Yes, There Will Be Blood, Oh There Will.

A vaguely dissapointing evening at the Oscars for one of this decades masterpieces.

Paul Thomas Anderson is a maverick of his trade. His newest offer, There Will Be Blood, garnered Daniel Day-Lewis his second Academy Award last night for Best Actor at the Oscars (his first was for My Left Foot, 1989), while the film itself narrowly missing out (undeservedly I believe) on Best Film to No Country For Old Men, which also saw Joel and Ethan Coen beat P.T Anderson to Best Director (again, undeservedly in my opinion.) One might even say that There Will Be Blood is P.T Anderson’s best yet, a tag the retail DVD may in fact carry. And when you consider that his work portfolio includes the wonderful Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love (a film where Adam Sandler isn’t actually annoying) and the brilliant, brilliant Magnolia, you can appreciate it when people speak of Anderson as an autuer this early in his career.

Yet perhaps the greatest travesty of the Oscars this year was that There Will Be Blood’s score, by the engimatic and brilliant Johnny Greenwood (probably better known as Radiohead’s lead guitarist) did not qualify in the category because part of it was sampled. Anyone who has seen There Will Be Blood could testify that the score was literally rivetting, manifesting a dark, brooding undercurrent to every scene, keeping the audience so tense they may have been leashed; Little Boston, California was no Pleasantville. Perhaps the score’s exclusion can serve as another example of “how the Academy simply can’t keep up with the times” – it was a sure fire bet that it would have nabbed the Oscar if it was legible – especially considering some of the nominee’s for Best Score in the past few years.


Again, did No Country For Old Men deserve that many Oscars?


2 responses to “Yes, There Will Be Blood, Oh There Will.

  1. sunburnfreezerburn

    hi i’m a huge johnny greenwood fan and like you, i was disappointed with TWBB’s score not being included. They missed out a lot. The list of dead actors did not even include 90s young actor brad renfro.
    Anyway, No Country for Old Men is a good film and in my effort to stay un bias (since I’m a fan of Paul Dano and Daniel Day Lewis), I think it deserved the awards.
    I was just thinking… maybe johnny wouldn’t be so happy with being included in the awards anyway. I mean, he isn’t showbiz. Afterall, if Oscars really is not that reliable then he definitely deserves better.
    The point is… There will be blood is bloody beautiful. Although I expected more blood, the ending was good enough and definitely memorable.

  2. Anywhom, for fans of the Score or film in general, or even if you are simply curious about the fuss that has been made, the brilliant soundtrack is available for download here:

    If you simply type in the combination of letters in the box when prompted twice, you’ll be able to download it. FYI, I didn’t upload it, I just managed to find a link.

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