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  • ETPhoneHome
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    #186288

    Based on the debate that this question incited on the ignored Original Scores thread, I thought I would make a poll to see what people thought. Both are obviously composed by John Williams. Both films came out in 1993, with Schindler’s List’s Score winning the Oscar, and Jurassic Park not even nominated.

    Once you’ve voted I’d love to hear the reasoning for it below, and you can interpret ‘best’ as being the Score on its own, or within the context of the film. Totally up to you!

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    manakamana
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    Schindler’s List is one of the only musical compositions I can think of, on its own, which can reduce me to tears. Set to the images of the film itself — it destroys me. Every note is packed with the maximum power of a love letter to millions lost. 

    But Williams coming up with two all-time best contenders for this category itself is something that I try to appreciate on its own, without thinking of how much I prefer Schindler’s score to Jurassic’s.  

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    GraemeONeil
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    #186291

    Well, Jurassic Park has one of the most recognizable movie themes ever. Shame it wasn’t even nominated.

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    Eddy Q
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    Jurassic Park’s score is busier and perhaps more complex, but it lacks some of the charm and impact of Williams’s best scores for Spielberg – much like the film itself compared to Spielberg’s previous classics. I might be nostalgically biased towards the music for Schindler’s List, as the theme tune was a frequent learning piece in violin class when I was younger, ages before it was even appropriate for me to see the movie. But its simplicity is an anomaly in Williams’s career, and for me it stands among his best work.

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    babypook
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    #186293

    Tough choice. The score from SL is hauntingly beautiful imo.

    The score from Jurassic Park is what Tonya Harding skated to at the Winter Olympics in 93-94; right after her friends, the Three Stooges, bashed Nancy Kerrigan’s knee with a pipe, before the US Nationals.

    Everytime I hear the iconic music from JP, I think of Tonya. Lol.

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    Atypical
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    #186294

    “Schindler’s List.” “Jurassic Park” & The Piano” should have both been nominated.

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    Jon Snow
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    I think back there one person couldnt be nominated in the same year for two movies

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    Andrew Carden
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    Schindler’s List is the superior score. That said, The Remains of the Day should’ve won the Original Score Oscar.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I think back there one person couldnt be nominated in the same year for two movies

    Really? That would be weird considering he’s been a double nominee for the same Score category before and after Schindler/Park.

    Double nominee for Score:
    1972
    1977 (won for Star Wars)
    1984
    1987
    1990
    2002
    2006
    2012

    (He has another double year, 1996, but that’s when there was comedy and dramatic score).

    Was there a rule change in the 90s that later changed back to allow double nominees again? I don’t think so.

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    Andrew D
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    Jurassic Park for sure , it ranks with Jaws, Titanic, Star wars… its iconic .

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    lovelylovely
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    Schindler’s List. Every track carries so much pain that it makes my heart heavy when I listen to it (especially Auschwitz-Birkenau). While a great score, Jurassic Park doesn’t hold a candle to SL. It’s a masterpiece.

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    pulp50
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    I gotta say Jurassic Park, it’s just more memorable and stands out more than SL.

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