OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Original Score

Updated: September 21, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

John Williams
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
John Williams. Enough said.
CONS:
Also has "The Post." Split votes?

2

Hans Zimmer
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Winner of "The Lion King," Hans Zimmer is due for a second Oscar with 10 nods in total.
CONS:
The music branch can be fickle and pick something else altogether.

3

Alexandre Desplat
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
With 8 nods under his belt, including a win for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Desplat is always in the running for anything he composes.
CONS:
Is also working on "Suburbicon" and "Based on a True Story." Split votes could come.

4

Dario Marianelli
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Previous winner of "Atonement" and nominated for "Pride and Prejudice" and "Anna Karenina," all outings with Joe Wright. Can we make it four?
CONS:
Eventually, Oscar can get tired of checking off the same film. They may simply like someone else more.

5

Carter Burwell
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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6

John Williams
“The Post” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Legend. Period.
CONS:
Could they move towards "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" instead?

7

Jonny Greenwood
“Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film” (Focus Features)

PROS:
This talent cannot catch an Oscar break despite outstanding pieces like "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood." Is it finally his turn to dance?
CONS:
Until proven otherwise, we'll stand on the side of reservation.

8

Nicholas Britell
“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
The composer of "Moonlight" was quite the find last year. Let's see if he can match up.
CONS:
Let's wait and hear it.

9

Michael Giacchino
“War for the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Winner of "Up" produces one of his best works yet, packed with tension.
CONS:
If he gets in, "Coco" may be his better ticket.

10

Thomas Newman
“Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features)

PROS:
At 14 nominations, it's winding down to the question of "will he ever win?" His work here is one of his best yet.
CONS:
There are monstrous scores in play this year. The narrative will need to surround him.

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

Carter Burwell
“Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
One Oscar nomination? Considering he's orchestrated "Fargo," "Being John Malkovich," and "Burn After Reading," that's painfully low. Time to add more.
CONS:
Has 2 other films in the mix ("Three Billboards..." and "Goodbye Christopher Robin").

12

Clint Mansell
“Loving Vincent” (Good Deed Entertainment)

PROS:
Acclaimed composer for "Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan," and "The Fountain" has never found Oscar love. Isn't about time?
CONS:
It's hard for animated films to breakout in other categories unless you're Pixar.

13

Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Acclaimed composer for "Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan," and "The Fountain" has never found Oscar love. Isn't about time?
CONS:
It's hard for animated films to breakout in other categories unless you're Pixar.

14

Michael Giacchino
“Coco” (Pixar)

PROS:
Acclaimed composer for "Requiem for a Dream," "Black Swan," and "The Fountain" has never found Oscar love. Isn't about time?
CONS:
It's hard for animated films to breakout in other categories unless you're Pixar.

15

John Debney, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
“The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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16

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
“Wind River” (The Weinstein Company)

PROS:
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CONS:
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17

Marco Beltrami
“Logan” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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18

Christopher Willis
“The Death of Stalin” (IFC Films)

PROS:
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CONS:
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19

Marco Beltrami
“First They Killed My Father” (Netflix)

PROS:
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CONS:
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20

Carter Burwell
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Previous nominee of "Carol" taking on the author of "Winnie the Pooh."
CONS:
They've constantly ignored him, even when he's great.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

James Newton Howard
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
Previous nominee of "Carol" taking on the author of "Winnie the Pooh."
CONS:
They've constantly ignored him, even when he's great.

22

James Newton Howard
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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23

Daniel Pemberton
“Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
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CONS:
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24

Thomas Newman
“Thank You for Your Service” (Universal Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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25

Joseph Trapanese
“Only The Brave” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
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