The nominations for the 72nd Golden Globes have been announced. Here are the music-related categories and nominees.
Best Original Score:
The Imitiation Game composed by Alexadnre Desplat
The Theory of Everything composed by Johann Johannsson
Gone Girl composed by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Birdman composed by Antonio Sanchez
Interstellar composed by Hans Zimmer
A fine mix of green shirts and veterans, this category is as difficult a choice as ever. This is Johann Johannsson and Antonio Sanchez's first Golden Globe nomination, Hans Zimmer's twelfth, Alexandre Desplat's sixth, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's third nomination. Each score has its own personality that landed them their nomination. Reznor and Ross's beautifully disturbing score for Gone Girl definitely did not disappoint, though Interstellar's so called "sound mixing faux pas" has definitely put the gorgous score at center stage. While Desplat's score for The Imitiation Game definitely deserves the nomination, it left something to be desired as compared to its competition. Sanchez's jazzy score for Birdman brings a different sort of attitude that stands out against the others. Gone Girl and Interstellar seem to be the lead runners in the race, an upset from Birdman's fan-favorite score would not be too surprising.
Best Original Song:
"Big Eyes" from Big Eyes, music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
"Glory" from Selma, music and lyrics by John Legend & Common
"Mercy Is" from Noah, music and lyrics by Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye
"Opportunity" from Annie, music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler & Will Gluck
"Yellow Flicker Beat" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, music and lyrics by Lorde
With the exception of Sia Furler who was nominated in this category for "Bound to You" from Burlesque in 2011, this group is entirely new to the Golden Globes. Though Lorde and Del Rey have never really been able to secure their presence at events such as these, this could very well be their year. However, I believe the true competition lies between Legend and Common's "Glory" and Smith and Kaye's "Mercy Is." While the somber lullaby of "Mercy Is" beautifully blends the mechanics of Christian music with the feel of today's "indie movement," "Glory"'s powerful and relevent themes about race and civil rights tie together past and present events and keeps it at the for front of the category.
The Awards will be announced at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony on January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
To see the full list of nominations click here.