Oscar Circuit: Best Original Score

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Original Score.

 And the Nominees Are:

  • The Book Thief – John Williams
  • Gravity – Steven Price
  • Her – William Butler (as representative of Arcade Fire) & Owen Pallett
  • Philomena – Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman

Many consider the music branch’s 2013 nominees for Best Original Score to be a little…weak.  Many think at least a trio of these nominees are products not of merit, but of typical music branch blind name-checking.  On the other hand, we have two films touting some spectacular first-time nominees.  On an interesting note, we have an unusual choice for the music branch: not only a contemporary composer but they nominated a score written by more than one composer!  While in the end, I join the legion of those saying this category is weak this year, the probable winner of this category will go down as one of the handsomer score champions in the last few years.

It’s no secret that the music branch is an odd bunch of Academy members.  Likewise, it’s not a mystery that a slew of recent winners in Best Original Score have been either first- or second-time nominees.  When you look back on names like Mychael Danna, Ludovic Bource, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Michael Giacchino, A.R. Rahman, Dario Marianelli, Gustavo Santaolalla, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Howard Shore, Elliot Goldenthal, Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Stephen Warbeck, and Nicola Piovani, you don’t exactly feel that theAcademy often rewards the composer.  Indeed, it seems as though they often reward the composition.  Despite the fact many composers seem to rack up nomination after nomination, this category keeps going to Oscar newbies.

So…for the purposes of entertainment, imagine the Inception BRRAMM every time you click the “next page” button…