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10. Best Original Score: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
This year's Best Original Score category doesn't offer, to my ears, a vintage slate of nominees: Ludovic Bource's work in "The Artist" is bouncy but scattered, Howard Shore contributes Parisian class but little personality to "Hugo" and John Williams's pair of booming Spielberg scores aren't wildly different from all his other booming Spielberg scores. But Alberto Iglesias's subtly mournful, jazz-infused score for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" is the only one of the nominees that felt to me like a virtual character in the film. Washing lightly over proceedings like gray London rain, it guides atmosphere without dictating feeling, speaks to characters without speaking for them, and plays pretty beautifully away from the film, too. Iglesias had a banner year in 2011. He was equally deserving of a nomination for markedly different, more abrasive work in "The Skin I Live In." A win here would be a neat body-of-work acknowledgement, while remaining wholly deserving on its own terms. --Guy Lodge