.
Runner Up: NONE
ORIGINAL SCORE – ORIGINAL SONG
5. Brave – “Touch the Sky”
Music by Alex Mandel, Lyrics by Alex Mandel, Mark Andrews
4. Damsels in Distress – "The Sambola! International Dance Craze"
3. Holy Motors – “Who Were We”
Music by Neil Hannon, Lyrics by Neil Hannon, Leos Carax
2. Skyfall – “Skyfall”
Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth
1. Life of Pi – “Pi’s Lullaby”
Music by Mychael Danna, Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri.
Runner Up: NONE