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Life of Pi

2013 Academy Award Winner for Best Original Score

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Life of Pi - Mychael Danna

Life of Pi - Mychael Danna

Sony Classical
On February 24, 2013, the Academy Award for Best Original Score was bestowed upon Canadian composer, Mychael Danna. See the full list of 2013 Oscar nominated film scores. This comes as no surprise to those of you following along with award shows. Just a month prior, Danna's Life of Pi score was nominated and awarded the Golden Globe for Best Score.

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About the Score
To set the tone of the entire album, Danna masterfully combines western orchestrations with eastern melodies within the opening track. Throughout the score, Danna makes use of today's musical technologies by incorporating synthesized instruments and sounds. This unique mix of instruments and harmonies makes for a truly enjoyable aural experience.

About the Composer
This was Danna's first Oscar nomination and win, though he was also nominated in the same night for the Best Song (he lost to Adele's Skyfall). Despite this being his first nomination and win, Danna is no stranger to the business. Many of the movies for which he's composed have been nominated and awarded for Best Film. His previous scores include Moneyball, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, (500) Days of Summer, Fracture, Breach, and Little Miss Sunshine. While accepting his award, Danna thanked director Ang Lee whom helped introduce Danna to Hollywood in the late 90s.

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