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The music behind the Golden Globe winners

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The true meaning and emotion behind a film or television series is revealed through the music and scoring behind it. Everywhere we go music follows us, making us desensitized to it if we aren't paying attention. Our habituation to music means we easily overlook music’s role in our lives, and even more so in film and television. Music’s function is deeper than basic background noise. Next time you are watching a movie or television, focus on the songs the director has chosen and you will gain a greater understanding of the film, enhancing your overall experience.

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This year at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, it came as no surprise that U2 and producer Brian Burton took home the award for BEST ORIGINAL SONG for “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Some may say that it had something to do with the recent passing of the great Nelson Mandela and the emotional impact it had around the world. In their acceptance speech, Bono spoke of the South African leader’s impact and how personal the song was to them, saying that Mandela “turned our life upside down, right side up, a man who refused to hate, not because he didn’t have rage or anger but because he thought love would do a better job.”

Check out the list of this year's nominees and winners below. Film scores and songs are of pivotal importance to the success of the movie. They underline and enhance the scenes in the film, call to our emotions and senses, and are powerful mood-setters. Which song or scoring was the most effective of any film you have ever seen?


“Atlas,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Music by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion
Lyrics by: Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion

“Let It Go,” “Frozen”
Music by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
Lyrics by: Bono

“Please Mr Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Music by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Lyrics by: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

“Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”
Music by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff
Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff


Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”
Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Hans Zimmer, “12 Years A Slave”


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