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88th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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Best Original Score Predictions
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Williams
(∞ noms | 5 wins)
Hateful Eight
Ennio Morricone
(5 noms | 1 honorary Oscar)
The Danish Girl
Alexandre Desplat
(8 noms | 1 win)
Jóhann Jóhannson
(1 nomination)
Bridge of Spies
Thomas Newman
(12 nominations)
 Williams success rate of winning nominations per film efforts puts even Meryl Streep to shame! Tarantino, who doesn't usually use original scores, convinced the legendary Morricone to compose one (Morricone's first western in 40 years) Because he composes so very many scores, it's just a question of which they take a shine to. This one is too much for the movie but that might not stop them
  He was just welcomed into their club and this score is winning fine notices.
  Ever a bridesmaids... but when will he win one?
Other Major Possibilities
Inside Out
Michael Giacchino
(2 noms | 1 win)
David Lang
(never nominated)
Dario Marianelli
(3 noms | 1 win)
The Walk
Alan Silvestri
(2 nominations)
Patrick Doyle
(2 nominations)
 Giacchino's audience friendly compositions haven't won a lot of Oscar attention. But they do like him with Pixar!
 This 58 year old Pulitzer Prize winning composer is relatively new to movies but since this movie is about a composer and the music is important...
Seems like the kind of film that will benefit from a big score. Marianelli is quite a talent Silvestri hasn't been nominated in a  long time but both times it was for a Zemeckis picture (which this one is)
 The score is lovely but the real question is if Disney will push their brand new tradition of March live action fairy tales for Oscars nearly a year later
Anything Could Happen

Previous Nominees
Spotlight - Howard Shore (4 noms | 3 wins) it's a non intrusive minimal score but it's perfect for the movie. Will they like the movie enough to nominate it even here?, Pan - John Powell (1 nomination), Brooklyn - Michael Brook (never nominated), The Walk Alan Silverstri (2 noms), Freeheld - Hans Zimmer (10 noms | 1 win) Tulip Fever - Danny Elfman (noms), Everest - Dario Marianelli (3 noms | 1 win), Spectre - Thomas Newman (12 nominations) , The Dressmaker - David Hirschfelder (2 nominations) , Concussion - James Newton Howard (8 nominations) , Sicario - Jóhann Jóhannson - (1 nomination), Southpaw - James Horner ( 2 nominations), Jurassic World - Michael Giacchino (2 noms | 1 win), Miles Ahead - Herbie Hancock (1 nom | 1 win), Suffragette - Alexandre Desplat (8 noms | 1 win)

Never Nominated
Carol or Mr Holmes - Carter Burwell (never nominated sounds so wrong, eh?) The Martian -Harry Gregson-Williams (but this movie relies heavily on its greatest hits song score), A Little Chaos - Peter Gregson, Crimson Peak - Fernandro Velasquez, In the Heart of the Sea - Roque Baños, Far From the Madding Crowd - Craig Armstrong, Secret in Their Eyes - Emilio Kauderer

New / Young Composers -Will Any of Them Get Noticed?
Beasts of No Nation - Dan Romer, MacBeth - Jed Kurzel,Youth - David Lang, Mad Max: Fury Road / Black Mass - Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Creed - Ludwig Göransson, Our Brand is Crisis - David Wingo


Best Original Song Predictions


"Simple Song #3"

I'll See You In My Dreams

"I'll See You In My Dreams"
Pitch Perfect 2



"Writing's on the Wall"

Ricki & The Flash

"Cold One"


 David Lang is already a Pulitzer Prize winning composer and this movie builds to this song, an overwhelming / beautiful vocal composition


 A touching moment in the narrative and performed as a song in progress


Jessie J's big pop song gets quite major play and it's "written" within the movie by the Hailee Steinfeld character.

 James Bond songs aren't normally nominated but Sam Smith could continue the Oscar fervor from Skyfall


Jenny Lewis & Jonathan Rice's is a good one and Streep sings it wistfully, with an entire scene devoted to it

Other Major Possibilities

The Hunting Ground

"Until It Happens To You"

Love & Mercy

"One Kind of Love"


"Kings Never Die"



Furious 7

"See You Again"

 If Lady Gaga's potential big year reignites her little monster fanbase of all ages
Could this be eligible? Will they remember this movie existed? Eminem is an Oscar winner. Gwen Stefani is an added bonus
 Eminem again. But will they remember this movie existed?
Wiz Khalifa if they want to honor a global smash movie

Other Possibilities - Any Suggestions?
50 Shades of Grey
"Earned It" or "Love Like You Do"
Cinderella "Strong" 
Home  something by Rihanna?

Anything original in Straight Outta Compton? or is it all late 80s/early 90s classics?

Best Sound Mixing Predictions
Star Wars The Force Awakens
The Revenant The Martian Mad Max Fury Road Youth
 Of the six Star Wars pictures to date, four were nominated here  Can Inaritu have another Oscar hit immediately after Birdman? We shall see.  
  It'll be a big hit and sci-fi films can do well in craft categories
 Will the critical raves make them sit up and listen?
 The sound is one of the key craft elements given the music themes
Other Major Possibilities
Sicario The Hateful Eight Black Mass Straight Outta Compton In the Heart of the Sea
If it has the Best Picture heat we expect  They like the sound of Tarantino  gun play  If they want to honor its success. They do like music pictures in this category Ron Howard films haven't won Oscar attention in awhile but the sound branch used to really admire watery pictures
Anything Could Happen - It's Very Early

They've got Oscar nominees on their sound teams: Spectre, Crimson Peak, Southpaw, Steve Jobs, Beasts of No Nation, MacBeth, Cinderella, Ex Machina, The Walk

Other Possibilities: Son of Saul, Victoria, Everest, The Danish Girl, Ricki and the Flash, Joy, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Age of Ultron, Brooklyn, Spotlight


Best Sound Editing Predictions
Star Wars The Force Awakens
The Revenant Mad Max: Fury Road Sicario The Hateful Eight
 Oscar likes the sound of 'dem galaxies far far away  If it has Best Picture heat
 Because it would be a real shame if it doesn't score somewhere!
 If it has Best Picture heat  Oscar likes the sound of Tarantino
Other Major Possibilities
The Martian In the Heart of the Sea Spectre Jurassic World Straight Outta Compton
 It could easily be a big Oscar player in craft categories
 If it has unexpected Best Picture heat Will AMPAS go back to ignoring Bond? 
 If they love those dino effects
it's high profile
Anything Could Happen - It's Very Early

They've got Oscar nominees on their sound teams: Black Mass, Crimson Peak, Southpaw, Steve Jobs, Mr Holmes, Beasts of No Nation, MacBeth, Cinderella, Ex Machina, The Walk

Other Possibilities: Room, Spotlight, Everest, Love & Mercy, Joy, Tomorrowland, and Age of Ultron