No other film score this year has gotten my heart pounding like the one of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s in “Sicario.” Mixing a rumbling orchestra with bending tones of tension and suspense, Jóhannsson crafts an incredibly unique and even once in a lifetime score that pumps through several key scenes, like the first trip into Juarez, the border incident, and the descending into darkness scenes, making them even more memorable than they already were. Overpowering in the best of ways, the deep, rich notes causes a visceral reaction that I can’t say any other film has replicated in the past year. When the score isn’t pounding through, it’s underscoring the characters emotions or playing with the mysteriousness of the dialogue. And that’s exactly what was so prevalent and pleasurable in Jóhannsson’s previously nominated score, “The Theory Of Everything.”
What’s its competition? Considered the bottom rung in the category, at least by the pundits, personally, Jóhannsson’s score is my favorite next to John Williams’ score for “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is also apparently not being considered a front-runner. Right now, as it stands, “The Hateful Eight” and “Carol” hold the top spots. But if enough passion is thrown behind any of these scores, I’m sure there could be a chance for it push through.
Previous nominations? This is the second Academy Award nomination for Jóhann Jóhannsson. He was previously nominated for:
- THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014)
Nominee, Music (Original Score)
// Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Edward McDonnell, and Molly Smith // Directed by Denis Villeneuve //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 30th, 2016 // BLU-RAY // 22 films – 30 days //