2nd TFO Awards PART 4: Aural Categories

The following awards are:

Best Original Music Score

Best Adapted Music / Song Score

Best Original Song

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

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Best Original Music Score

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The Ghost Writer – Alexandre Desplat

The music itself makes the film a lot classier. There is mystery, sophistication, and the chill that it evokes in every time the music swells. The music was a very helpful instrument in heightening the creeping tension in the film. It makes the audience excited in what is going to happen in the film.

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How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell

It’s as sweeping as animated film music scores can get. The film understands the scope of the perspective of the lead character and the overwhelming feeling whenever a dragon appears, and the music takes advantage of that to bring epic music that mixes breathtaking orchestrations with a soaring feeling.

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Inception – Hans Zimmer

Right from the start of the film, the music beholds you to the environment of the film. While the images are a spectacular sight, it is the music that makes you experience the feeling of seeing that if you were actually one of the characters. What builds up in the first parts of the film explodes into a massive and powerful last part of the film which the music moves in perfect synchronization.

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Shake Rattle and Roll 12 (PUNERARYA Episode) – Jerrold Tarog

Registers each music piece with eerie fantasy feeling. The music slowly uncovers each dimension of the story quite well with the perfect use of rhythm and timing, coming from the fact that the one composed the music is also the director of this film – what a genius! With all of the frustratingly noisy horror film scores around, it is really a welcome treat to hear music that is as fresh as this one.

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The Social Network – Atticus Ross, Teent Reznor

Invading the film with full dynamic blast, the music of the film teases us to actually feel the world of the college life they had – somewhat drugged, sex-oriented, always unsure, blurry angst. It all comes greatly when you watch the scenes where the music does a lot of work to either make the scenario as real as possible or evoke the emotions as powerful as possible. Quite a revolutionary work.

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Gold: Inception – Hans Zimmer

Silver: The Social Network – Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor

Bronze: The Ghost Writer – Alexandre Desplat

Runners-Up: How to Train Your Dragon, Shake Rattle and Roll 12  – PUNERARYA Episode
Finalists: Never Let Me Go, Agora, Rabbit Hole, Let Me In, Alice in Wonderland, White Material, The Tourist
Semi-Finalists: The King’s Speech, TRON: Legacy, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Despicable me, All Good Things, Fair Game, Mother
Shortlisted: Applaus, Shutter Island, Animal Kingdom, Charlie St. Cloud, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Winter’s Bone, The American, 127 Hours, The Wolfman

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Best Adapted Music / Song Score

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Black Swan – Jim Black, Clint Mansell, Gabe Hilfer

It’s quite a terrific job when you think of it. The ballet becomes the obsession of the main character, and the work of Tchaikovsky mixing with Mansell’s original work and the line that differentiates the work of the two blurring into the music’s hypnotic power – just sheer brilliance.

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Blue Valentine – Grizzly Bear, Joe Rudge

The juvenile melancholy that the songs bring into the film is such a welcome treat to further add texture to this bittersweet tale of marriage and complications.

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Flipped – Marc Shaiman

Nostalgia carried well by the appropriately chosen music doesn’t hurt the seriousness of the film. It adds more atmosphere to the film, which makes the much more delightful to see.
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I Am Love – John Adams, Jen Moss

When a preexisting music fits perfectly with a director’s vision, it really is something. It’s almost impossible to believe that the music was not composed specifically for the film, because it really feels it is.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nigel Godrich, Kathy Nelson

Well, the music appropriately sounds trashy and noisy, but it gives the film the energy that makes the film enjoyable to watch.

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Gold: Black Swan – Jim Black, Clint Mansell, Gabe Hilfer

Silver: I Am Love – John Adams, Jen Moss

Bronze: Blue Valentine – Grizzly Bear, Joe Rudge

Runners-Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Flipped
Finalists: The Fighter, Country Strong, Burlesque, Easy A, The Kids Are All Right, Winter’s Bone, Morning Glory, Hot Tub Time Machine
Semi-Finalists: Going the Distance, Love and Other Drugs

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Best Original Song

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“If I Rise” – 127 Hours; Music: A.R. Rahman, Lyrics: Dido, Rollo Armstrong

I have appreciated it more on repeated listening. It works best when you listen to it with the movie. Nevertheless, it is an inspiring soul that rings true to its soulfulness. And when you think of all the struggle of the lead character of the film.

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“Made in Dagenham” – Made in Dagenham; Music and Lyrics: David Arnold, Billy Bragg

Again, a very hopeful song. It sounds very specific, period-wise, and it echoes classic songs of the 60’s, but the beauty of the song is timeless. Worth listening to whenever you’re down and you need some cheering up.

