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The French soundtrack specialist Alexandre Desplat garners another Oscar nomination for his score to Philomena, the true story of how one Irish woman's (Judi Dench) quest to find her long-lost son, along with journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan).
Ireland is a central location in the drama of Philomena, for various reasons. Here, Desplat turns the score into a darkly quiet exploration, with low strings rumbling below, and only the merest pluck of a harp to add any kind of rhythmic variation.
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