Here's a great article on how and why UP IN THE AIR got no oscars, despite being many peoples best film of 2009.
http://bit.ly/NvdFK Kent's movie music fills in the blanks Composer provides back story for 'Air,' 'Goats' By LAWRENCE CHRISTON Rolfe Kent's jazzy score for "Sideways" provided the perfect accompaniment to a story about two guys on a semi-improvisational trip. His motif for George Clooney's corporate hatchet-man in "Up in the Air" is a drum rhythm with a soft-shoe bass tread, describing a man whose life has pace but no melody, a life that doesn't harmonize much with anyone else's. Film music is the "meanwhile" and "suddenly" of narrative; it steps in for the back story, all while remaining discreet. In fact, Kent says, "When I'm spotting a film with a director, looking for places where the music goes, I'll often ask, ‘What would be missing if we didn't put anything there?' Music should do something. We've developed this videogame mentality that says there should be a constant sound under the action. But you shouldn't be afraid of silence. There's a lot that can go on in empty space."