Ra Ra Riot – New Album “Beta Love”

First full length album coming from Ra Ra Riot since the release of The Orchard about 2.5 years ago, and the departure of their cellist. This album sounds pretty damn good, although it’s definitely a change from their earlier, organized rock type of sound to a more of synthpop. It’s actually kinda interesting to listen to, and some of the songs just kind of blend in with others because unfortunately, the synths don’t distinguish every single song from one another. A couple solid ones on this album though, that comes out January 22nd, especially “Dance With Me”, the first song on the album. Definitely an upbeat song, with a damn catchy chorus. Give it a listen here and you can just go through the playlist (note, the playlist may be taken down soon, and if it is, I will replace it).

Call and Response – Bubba Fish, writer/director of YouTube smash “Workout Buddies”

It’s been a wild ride for Bubba Fish these past few weeks. Since the online premiere of his short film “Workout Buddies”, a sort-of sequel to an earlier film–“Day and Night“, which accumulated over 150,000 views on YouTube–with the same cast, crew and themes, the ‘bro love story’ has accumulated over 50,000 views on YouTube, been posted on TotalFratMove.com and even featured on Wesleying. So the reveal of the film’s humble beginnings came as a surprise to me.

“We shot this a while ago. In twenty-four hours,” said Fish, the co-star, editor, producer, co-writer and director of “Workout Buddies”, “right before break.” About to return home for a break from classes, Fish and his buddy Michael Steves, who co-wrote and co-stars in the short, decided to embark on a ridiculous 24-hour shooting spree. The entirety of the film was shot in that time period. Fish remarked, “I was thinking I should probably pack”. With a little help from their friends—Joe Snell, Melanie Avalon and Drew Sampson—they were able to finish and Bubba made his flight home.

Following the sprint, however, the footage languished on Fish’s digital shelves as he focused on classwork and other projects. After a few months, Fish contacted his friend Eric Radloff, lead singer of the USC band Bear Attack (recently featured multiple times on the ABC Family hit “Pretty Little Liars”, and right here on LifeAfterNirvana), who had composed the song for the short’s sort-of prequel. Fish gave Radloff instructions to “make something poppy”. Radloff willfully disobeyed, and Fish now credits the acoustic, falsetto-filled song for creating the wonderfully bromantic atmosphere of the film. (You can download it here.)

The creative process on “Workout Buddies” was unique, in that Fish and Radloff collaborated throughout the editing process. “We sent it back and forth. I’d do an edit of the film, then he’d edit the song, I’d do another edit, he’d do another edit…” Fish recalls.

Fish is quick to credit the bromantic nature of the film for its success. “A lot of the recommended videos on the side [of the YouTube page] are gay videos,” Fish says. The top comment on the six-minute video at the moment is: “Hot makeout scene starts at 6:01”. It has 32 likes.

According to Fish, the film was inspired by “traditional romantic comedy structure”, subverting the tropes by focusing on bros who work out together. The over-dramatic nature of the execution of these emotional beats creates a comedy worth watching, and, according to Fish, “universally relatable”.

From personal experience, I’d say he ain’t lyin’. Check out Workout Buddies here, and revel in all its bromantic glory.

A.$.A.P. Rocky Ft. Florence Welch – “I Come Apart”

A$AP Rocky’s debut album, Long.Live.A$AP, dropped yesterday after numerous leaks from it as January 15th approached. A$AP has always been quite the interesting artist to me, because I usually don’t listen to rap, but I freakin’ love A$AP’s tracks. There’s been a few that have been out of his style, like his collab with Lana Del Rey, but this collab with Florence Welch from the fantastic Florence + The Machine, is definitely different from all his other tracks, only because they are two completely different artists. The meaning of this one is far different, essentially discussing the unraveling of a relationship at its seams and the repercussions that follow when trying to assemble the pieces back together While his fans of the harder tracks might not like this one, one has to appreciate his efforts to expand as an artist, really setting himself apart from the other ‘hard’ rappers.

A$AP is doing his best at a little bit of chill track, but this track soars as high as Florence’s superb vocals. I really do dig this one, not only because of Florence’s god-like singing, but it’s cool listening to the contrast between A$AP’s deep, rugged voice and Florence’s, setting the stage for a damn chill track that sends shivers down your spine from Florence’s voice, produces head-bobs to A$AP’s rapping, and a great appreciation of the track’s greatness.


ASAP Rocky:
I thought you said you’d never leave
I think back as I took a puff
Know what happens every time you leave?
Always come back, cause you wanna f*ck
Always come back, cause you wanna fuss
Holding back, ain’t no turning back when you fall in love
Whatever happens anytime you speak
Always fall flat cause you on the rush
Uh, so you can take it slow
Separate the highs from the low
Separate the evens from the odds
Like something pull me back together when I come apart

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

ASAP Rocky:
I woke up today, I felt a little less pressure for me
And I mad you say I, may you even learn the lesson for me
If you find the way to fight the pain,
If you fly away, you rest assure

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the pressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever

You’re the eye, but I’m tearing all the time
Always there to catch me, but I’m never coming down
Reconstructing all the pieces I left in my way
I guess you know, in control
Chaos I create
I come apart

ASAP Rocky
You made a bet with me, now you’re in debt with me
Made my bed, lied in it, then you slept with me
It’s ruthless, she the closest thing next to me
The truth is, that she blew it and you left with me
Especially hard to express to me
European attitude but born in West Philly
She just have a smokin’ ‘gina, where the Wet Willies?
I come apart, I’m in her heart on the left titty

Florence Welch:
I come apart, and you keep it together
I come apart, and I can’t stand the ṗressure
In all your grace and fire for me, that I cannot compare
I come apart, this can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
Can’t last forever
I come apart

My Favorite Albums of 2012

I’m not going to pretend like I’m a professional critic who gets the opportunity to pore over every piece of music released in any given week, month, or year. Listening to music and playing music are both crucial parts of my life, hell that is my life, and that’s why I’m here. That doesn’t mean that I’m qualified to tell you “THIS IS THE BEST THING OF 2012, UNQUESTIONABLY”. When I was posting on LifeAfterNirvana regularly, I had gotten into a habit of dressing my articles as something they were not. I took on the persona of a journalist, someone with qualified and trained writing background who was dropping little bombs of musical knowledge on the heads of the uninformed. I’m dropping that pretense now. I’m going to write to you guys more personally. I’m going to write from the perspective of a student of music who enjoys communicating ideas, because that’s what I am and that’s what I do. I spend most of my time playing an instrument that I’m never going to play in the real world, rehearsing with people who may or may not find me compelling and worthwhile, reading about sports, and playing xbox. I’ve decided that if I want to write on LAN regularly again, it’s gonna be fun god dammit. If I try to make it some sort of career builder or trainer like I had originally, contribution just won’t happen any more. So here we go, I’m jumping back into the fold and I’m sharing with you, my friends or random internet stragglers, what I personally enjoyed in music this year. 

My 15 Favorite Albums of 2012 –

1. Celebration Rock – Japandroids

Brian King and David Prowse have created an album that restores my faith in rock n’ roll. The genre’s energy, pulse, and unwavering yearn are pushed so heavily to the forefront, strapped to the backs of the 11th hour horsemen come from the north to spread the word of youthful longing, eagerness, and revelation from a pair of dudes pushing 30: hang on to your twenties. 

2. good kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick’s album plays like a Spike Lee film. His city throws so much bile at an earnest kid trying to get along, a demon corrupting an otherwise decent person, attempting to mold him into something that resembles the harsh reality of its streets. Instead, Kendrick plays hero and tries to influence change on his oppressor. 

3. There’s No Leaving Now – The Tallest Man on Earth

A songwriter cut from the mold of Dylan and Simon, the Tallest Man is a wizard at the helm of his wooden tool constructing elaborate lines of melodic bliss. 

4. Shields – Grizzly Bear

No band has the command of texture that Grizzly Bear does. Their compositions are elaborate, sophisticated, nuanced, beautiful. 

5. Valtari – Sigur Ros

Where Grizzly Bear hits with restraint, Sigur Ros pounds with ethereal bombast. 

6. No Love, Deep Web – Death Grips

Rap’s punk rock saviors, MC Ride and Zach Hill have welcomed us to the new frontier of electro-percussive expression. An album tailor made for 2012. 

7. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings

Hooks meet sludge. It’s 90’s emo for a new generation. The new pallbearers of angst. 

8. Until the Quiet Comes – Flying Lotus

Jazz for the technologically savvy. An introspective look at electronic sound as art. A musician with a laptop. 

9. Hope in Dirt City – Cadence Weapon

This is one of my favorites for its eccentricities – Weapon is a rapper with a poet’s grace and a musician’s fanaticism. His production is an eclectic mix of retro soul, AM radio, and modern glisten. 

10. Bossalona – Fresh Espresso

Seattle’s best hip hop release of 2012. P Smoov’s production and flow has never been better. Rik Rude is Kemp to Smoov’s Payton. 

11. Lord of the Fly – Nacho Picasso 

The king of oddball raps, Nacho’s smoked out lines are a scrapbook of 5th grade desk scrawl and inner city fear. Blue Sky Black Death’s production is top notch. 

12. Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

A crooner with indelible pipes. The notes he hits and the place from which he writes are worthy of the Grammy nominations, widespread critical acclaim, and fan adoration that Ocean has received.  

13. Oshin – Diiv

A band exploring what a traditional lineup can do without the expression of clear lyricism. The music is paramount. It’s chillwave with guitars, but not shitty. 

14. On The Impossible Past – The Menzingers

Another solid punk rock album. I like that these existed this year. 

15. Detroit Revolution(s) – Clear Soul Forces

Carrying the torch of “conscious” rap, CSF spit like the classic groups of the 80’s and 90’s, but with Rugrats references. 



STRFKR-“Say To You”

So new Starfucker track, “Say To You” just out, the third single on the upcoming album Miracle Mile and so far this album looks to shape up real nicely. This track is a bit more on the chill side and pretty relaxing to kick back and give a listen. Compare it to some of their other songs like “Born”, “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second”, or “Biggie Smalls” and you’ll hear a noticeable difference, a lot quieter, but kind of endearing in a strange way. Fairly simple meaning too I guess, just a little love song. Give it listen and see what you make of it:


In the night when I come
crawling home
I want to say to you
curse the daylight when I come
crawling home
I want to say to you
Sleep, set me free
In a dream
I am born
apathetic, finally
I’m not sure anymore
We just take what we need
If I was stronger
I would play the fool
I would say to you
Mock the day, when
I come crawling home
I would say to you

ALSO, they’re coming to the Seattle on February 26th, so if that interests you, go for it.


Damn Seattle, You Filthy

It’s OFFICIAL….. I’m running for Mayor of Seattle in 2025. Spread the word. We got a campaign to win.


Oh man, This should be good. The current king of the Seattle music scene right now dropping this little gift for us on the first day of 2013? This is flipping awesome. Yeah it’s in 12 years, but  that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited now! Whatever you make of his music, that’s fine, but I’m not really sure there’s anyone out there that can call him a bad guy. Yeah he’s been through some rough times, but to potentially have a mayor where you already know his shady past and that he has overcome it? Don’t see how anyone can be more connected to the public than that. Also with a history of cultural aware songs like “Same Love” or “A Wake”, I’m sure that he’d make a great mayor. Obviously there will be some backlash to this because he’s a liberal guy, but hey, who knows? No you can’t have him; He’s ours to keep.

