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9 January 2015, 11:11 | Updated: 9 January 2015, 17:24
Hans Zimmer’s music for Interstellar and Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel are among the nominations for this year’s BAFTA for Original Music.
Antonio Sanchez’s music for Birdman, JóHann JóHannsson's score for The Theory of Everything and Mica Levi’s score for Under the Skin have also been nominated.
There's a chance to hear the music nominated for the BAFTA for Original Music in Charlotte Green's Culture Club this Sunday from 3pm.
French composer Alexandre Desplat wrote the music for Wes Anderson’s quirky The Grand Budapest Hotel. He told Classic FM that scoring films for Wes Anderson is like playing with a Rubik's Cube.
"You turn the colours and then there's a different alignment of colours," the composer said. "We deconstruct it…It's really fun. It's like two young boys playing in their bedroom with their toys." Listen to Desplat talking about his relationship with Wes Anderson here:
Despite its BAFTA nod, Sanchez’s score for Birdman has been disqualified from the Oscars, because of the film's use of other pre-existing music on the soundtrack. The film uses excerpts of music by Mahler and Tchaikovsky.
Hans Zimmer is one of the best known composers of film music, having written hugely successful scores for such movies as Gladiator and The Lion King. He enjoys a close working partnership with Interstellar's director Christopher Nolan in which the music is conceived at the same time as the film is being developed.
"We know the song we sort of want to play and then we go and improvise on that," Zimmer told Classic FM, "and its a very practical way of doing it as well because everything you do is informed by everything else." Listen here:
Fellow nominee Mica Levi, however, had never written a film soundtrack before working on Under the Skin.
In a blog on the Guardian she wrote: ‘I previously studied at Guildhall, and the music I wrote back then for string quartet used a lot of harmonics and extended techniques. For Under The Skin, we were looking at the natural sound of an instrument to try and find something identifiably human in it, then slowing things down or changing the pitch of it to make it feel uncomfortable.’
The BAFTAs will be announced in a ceremony on Sunday 8 February.