Posted on 20 November 2011.
This is an award given out every year to the best song made especially for movies. Here are 10 movies which I think topped all the ones given and nominated throughout the years. I was looking for uniqueness, class and also something that stands out from the rest.
1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tann Dun:
The soundtrack to this movie earned a nomination in 2000 at the Academy Awards, which it won. It had an excellent combination of western and eastern themes, played with minimalist sound. The score was also excellent at setting the mood and emphasized certain important scenes quite well.
2. Chariots of Fire, Vangelis:
This was very unique of its kind music, which won in 1982 for originals score at the Academy Awards. The music was also new to Vangelis who was more modern. The song had a traditional orchestral score to it. It topped the American billboards for one week, after its release as a single.
3. American Beauty, Thomas Newman:
This 1999 Academy Award winner has a great mystical part to it. It does an excellent job at setting the very slow and easy tone of the movie. The soundtrack album won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media in 1999.
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, John Williams:
This 1982 winner of original score was excellent as well. Williams divided the soundtrack songs into 8 major themes, which were excellent at defining the movie. The emotional touch and the touch of romanticism in the songs helped define the movie from beginning to end.
5. The Agony and the Ecstasy, Alex Smith:
This movie was in the category of Best Score in 1965. Alex Smith is a talented composer. Although it did not win, the original score deserves to be on this list. Its music type was based on that in medieval times and had some religious aspects to it. It really showed that the composer did much research before writing it.
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Posted on 22 August 2011.
Eurovision Songs Contest of 2011 brought out the best in many newer artists. Many of them were able to better define their country’s cultures and traditions. Others were able to set the record by singing in languages rarely sung before. The backdrop, zoom and imagery in each of the following Top 10 Eurovision Contest Videos of 2011 were astounding and deserve recognition.
Artist: Amaury Vassili
Song: “Sognu” (English: “Dream”)
Description: Singing in Corsican language, Amaury Vassili did an excellent job singing to the tune. The video zoomed in on Vassili exceptionally well when his voice pitched and as different musicians were playing. The scenery and the visual effects were stunning and made one dream the lyrics Vassili sung.
Song: I’m Still Alive
Description: This video does an excellent job at presenting some of Slovakia’s greatest moments in sports. The camera zooms, and the slow motioning compliments the lyrics.
Artists: Ell & Nikki
Song: Running Scared
Description: Ell & Nikki did an excellent job at choreographing the lyrics in the video of this song. You can visualize and feel their affection and love as they sang the lyrics.
Artists: Loukas Giorkas featuring Stereo Mike
Song: Watch My Dance
Description: The setting complimented the song and lyrics as the ancient ruins are seen against the blue light. Cameras were able to zoom in on Loukas Giorkas as he sang in traditional Greek style music. Stereo Mike did an excellent job in preparing viewers for Giorkas in this video in modern hip hop style.
Artist: Anastasia Vinnikova
Song: I Love Belarus
Description: The song was originally named “I am Belarussian.” but was changed to the current title because it was sung in public in the summer of 2010. The video mostly shows Vinnikova singing solo, who puts on moves that are well in tuned with the music. The video adds traditional dancers to define Belarus.
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