Hans Zimmer

“Interstellar” is an emotionally gripping score, that not only accents the conflicting moments, like lead Matthew McConaughey’s big decision to leave his children for a trip to another galaxy to save the human race or major secrets revealed over the spaceship tape relay, but also adds to the science fiction element that all space odyssey’s must have. That tinge of otherworldly adds something unique to this score, and helps with the self-reflecting that often comes from a Christoper Nolan film. Listen to “S.T.A.Y.” and hear how it builds to a pivotal moment. Listen to the intricate details of the rise. The swelling, sometime overpowering, sometimes soothing nature of the strings. This score is unforgettable and one of the best parts of the film, an element that will be sorely missed without a theatrical surround sound.

Hans Zimmer has been previously nominated for Best Original Score nine times (one of which was for Nolan’s “Inception” in 2011) this being his tenth Oscar nomination. By no means a record for the Oscar, 10 nominations means the Academy likes your work and with only one previous win for “The Lion King” (1994), Zimmer could be due for another win.

What’s its competition? Having yet to see most of these films again to take in the scores more completely, it is tough right off the bat to say which has the upper hand. If I had to pick anything, it would be Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s score for “The Theory of Everything,” because if I remember correctly, it was quite stirring. Not to mention, Jóhannsson also won the Golden Globe for the same score. My next pick would likely be “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” as Alexandre Desplat is nominated twice in this category and it would be a surprise to see him not win with the odds stacked in his favorite. “Budapest” is very loved this year, with eight other nominations including Best Picture, so a win in Best Original Score would not be a surprise. Can Zimmer sneak in? Of course he can. With ten nominations, he is definitely on the Academy’s radar and with such a strong score and the Academy loving Nolan’s body of work, it is definitely in the top three.

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// Produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, and Lynda Obst // Directed by Christopher Nolan //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 24th, 2015 // AMC Citywalk // 36 films – 30 days //

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