Just like with Oscar ballots I'm weighting these with #1 as my top choice and so on down the list.
1. Hanna - The Chemical Brothers
The score of the year. It is impossible to think of Hanna without The Chemical Brother's propulsive beats coming to mind. Raises the quality of the movie every time it is used.
2. The Skin I Live In - Alberto Iglesias
Iglesias's impassioned score adds the fevered melodrama Almodovar's latest was lacking in parts. Thrilling.
3. Drive - Cliff Martinez
A breakout hit Martinez's brilliantly original score wavers between the darkly violent and the ethereal perfectly complimenting Refn's neon-noir vision.
*Both this score and Attack the Block were deemed ineligible for Oscar, once again making sure this category omits some of the year's biggest achievements.
4. Attack the Block - Steven Price
Great rip-roaring fun and also a unexpected sound far removed from the typical scare chords we expect from a thriller.
5. Moneyball - Mychael Danna
Subtle, absorbing work to compliment a very complex, cerebral film. Danna's score keeps Moneyball focused on the emotion, preventing it from getting bogged down in stats.
Other Worthy Scores
Hans Zimmer filled Rango with lively fun riffs on Ennio Morricone. Alberto Iglesias delivered another great, more appropriately subtle score for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross delivered more great, brooding music for Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Although it falls short of the greatness of their Oscar-winning score for Social Network, that is an awfully high bar to clear. Finally, Ludovic Bource's jaunty score for The Artist was so enjoyable it made me wonder why the filmmakers resorted to the distracting use of Bernard Herrmann at the climax when Bource surely could have whipped something up something suitably dramatic.
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