Acting, directing, and writing awards are the most popular targets for discussion, but there were more very creative folks left off the roll this year. Two aggressively original outsiders are out in the rain, peeping in at the Best Original Score category without so much as an acknowledgment.
Despite its holy-grail status in Hollywood, a clever script brimming with witty banter is not always what a movie needs. Winding Refn knows his own style, and sticks to it — moody silence, eerie music, stylish lighting, and punctuating moments of extreme violence. Too much chatter would ruin the image of the taciturn loner, even if his motives are uncomfortably mysterious now and then.