Sunday, February 14, 2016

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Adapted Score

Nest up on my list of favourite musical accomplishments of the year:
My selections for Best Adapted Score.

LOVE & MERCY (Atticus Ross)
Remixes and contorting the music Brian Wilson just barely within earshot of recognition, making for a truly unique, inventive, narratively significant soundtrack.

PITCH PERFECT 2 (Sarah Webster, Ed Boyer, Deke Sharon, Alana Da Fonseca)
Not reinventing the wheel by any stretch, but just like its predecessor, the a Capella arrangements are a joy to listen to, to the point where they've become the real attraction of the franchise.

RICKI AND THE FLASH (Ricki and the Flash)
These generous and jaunty rock covers – all of which were performed live for the camera by Streep and her Flash band mates – are a real treat. Worth the price of admission for the music alone.

Other considerations:
*The Last Five Years (Lawrence Manchester)
Straight Outta Compton (The Underdogs, Jojo Villanueva)
Tangerine (Matthew Smith)

*For record, The Last Five Years is by far my favourite movie soundtrack of the year, but I couldn't bring myself to nominate here because the music is barely adapted; The arrangements are nearly identical in fact to the original off-Broadway recording.

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