be deaf than blind.
For some reason, I was thinking yesterday about whether I would rather be blind than deaf. Whenever I was asked this, I would usually answer the opposite, but recently I’ve realized that music is too important to me, and I couldn’t stand to live without it!
Yeah, I said it.
Don’t get me wrong, The Social Network soundtrack, written by the guys from Nine Inch Nails, was phenomenal. It matched the film perfectly. The constant buzzing throughout perfectly matched the “buzzing” that supposedly most hyper-geniuses hear all the time was perfect, and the futuristic techno-y guitar was great. Definitely proved that technology can be used for more than just social networking - it can be used to create a great movie score too.
But COME ON. Hans Zimmer is one of the most underappreciated (at least at the Oscars) composers to have walked the Earth, and he can do it with just a regular old orchestra, not a synthesizer like Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Every score he does is better than the last…until you go back and listen to his Prince of Egypt soundtrack (yeah, I said it), and then you realize that they’re all equally amazing, and they fit the mood of the films so perfectly.
But I would argue that he didn’t even stand a chance in this category. The Social Network won the Golden Globe and a few other awards, and for some reason the Academy loves A.R. Rahman (I mean, I loved Slumdog Millionaire as much as everyone else, but come on), and Alexander Desplat and John Powell are both Academy veterans (and the former has done like 3 scores this year, including the two last Harry Potter’s). But a lot of Desplat’s score was based on Beethoven - like the iconic voice-over part of the king giving his speech that they played at the end in the Best Picture montage - that’s Beethoven!
But I will forever and always love Hans Zimmer. His music moves me to tears, it inspires me, and it makes the movies for which he composes that much better. Part of what made Inception such a dynamic film was the music. I’m glad it got recognized for the awards that it did, but music was the missing piece.
Unfortunately, it seems like Hans Zimmer is the Christopher Nolan of music - there is no action/adventure/thriller genre without him, but the Academy just doesn’t get that.
On another note, the music from Black Swan was pretty fantastic too. Obviously it’s not eligible since a lot of it was based on Tchaikovsky’s original work, but the way the score was seamlessly integrated into the original Swan Lake music was pretty phenomenal - subtle and absolutely breathtaking.
These guys I know at UGA submitted themselves to this contest through MTV that sends two college students to the Oscars as Red Carpet Correspondents! Out of hundreds and hundreds of applicants, Blake and David got into the top 3 and get to go to LA for the Oscars! The winner is announced this weekend, and those two actually get to interview celebrities on the red carpet. This is the video they made for being in the top 3 and it’s AWESOME.