> Can someone please tell me how this score beat out Zimmer, Powell, and
> Desplat? Especially Powell's score. What is going on here? How did Gustavo
> Santaolalla's thirteen minutes of atmospheric score beat both John
> Williams's phenomenal scores?
> I honestly have no idea. Can someone give me some incite?
because the Academy do not give the actual quality of the music much thought...The Academy Awards mean nothing in terms of determining how good a score actually is. It's not just recently either - this started in 1940 when Max Steiner lost the Oscar for Gone with the Wind...