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My Personal Choices for the Best of 2012 in Film

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I watched 52 films that came out this year, which is a lot more than I’ve ever watched in a single year before (my TV watching did suffer, in case you were wondering [you totally weren’t, it’s okay, you didn’t hurt my feelings…much]). Hope you enjoy!

NOTABLE FILMS UNSEEN: The Master, Cloud Atlas, Promised Land, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Sessions, Amour, Killer Joe, The Intouchables, Wreck-It Ralph, Ruby Sparks, Rust and Bone.


  • Good Message : Mainstream Appeal Ratio (i.e. how much positive change did this film have on the world at large?)
  • Entertainment Value (i.e. how much did I personally enjoy the film?)
  • Emotional Resonance (i.e. how much did this film move me emotionally?)


  • God Bless America
  • Skyfall
  • Ted
  • Celeste & Jesse Forever
  • Liberal Arts
  • Game Change
  • Lawless
  • The Cabin in the Woods


20. LINCOLN (dir. Steven Spielberg, scr. Tony Kushner) — My review here does a good job explaining how I feel about this film. Lincoln barely cracked the Top 20, but Kushner’s unflinchingly literate screenplay illustrating the art of compromise has proved more popular than I expected among mainstream America.

19. THE HUNGER GAMES (dir. Gary Ross, scr. Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray) — This is where the “mainstream : message ratio” comes into play. The Hunger Games proves that there is a literate, smart alternative to the moronic, mysogynistic, unbelievably-bad-for-you Twilight Saga in the YA market for girls. The message is solid, the performances are solid and the cinematography, while controversial, immersed me emotionally in a fictional world–a difficult task for any film.

18. LIFE OF PI (dir. Ang Lee, scr. David Magee) — I went into this film with extremely low expectations and emerged a very happy camper. Ang Lee once again proves that he can master any type of story in any type of visual language. While the message was a bit muddled, this Cast Away-on-a-boat-with-a-tiger movie won my heart with dazzling visuals and a deft sense of tone.

17. FLIGHT (dir. Robert Zemeckis, wri. John Gatins) — My review here covers the basics. While the film is flawed, Zemeckis’ experienced directorial hand and an absolutely engrossing performance from Denzel Washington create a compelling addiction narrative with one of the strongest central characters put to screen in recent memory.

16. ZERO DARK THIRTY (dir. Kathryn Bigelow, wri. Mark Boal) — Jessica Chastain delivers one of the best performances of the year as an analyst dead set on finding and killing Osama Bin Laden. A realistic, slow-burn thriller from the team behind the better film The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty is nonetheless an interesting character study and an incisive look into the absolute, unflinching lack of reward for efforts made in the name of the dogs of war.

15. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (dir. Colin Trevorrow, wri. Derek Connolly) — It shocks me that this film is so high up on the list, even now. This film caught me off-guard when I first saw it, with its mix of absurd scenario, human characters, and riotous sense of humor. Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Kristen Bell and Jake Johnson all bring something interesting to the table in this little feel-good movie that could.

14. ARGO (dir. Ben Affleck, scr. Chris Terrio) — This film pushes all the right buttons, and does all the right things. Its message is solid as well. The acting is all-around excellent, and the screenplay is razor sharp. I’m surprised this film isn’t higher, but to me it was just missing something, and I’m not sure what it was, but I suppose it just felt a little too neat for my taste. Here’s the podcast I guested on, talking about it.

13. ANNA KARENINA (dir. Joe Wright, scr. Tom Stoppard) — My review here does a good job summarizing my thoughts. While it doesn’t seem to have much of a mainstream impact, I couldn’t stop thinking about this movie after I saw it, and I can still have conversations debating the film with my friends who have also seen it. An unusual, groundbreaking adaptation of one of the most profound musings on love in the history of literature.

12. CHRONICLE (dir. Josh Trank, wri. Max Landis) — No, that’s not a typo. Yes, you read that right. CHRON-I-CLE. The found-footage superhero movie. A box-office sleeper hit, Chronicle delved into the psychology of the creation of a monster (played superbly by the soon-to-be star Dane DeHaan). Incidents like those at Columbine and Virginia Tech have made this movie relevant for a whole new generation of kids… and parents.

