BEST SCORE – ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER
- RUBINROT, Philipp F. Kölmel
- GRAND PIANO, Victor Reyes
- THE LONE RANGER, Hans Zimmer
- NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON, Annette Focks
- STALINGRAD, Angelo Badalamenti
German composer Philipp F. Kölmel wrote a spectacular, full-orchestral epic for the children’s adventure film Rubinrot, announcing himself as a new talent to watch in future. His work just beat out the amazing thriller score Grand Piano by Victor Reyes, a brilliant amalgam of Morricone-style suspense blended with a specially-composed new classical piano concerto, performed on-screen by the pianist who will be shot by a sniper if he stops playing. Angelo Badalementi’s Stalingrad is a sweeping full-orchestral epic of the highest order, a fitting tribute to accompany this Russian film about the siege with almost destroyed the city during World War II. German composer Annette Focks brought a touch of class and more than a splash of Portuguese fado passion to the thriller Night Train to Lisbon, and of course Hans Zimmer made the enormous box office flop The Lone Ranger much more palatable with his superb western score, which includes a knockout performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture arranged by Zimmer and Geoff Zanelli, and which is one of the musical moments of the year.
Five other scores worth noting in this category are: 47 RONIN by Ilan Eshkeri, GÅTEN RAGNAROK by Magnus Beite, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD by Marco Beltrami, IRON MAN 3 by Brian Tyler, and PASSION by Pino Donaggio.