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22. "The Last Emperor"
Composer: David Byrne, Ryûichi Ryûichi Sakamoto, Cong Su
Other nominees: "Cry Freedom," "Empire of the Sun," "The Untouchables," "The Witches of Eastwick"
Why: Much of the music in "The Last Emperor" was split between the two rocker Hollywood outsider minds of Byrne and Sakamoto, with a single track credited to Su. All of it was of a piece, reverent to the film's era, rich and a vital storytelling element throughout.
- Kristopher Tapley