No Love From the Academy: Music from True Grit

I was disappointed today to find out that the soundtrack from the Cohen Bros. film True Grit was NOT nominated for an Academy Award. The LA Times has called this oversight, “A shame,” and I wholeheartedly agree. A few weeks ago I posted my thoughts on the film and underscored the beauty of the soundtrack and its use of early American hymnody. Apparently Carter Burwell’s soundtrack was disqualified by the Oscars due to the fact that, “…Burwell’s work contain re-interpretations of 19th century Protestant hymns.” Interesting. I guess the member’s of the Academy should have taken a quick look at this post before making such rash decisions about objective originality when it comes to film scores. Oh well. Regardless of the Academy’s opinion, I want to again re-enforce the superb way in which Burwell’s music compliments the mood and thesis of the film. This is, after all, the function of a film soundtrack. So much so, that I would argue that the consumption of a soundtrack apart from the context of a film misses the point. With that said, I have included the soundtrack above for your streaming pleasure! Call it my little attempt to subvert the Academy. There are some other good soundtracks included in the nominations that were NOT disqualified:

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):

How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Of the three on the list that I am familiar with, I am most excited about The Social Network Soundtrack. It is no surprise that Trent Reznor and company were hauntingly effective at expressing the brewing storm of the events that resulted in the advent of Facebook. It is a quality example of the way musical atmosphere and nuance can propel the tension created by the actions in a film. Enjoy below.

The Social Network Soundtrack by Philip Majorins on Grooveshark

True Grit Soundtrack (Carter Burwell) by Philip Majorins on Grooveshark