In the last few years, I’ve become something of an Oscars junkie, consuming as much punditry and speculation on awards season as I can, and the one thing that bugs me the most whenever the topic of best score comes up, is when a film critic says, “that score was great” or “it was a real banger”, without explaining why. Sometimes the word “atmospheric” gets bandied around, which is even more irritating because it’s such a nebulous word that can really mean anything and is almost never used in a context that makes it feel specific in describing what it means in the given context.

So, with that being said, here are the thoughts and opinions of a film-loving music student on this year’s slate of Oscar nominees for Best Original Score…

I wrote about this year’s Oscar Nominees for Best Original Score for The Sphinx. You can read the article here.