The winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score goes to Michael Giacchino for Up. In his acceptance speech he told a little story about the start of his career and how he never felt discouraged by family or friends. He talked about getting his first camera and shooting movies and how no one ever made him feel like it was a waste of his time. He decided to share the award with those supportive individuals.

See who he beat out this year in the Best Original Score category…

The nominees for Best Original Score were:

Avatar: This film centers around Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) who wakes up in a VA hospital where he is surrounded by wounded war veterans. He then finds himself dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission where he is torn between doing what he is told protecting the world he feels is his home.The Sci-fi adventure also stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Wes Anderson‘s film, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of Mr. Fox (George Clooney) who has to put his wild way behind him and become responsible. This change comes as angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family. Big names such as Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson have their voices used for the film.

The Hurt Locker: Set in Iraq during war time, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. In this film, Kathryn Bigelow‘s gives audiences an intense portrayal of elite soldiers during the early months of the post-invasion period. Starring in the film are Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Ralph Fiennes.

Sherlock Holmes: Directed by Guy Rictchie, this is the tale that everyone knows. It is the story of Sherlock Holmes. Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. The film stars actors, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are in the film as is Rachel MaAdams.

Up: Tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America in Pete Docter’s heartwarming film Up. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn’t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.  Also includes the voices of Christopher Plummer and Jordan Nagai.

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