Yesterday, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released their nomination list for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Among those selected for possible honors stand the scores for The Dark Knight Rises, The Artist, The Muppets, The Descendants, Midnight in Paris, The Hunger Games, Brave and more!
John Williams Vs Hans Zimmer Vs Howard Shore
This year three composing titans will go head-to-head in the Best Score category; John Williams was nominated for his standout work in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin; Hans Zimmer received a nomination for the epic sounds of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and Howard Shore received a nomination for his majestic score in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.
The three men, known for scoring some of the best cinematic theme songs of all time, are also up against multitalented rockers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the energetic sounds of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Before going into composing, Reznor was a vocalist for Nine Inch Nails, the most popular industrial group of all time. In 2010, both Reznor and Ross teamed up with director David Fincher for the Social Network score, which won Best Original Score at the Golden Globes and The Academy Awards. Can they win again?
Rounding out the category is french composer Ludovic Bource’s Academy Award-winning score for The Artist, and Austin Wintory’s work in the video game Journey. As you’ve noticed, the Grammy’s operate under a different system when considering the nominees; the score categories recognizes music composed and compiled for all visual media, which is also why the television show Smash received a nomination in “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
‘The Hunger Games’ & ‘The Muppets’ Score Big
Both The Hunger Games and The Muppets lead the pack as both carry two nominations. The Taylor Swift vocalized track “Safe and Sound” and Arcade Fire’s “Abraham’s Daughter” represent Gary Ross’s adaptation of the wildly successful Hunger Games, while The Muppets received a nomination for “Man or Muppet” and one for Best Compilation Soundtrack.
Mumford & Sons were also nominated in Best Song Written for Visual Media for their track “Lean Me Right” featured in the score for Pixar’s Brave.
Overall, the playing field seems level. One can’t help but wonder about the nomination possibilities if the scores from 2011 weren’t included and more from 2012 were. This only occurs because The Grammy’s cutoff date for those eligible for nominations is different from that of The Academy Awards and Golden Globes. We’ll have to wait for next year to see if the soundtracks for Life of Pi, Les Miserables, and several others receive nominations.
To see the nominations for all 81 categories head to Grammy.com/Nominees. The ceremony takes place Sunday, February 10th, 2013.
The 55th Grammy Nominations for Visual Media Categories
Midnight in Paris
Rock of Ages
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn composed by John Williams
The Artist composed by Ludovic Bource
The Dark Knight Rises composed by Hans Zimmer
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Hugo composed by Howard Shore
Journey composed by Austin Wintory
Best Song Written For Visual Media
“Abraham’s Daughter” from The Hunger Games
T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, songwriters
(performed by Arcade Fire)
“Learn Me Right” from Brave
Mumford & Sons, songwriters
(performed by Birdy & Mumford & Sons)
“Let Me Be Your Star” from the TV series “Smash”
Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, songwriters
(performed by Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty)
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets
Bret McKenzie, songwriter
(performed by Jason Segel & Walter)
“Safe & Sound” from The Hunger Games
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters
(performed by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars)