OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Original Score

Updated: October 18, 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
“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").

NEXT IN LINE

6

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.

7

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

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

8

Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
The combination of these three are sure to present something interesting.
CONS:
Multi-composers don't have a good track record with the music branch.

9

Michael Giacchino
“Coco” (Pixar)

PROS:
The combination of these three are sure to present something interesting.
CONS:
Multi-composers don't have a good track record with the music branch.

10

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.

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11

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

PROS:
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CONS:
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12

Jonny Greenwood
“Phantom Thread” (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.

13

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.

14

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.

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

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

PROS:
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CONS:
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18

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

PROS:
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CONS:
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19

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.

20

Marco Beltrami
“Logan” (20th Century Fox)

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CONS:
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OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

James Newton Howard
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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22

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

PROS:
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CONS:
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23

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

PROS:
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CONS:
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24

Joseph Trapanese
“Only The Brave” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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25

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

PROS:
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  • Jóhann Jóhannsson is no longer working on Blade Runner 2049. There were articles about his departure weeks ago. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch are the composers.

    • Calvin Damon

      Which means it will probably get disqualified by the academy. Things never look good when there is more than one composer. Stupid rules. Two of the best scores Zimmer has worked on(Pirates of the Carribean and The Dark Knight) were hurt by this.