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Best Original Score: "Upstream Color"
Shane Carruth’s ecstatic, romantic mind-bender won a special award at Sundance for its sound design – and it’s just as worthy of notice in that area too. But the film’s rich, complex soundscape is difficult to judge separately from Carruth’s own immersive, reverberating score, which blends the synthetic and the symphonic to almost overwhelming effect – and, by the way, is just as thrilling a listen when detached from the film. The Academy’s music branch has little time for non-traditional scoring, off-the-beaten-track indies or directors who double as their own composers, so it would take at least one miracle for this nomination to occur. But this extraordinary score won’t have left my head by the year’s end.
- Guy Lodge