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“Breaking Dawn Part One” Tops List of Best Film Scores of 2011

The Soundtrack Examiner takes a look at some of the best film scores of 2011 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One tops the list!

1. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1, composed by Carter Burwell (Atlantic)

Go ahead, call me a sellout. But I don’t think Carter Burwell has ever been given his due for his enormous contributions to film music. And the man continues to plow forward as one of the most creative minds in compositional minimalism as well as full-bodied orchestration. While he was probably disqualified for nomination at this year’s Academy Awards for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 because it was anchored heavily to the original Twilight score, his work was no less remarkable. I would go so far as to say that it was actually better than the original, given that, although he laid the original template for the Twilight sound, he was coming back into the fold on the heels of critical heavyweights Alexandre Desplat (with whom the Academy also bears an unspoken beef) and Howard Shore. Burwell fearlessly picked up the baton and ran with it, giving us a romantic score easily on par with Nino Rota’s Romeo & Juliet (which was also unceremoniously snubbed by the Academy in 1969). [Read more of my thoughts on Carter Burwell's Twilight contribution here.]

See the entire list here!

  • ThatTeamTaycob

    Not the best score, but it was still better than the first Twilight score. The score was crazy, romantic, action-packed…everything that this movie contains. The music really does make a huge impact on a movie, and Carter did it the right way this time. I can only hope for the Part 2 score to be kick-ass.

  • Naomi bruyere

    OMG LIKE TOTES!!

  • Brandyrlee1

    i love the whole movie!

  • BRENDA LAWSON

    I LOVED ALL THE TWILIGHT MOVIES BUT BREAKING DAWN PT 1 WAS THE BEST EVER.THE PRETTY WEDDING.EDWARD WAS SO HANDSOME AND BELLA WAS SO PRETTY.I LOVED HER DRESS.THE BABY BEING BORN.I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE PART 2 OF BREAKING DAWN.I FELT SO SORRY FOR JAKE TIL THE BABY INPRINTED ON HIM.PLEASE MAKE MORE MOVIES OF TWILIGHT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST YET.

  • Vjnadon

    I CAN SEE WHY ALL THE TWLIGHT MOVIES HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC!!!  BREAKING DAWN PART 1 WAS AWESOME!!!  CAN'T WAIT FOR PART 2

  • Nite Shadow

    The music makes a BIG impact on the movie. It just makes it that much better.

  • Breonabritton

    me too i love this movie 

  • Breonabritton

    I LOVED ALL THE TWILIGHT MOVIES BUT BREAKING DAWN PT 1 WAS THE BEST EVER.THE PRETTY WEDDING.EDWARD WAS SO HANDSOME AND BELLA WAS SO PRETTY.I LOVED HER DRESS.THE BABY BEING BORN.I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE PART 2 OF BREAKING DAWN.I FELT SO SORRY FOR JAKE TIL THE BABY INPRINTED ON HIM.PLEASE MAKE MORE MOVIES OF TWILIGHT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST YET.

  • Toni

    I liked this soundtrack better than the last 2 but the original Twilight soundtrack is still my favourite !! xx

  • laine

    yes very romantic score. i love it i even downloaded it right away i heard it.

  • Twilighter alert

    I agree I dont know what i will do without twilight there the best bd p1 is the best film i have ever set eeyes on its frilling , jumpy and expressing love that will never break. i agree MAKE MORE TWILIGHTS plzzz

  • Lauren xx

    All of the twilight films are amazing but breaking dawn i think is the best one. i am so exited about part 2 coming out.
    Team Jacob all the way xxx
    Go team twilight xxxxxxxxx

  • Lisa

    I have seen all the parts of the  Twilight saga, i loved them all! But i think Breaking Dawn was the most beautiful movie! with the wedding and everything.. Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson acted it really good! i want to see the next part!

  • Mikayla

    Actually, HE imprinted on the BABY. NOT the other way around. And they're making part2 but that's it, they can't make more because that's all the books

  • Mikayla

    So true

  • ilovejacob2000

    i love twilight but i fell it for Jacob,i love Jacob and like Bella but i am not a fan of Edward he is nice but anyway plz make more twilight movies and make jacob be in it alot

  • ELITINOCO

    I LOVE TWILIGHT AND HAVE SEEN EVERY MOVIE.MY COUSIN LOVES TAYLOR LAUTNER.MY COUSIN SAYS”TAYLOR LAUTNER IS HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

  • Jelena K

    OMG! of course they are the best aaahh
    i just have to see the part two its my favorite movie

  • Twilight Fan

    and Bellas weding dress was beutiful

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