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Clint Mansell & ‘The Fountain’

Clint Mansell & 'The Fountain'

The Golden Globe nominations are always a mixed bag, at best (hey, I love Emily Blunt, but huh??). One nomination that actually impressed me to some degree, was the “Best Original Score” nod for The Fountain. While I have some issues with the film itself, the score is brilliant. Longtime Darren Aronofsky composer (and former leader of underrated industrial rock band Pop Will Eat Itself) Clint Mansell crafted a truly original set of compositions using the unlikely assistance of Kronos Quartet and Scottish noise-rock band Mogwai. It’s a score unlike many out there… and it’s rather intriguing that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had the insight to nominate it.

As a post-script: one of the favorite memories of Fantastic Fest this year, was when Mansell cornered and berated writer Chris Cargill after he and the jury awarded “Best Score” to Lalo Schifrin and his work on his son’s feature, Abominable. At the closing party, Mansell was charmingly vocal and opinionated about the fact that Schifrin (a legend in his own right) didn’t “need” the award at all. It was a memorable exchange, and it was fascinating to see how passionate Mansell got about it. Hopefully, he won’t need to corner any members of the HFPA once the winners of the Globes are announced.

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