So the nominations are out, and this year for Best Score we've got: 1) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Music by Alexandre Desplat 2) Defiance: Music by James Newton Howard 3) Milk: Music by Danny Elfman 4) Slumdog Millionaire: Music by A.R. Rahman 5) Wall-E: Music by Thomas Newman And rounding out the Music Nominations we've got the nominees for Best Song: 1) "Down to Earth" from Wall-E: Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyric by Peter Gabriel 2) "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire: Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar 3) "O Saya" from Slumdog Millionaire: Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam As far as Best Score goes, I'm not sure who I'd pick. I haven't heard Milk or Slumdog Millionaire, but the other three were fantastic. Each one had its own distinct flair, though, as much as I liked JNH's score to Defiance, it was probably the most predictable of the scores. I really like Desplat's neo-Debussy style and Thomas Newman's work on Wall-E, especially that Brass writing, was awesome. I wonder if this will finally be Newman's year? For Best Song, I'm not familiar with any of the songs apart from "Down to Earth. I wonder if Rahman is going to cancel himself out like Menken did with Enchanted. Hmm...but then again Slumdog Millionaire seems to be the critic favorite this year so that might propel it to the top in both categories... All in all, it seems like a pretty good year for film music...what are your thoughts?