2 October 2013 3:35 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The best score in a movie I have heard this year has been Hans Zimmer's for 12 Years a Slave. Combined with the sound design for Steve McQueen's film, it's as I said in my review, "When the ambient noise isn't setting the mood, Hans Zimmer's cello-driven score threatens and taunts us with the promise of more to come." It's lovely and threatening at the same time and it's why it tops my first batch of 2014 Oscar predictions for the Best Original Score category. Zimmer's 12 Years score, however, isn't the only great one I've heard this year. It's been a little while since I actually really liked this many scores in one year and there are still several to be heard. Of those I've also enjoyed, I thought Alexandre Desplat's score served Philomena well and as much as I believe it wasn't entirely necessary, Steven Price's score for Gravity is excellent. »

- Brad Brevet

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