Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Oscar 2009 : The Sounds
The sounds of a film surround us. The music, the sound effects, the viewer's subliminal reaction is strong. Music plays our emotions and mood. Often we don't even realize it. The original score of Slumdog Millionaire communicates the culture and setting of the story in an uplifting way. The final scene and end credits are testimony to this. The original song that struck me this year was Peter Gabriel's, Down to Earth from WALL-E. It tied a big bow on such a wonderful film. I think the Oscar for achievement in sound will go to WALL-E, along with sound editing. Clicks and whistles never sounded so good, or meant so much.
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I agree with your assesment of 'Slumdog,' but didn't see 'Wall-E' even though I heard it was great.
As for songs, I'm still angry that Springsteen got absolutely robbed by not getting a nomination for 'The Wrestler' (and I'm not a huge Springsteen fan by nature).
2D~I am also baffled by no nomination for Springsteen. That song was a huge part of the ending of The Wrestler. Screening I went to, no one moved till the song was over. Had it been nominated, I think it would have been the run away winner.
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