April 30, 2015 at 11:30 am #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!April 30, 2015 at 11:46 am #186290
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.May 1, 2015 at 9:00 am #186291
Well, Jurassic Park has one of the most recognizable movie themes ever. Shame it wasn’t even nominated.May 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm #186292
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.May 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm #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.May 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm #186294
“Schindler’s List.” “Jurassic Park” & The Piano” should have both been nominated.August 6, 2017 at 1:57 pm #1202176717
I think back there one person couldnt be nominated in the same year for two moviesAugust 7, 2017 at 6:21 am #1202177279
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:
1977 (won for Star Wars)
(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.August 7, 2017 at 6:47 am #1202177301
Jurassic Park for sure , it ranks with Jaws, Titanic, Star wars… its iconic .
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