Oscar Post-Mortem, Part 5 of 6

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
My Head Says: Atonement
My Heart Says: Atonement
Winner: Atonement

Comments: Dario Marianelli, whose only previous Oscar nomination was for Pride And Prejudice, deserves to win for his unorthodox score for Atonement. Haunting and melodic, he employs the use of the 'tuck-tuck-tuck' sound of the typewriter to vary the tempo and pacing of the film at certain key moments. An intelligent musician.

The dark horse here is Alberto Iglesias whose work for The Kite Runner is exotic and culturally vibrant. Like Marianelli, he has one previous nomination for The Constant Gardener, which ironically, was released in the same year as Pride And Prejudice.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
My Head Says: "That's How You Know" (Enchanted)
My Heart Says: "So Close" (Enchanted)
Winner: "Falling Slowly" (Once)

Comments: I should have seen it coming. How I managed to screw up my choices for this category is beyond my mental capacity. Is it possible that the Academy will reward eight-time Oscar winning song writer Alan Menken, who is responsible for unforgettable songs for animated features like Beauty And The Beast Pocahontas, and Aladdin, again?

"Falling Slowly" is a melancholic, touching piece that is Oscar-material; it deserves the award for its simplicity in construction and presentation, unlike Menken's overzealous, high octane pieces.

BEST SOUND
My Head Says: Transformers
My Heart Says: Transformers
Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum

Comments: Another category ripe for picking, but I flopped again. Transformers was awesome, but only technically. It was a badly-made film designed to squeeze out every dollar from fanboys' pockets whom were deceived that watching Michael Bay's crash-and-burn feature five times was money put to good use.

The Bourne Ulitmatum is vintage Paul Greengrass. Realistic soundscape in an urban setting that inflates your senses. And it's also an excellent thriller, both technically and narratively. A certain winner which I should have predicted correctly.

BEST SOUND EDITING
My Head Says: Transformers
My Heart Says: Ratatouille
Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum

Comments: Good things come in a pair. So there was no surprise that The Bourne Ultimatum bagged this as well. Ultimatum winning three out of three is a strong testament to Greengrass' vision and technique.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
My Head Says: Transformers
My Heart Says: Transformers
Winner: The Golden Compass

Comments: This is a shock result. No one in the right frame of mind will vote for The Golden Compass. How could the polar bears defeat the robots in Transformers? Yes, both are below-average films, but I still root for Michael Bay's action flick; arguably one of the most visually stunning films of 2007. The Academy made a wrong call here.

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