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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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Best Original Score - Predictions as of Sept 25th
Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat
(6 noms)
Fury
Steven Price
(1 nom | 1 win)
Theory of Everything
Jóhann Jóhannsson
(never nominated)
Unbroken
Alexandre Desplat
(6 noms)
Maleficent
James Newton Howard
(8 nominations)
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Michael Giacchino
(2 noms | 1 win)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat
(6 nominations)
Big Eyes
Danny Elfman
(4 nominations)
Interstellar
Hans Zimmer
(9 noms | 1 win)
Snowpiercer
Marco Beltrami
(2 nominations)
Tier 3 - Oscar has honored them before, so they'll be listening

Snowpiercer
-Marco Beltrami (2 nominations) | Foxcatcher Mychael Danna (2 noms | 1 win) | Hundred Foot Journey - A.R. Rahman (5 noms | 2 wins) | Rosewater -Howard Shore (4 noms / 3 wins) | Gone Girl - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (1 nomination / 1 win ) | The Judge - Thomas Newman (12 nominations) | The Homesman- Marco Beltrami (2 nominations) | Two Faces of January - Alberto Iglesias (3 nominations) | Nightcrawler - James Newton Howard (8 noms) | Birdman - Antonio Sanchez (never nominated) | Captain America: Winter Soldier - Henry Jackman (never nominated) | The Immigrant - Christopher Spielman (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - Jonny Greenwood (never nominated) | Noah - Clint Mansell (never nominated) |
Tier 4 - It's hard to win a first nomination


COMPOSERS UNKNOWN

This branch of the Academy is famously insular so if one of their favorites is scoring any of these....
Selma | Exodus: God of Kings
| A Most Violent Year

2015???
Pawn Sacrifice - James Newton Howard (8 nominations) | Carol - Carter Burwell (never nominated) | Dark Places - Gregory Tripi (never nominated) | Far From the Madding Crowd (unknown) | Mojave (unknown) | True Story (unknown) | The Water Diviner (unknown) | Queen of the Desert - Klaus Bedelt (never nominated) | A Little Chaos - Peter Gregson (never nominated)

 

Best Original Song - Predictions as of Sept 25th

Begin Again

"Lost Stars"

Book of Life

"I Love You Too Much"

The Lego Movie

"Everything is Awesome"

Muppets Most Wanted

"Something So Right"

Begin Again

"A Step You Can't Take Back"

Jay Z will contribute new songs. The original composers of the musical are also involved but to what extent?

I've heard this love song by Oscar favorite Paul Williams and its a promising contender with an important scene in the movie

A catchy earworm that seems like a strong contender. But the music branch is unpredictable

Celine Dion & Miss Piggy duet.

Written by Bret McKenzie won an Oscar for his first Muppets movie.

Films rarely campaign two songs anymore but Begin Again could. And I hope they do.

Tier 2 - Much more will be revealed

Other Originals
Muppets Most Wanted -"We're Doing a Sequel," "I'm Number One," "The Big House," "Interrogation Song," and "I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)" all by Bret McKenzie
Rio 2 "What is Love" from Janelle Monáe
How to Train Your Dragon 2 "Where No One Goes" -Jónsi
A Million Ways To Die in the West - "A Million Ways to Die" - Alan Jackson
Begin Again -"Like a Fool," "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home"
Need For Speed - "Hero" -Kid Cuti feat. Skylar Grey
Noah "Mercy" Patti Smith & Kronos Quartet

Maybe?
Land Ho! ' "Land Ho!"

Some Originals. But Which?
Book of Life, Rio 2, Earth to Echo, Son of God, The Fault in Our Stars, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return - all have multiple songs but how many of those are originals?
Annie - supposedly Jay-Z has new songs in the movie but how well will they fit with the original song score?

Will They Have Originals?
The Boxtrolls • How To Train Your Dragon 2 • The Princess Kaguya • Song of the Sea

And which live action films will have a song? any *more* suggestions as to which might qualify this year? If you hear of an original song contender please let us know... this information is always semi-mysterious until the Academy releases their list of eligible contenders.


Best Sound Mixing - Predictions as of Sept 25th
Interstellar
Fury
Get On Up
Into the Woods
Imitation Game

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Wild
Gone Girl
Birdman
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Unbroken
         
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! A someone random selection of titles follows

Unbroken | Godzilla | Edge of Tomorrow | Begin Again | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Foxcatcher | Maleficent | Grand Budapest Hotel | The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies| Imitation Game | The Last Five Years | Lucy | Noah | Snowpiercer | Theory of Everything | Wild | Imitation Game

 

 

 

Best Sound Editing - Predictions as of Sept 25th
Interstellar
Fury
Godzilla
Birdman
Gone Girl

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Wild
Transformers: Age of Extinction
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
         
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! A someone random selection of more titles follows

Unbroken | Foxcatcher | Into the Woods | Maleficent | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Grand Budapest Hotel | Get On Up | Edge of Tomorrow | Kill the Messenger | Lucy | Noah | Snowpiercer | Whiplash | Wild | Imitation Game