11. HITCHCOCK (dir. Sacha Gervasi, scr. John McLaughlin) — My review here. A sweet, but never saccharine, fictionalized biopic of the master of suspense. Excellent performances all-around, an unexpected sense of humor and a classic Hollywood love story make this one of the most enjoyable, satisfying pictures of the year.


10. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (wri/dir. Martin McDonagh) — My review here. This little-seen gangster-epic-sendup blends an underrated performance from Sam Rockwell with several other excellent actors and a witty, legitimately smart screenplay from In Bruges mastermind McDonagh. It sneaks into the last best picture slot.

9. MOONRISE KINGDOM (wri. Roman Coppola & Wes Anderson, dir. Wes Anderson) — My review here. Wes Anderson does Wes Anderson, and while that might mean a more distinct, select audience than other films, this childhood love story for adults wins my heart and has a decent message to boot.

8. LOOPER (wri/dir. Rian Johnson) — My review here. A mainstream AND critical success, Johnson’s sci-fi opus overcame somewhat questionable time-travel logic with an amazing emotional center and a surprisingly intimate second half that brought home a powerful, necessary message regarding the cycle of violence.

7. SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (wri/dir. Lorene Scafaria) — Yes, I know what its score is on RottenTomatoes. Yes, I also know the Metacritic score. Yes, I realize it shifts tones as much as a poor ripoff of a Tarantino film. However, this movie moved me in a way I can’t describe. The ending brings me to tears every time I see it. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley lead a cast of talented character actors put to work in surprising, if small ways. A poignant, entrancing love story, this movie is one we all need to see.

6. LES MISÉRABLES (dir. Tom Hooper, scr. William Nicholson, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer) — A flawed, if powerful adaptation of the classic musical (itself an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel) that, courtesy of actors singing live and one four-minute long take of Anne Hathaway moving everyone in America to tears with her haunting rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream”, is able to convey its amazing message(s) through an alternately grandiose and intimate look at the Revolution of 1830 in France.

5. THE IMPOSSIBLE (dir. J.A. Bayona, wri. Sergío G. Sanchez) — A devastating, brutal tsunami sequence rivals the best of disaster sequences in cinematic history. Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and young Tom Holland deliver raw, realistic performances in a movie that suffers only from the implausibility of the truth it portrays. A riveting family drama, and a wonderfully human story of survival.

4. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (dir. Christopher Nolan, scr. Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer) — The best superhero trilogy ever made concludes with a less intelligent, but still astounding finale. Not as good as The Dark Knight, but it never tried to be. It laid down its many messages for a whole new generation of superheroes–the kids that will grow up to change the world. So what if Hollywood time was used a bit too much? Nolan knew he had a billion-dollar box-office at the ready just for making the movie, so he decided to use it to do as much good as he possibly could (ahem, Joss Whedon).

3. DJANGO UNCHAINED (wri/dir. Quentin Tarantino) — Tarantino’s at the top of his game with this south-set Western that invites interesting discussion on the politics of race and violence, as per usual with the master. The most fun you’ll have in a theater all year, Django has two of Tarantino’s best villains…and best protagonists. The only flaw with Django is its underutilization of the masterful Kerry Washington. But Scandal’s still on TV so I’ll forgive it.

2. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (scr/dir. Stephen Chbosky) — Some audience members were put off by the main character’s perpetual state of incomprehensible loneliness. But that inquiry into the mind of a 15-year-old boy, a lonely boy named Charlie played so superbly by Logan Lerman, is what makes the film necessary. We all must relate to Charlie. We must understand him. For to understand him and to empathize with him is to understand and empathize with all of those who have ever been lonely. All of us. Empathy is the key to the perfect civilization and this film masterfully brings that message home. An ‘A’ CinemaScore showed that most of us commonfolk in the audience do have the capacity to learn that empathy, and thusly have the capacity to include the excluded and give the world a chance at acceptance and love for each other. Oh, and also, did I mention Emma Watson?

1. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (scr/dir. David O. Russell) — It’s a romcom family drama about mental illness. It’s confusing, I know. But the realistic elements blend beautifully with the stylized dialogue present in the romance of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both giving their best performances to date (the ensemble is fantastic all-around). It makes me swoon just thinking about how quirky and awesome it is. This year’s best story, I left the film feeling amazing and jazzed and ready to try to write something hopefully just as good. I’ve talked to no one who’s disliked it in the slightest. It’s a universal indie film with a heart the size of China and I can’t stress enough how great the messages are. Go see it. You’ll only be glad you did.

And now, the individual awards:


  • J.A. Bayona – The Impossible
  • Rian Johnson – Looper
  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): Robert Zemeckis – Flight, Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Tom Hooper – Les Misérables, Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises, Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty


  • Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
  • Rian Johnson – Looper
  • Martin McDonagh – Seven Psychopaths
  • Lorene Scafaria – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Honorable Mentions: Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon – The Cabin in the Woods, Sergío G. Sanchez – The Impossible, John Gatins – Flight


  • Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Tony Kushner – Lincoln
  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Chris Terrio – Argo

Honorable Mention: Nicholson/Boublil/Schönberg/Kretzmer – Les Misérables


  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln (tie)
  • Anthony Hopkins – Hitchcock
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Denzel Washington – Flight (tie)

Honorable Mentions: Jamie Foxx – Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained, Tom Holland – The Impossible, Joaquin Phoenix – The Master


  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Keira Knightley – Anna Karenina, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games
  • Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Honorable Mentions: Emma Watson – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom


  • Samantha Barks – Les Misérables
  • Kristen Bell – Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises
  • Frances McDormand – Moonrise Kingdom
  • Kelly Reilly – Flight

Honorable Mentions: Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook, Kerry Washington – Django Unchained, Amy Adams – The Master, Mae Whitman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower


  • James D’Arcy – Hitchcock
  • Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Ewan McGregor – The Impossible

Honorable Mentions: John Goodman – Argo and Flight, Alan Arkin – Argo, Bryan Cranston – Argo, Bill Murray – Moonrise Kingdom, Bruce Willis – Moonrise Kingdom and Looper, Bradley Whitford – The Cabin in the Woods, Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless, Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master, Sam Rockwell – Seven Psychopaths, Samuel L. Jackson – Django Unchained, James Spader – Lincoln, Russell Crowe – Les Misérables, Jude Law – Anna Karenina


  • Roger Deakins – Skyfall
  • Mihai Malaimare, Jr. – The Master
  • Ben Richardson – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Robert “The Wizard” Richardson – Django Unchained
  • Robert Yeoman – Moonrise Kingdom

Honorable Mentions: Caleb Deschanel – Jack Reacher, Masanobu Takayanagi – Silver Linings Playbook, Don Burgess – Flight, Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi, Greig Fraser – Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly, Dariusz Wolski – Prometheus, Wally Pfister – The Dark Knight Rises, Seamus McGarvey – Anna Karenina, Steve Yedlin – Looper


  • David Blackburn – Detention
  • William Goldenberg – Argo, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Fred Raskin – Django Unchained
  • Jeremiah O’Driscoll – Flight
  • Melanie Ann Oliver – Les Misérables, Anna Karenina

Honorable Mentions: Jay Cassidy – Silver Linings Playbook, Andrew Weisblum – Moonrise Kingdom


  • Michael Brook – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Alexandre Desplat – Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, Rise of the Guardians, Rust and Bone
  • Danny Elfman – Silver Linings Playbook, Hitchcock, Promised Land, Frankenweenie
  • Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises

Honorable Mentions: Alan Silvestri – The Avengers and Flight, James Newton Howard – The Hunger Games and Snow White & the Huntsman, Jonny Greenwood – The Master