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“Me and Tennessee” – Country Strong; Music and Lyrics: Chris Martin

Very beautifully written and so melodically catchy. In some ways, it is a straightforward song that makes you think of a story that is hidden in it. The duet is a hit, it is a very romantic yet bittersweet song that can stand on its own.

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“Sticks and Stones” – How to Train Your Dragon; Music and Lyrics: Jonsi

Rousing song to the extreme. After the soaring musical score of the film, all you need is an energetic ode to being the best that you can and you’ve sold me the upbeat ending of this exciting film.

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“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” – Burlesque; Music and Lyrics: Diane Warren

At first, it may just sound like Cher’s pronouncement that she’s still here, but there’s actually a lot of emotional punch of it. Again, it is quite hopeful, but there’s bitterness in it, and that makes this song more compelling.

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Gold: “Sticks and Stones” – How to Train Your Dragon; Music and Lyrics: Jonsi

Silver: “Me and Tennessee” – Country Strong; Music and Lyrics: Chris Martin

Bronze: “Made in Dagenham” – Made in Dagenham; Music and Lyrics: David Arnold, Billy Bragg

Runners-Up: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” – Burlesque, “If I Rise” – 127 Hours
Finalists: “Show Me How You Burlesque” – Burlesque, “We Belong Together” – Toy Story 3, “Coming Home” – Country Strong, “If You Run” – Going the Distance, “This Is a Low” – Tamara Drewe, “Welcome to Burlesque” – Burlesque, “”What If” – Letters to Juliet
Semi-Finalists: “Better Days” – Eat Pray Love, “Bound to You” – Burlesque, “I See the Light” – Tangled, “Chanson Illusionist” – The Illusionist

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Best Sound Editing

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Black Swan – Brian Emrich, Craig Heninghan

Eerie sounds that serves the slow descent of Nina into madness.

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Inception – Richard King

Different levels of dream defined by the texture of the sound.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – James Boyle, Julian Slater

Video game sounds – character introductions, fight scenes – full of fun dimensions of the game.

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TRON: Legacy – Steve Boeddeker, Christopher Boyes, Addison Teagues, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

Entirely virtual environment filled with exciting sounds.

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Unstoppable – Alan Rankin, Ann Schibelli, Mark P. Stoeckinger

The train has a ‘character’ – monstrously sounding, terrifying to hear.

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Gold: Inception – Richard King

Silver: Black Swan – Brian Emrich, Craig Heninghan

Bronze: TRON: Legacy – Steve Boeddeker, Christopher Boyes, Addison Teagues, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

Runners-Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Unstoppable
Finalists: The Social Network, Agora, Toy Story 3, Shake Rattle and Roll 12 – PUNERARYA Episode, The American, True Grit, Salt
Semi-Finalists: Shutter Island, The Wolfman, 127 Hours, Green Zone, The Tourist, Hereafter, Burlesque, Dogtooth
Shortlisted: Devil, RED, The Crazies, Let Me In, Alice in Wonderland, The Town, the Fighter, Buried, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Best Sound Mixing

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Agora – Jorge Adrados, Mike Dowson, Peter Glossop, Ian Tapp

Best Sound Work in the Film: Destruction of Library Sequence

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Black Swan – Alfonso Calvo, Craig Heninghan, Ken Ishii, Dominick Tavell

Best Sound Work in the Film: Club Scene

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Inception – Lora Hirschberg, Steve Nelson, Ed Novick, Gary A. Rizzo

Best Sound Work in the Film:

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The King’s Speech – Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, John Midgley

Best Sound Work in the Film: Bertie’s first speech

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The Social Network – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Mark Weingarten

Best Sound Work in the Film: Club Scene

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Gold: Inception – Lora Hirschberg, Steve Nelson, Ed Novick, Gary A. Rizzo

Silver: Black Swan – Alfonso Calvo, Craig Heninghan, Ken Ishii, Dominick Tavell

Bronze: The Social Network – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Mark Weingarten

Runners-Up: Agora, The King’s Speech
Finalists: TRON: Legacy, Salt, The Ghost Writer, Mother, True Grit, Green Zone, Let Me In
Semi-Finalists: How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, Shutter Island, The American, The Illusionist, I Am Love, The Crazies, Monsters
Shortlisted: The Wolfman, Alice in Wonderland, The Town, The Tourist, Fair Game, Nowhere Boy, All Good Things, Burlesque, Dogtooth, Tangled, Tamara Drewe, Despicable Me, Lourdes, Country Strong, Hot Tub Time Machine

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Previous Awards page:

Visual Categories 1 / Visual Categories 2Scene Categories

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So far, how are your bets doing?

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