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Adapting "Guardians" -a screenwriting interview

I especially like that part about how boundaries can be a good thing. Knowing where the plot points have to hit always stops me from wandering aimlessly in my writing. Some may see those thing as cookie cutter but I've always found them inspiring.❞ -Daniel


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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 - First Round of Predictions May 18th
Alexandre Desplat
(6 noms)
Mychael Danna
(2 noms | 1 win)
Hans Zimmer
(9 noms | 1 win)
The Homesman - Marco Beltrami (2 nominations)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat
(6 noms)
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Maleficent James Newton Howard
(8 nominations)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Michael Giacchino
(2 noms | 1 win)
Big Eyes
Danny Elfman
(4 nominations)
Steven Price
(1 nom | 1 win)
Hundred Foot Journey
A.R Rahman
(5 noms | 2 wins)
Tier 3 - Oscar has honored them before, so they'll be listening
Get On Up - Thomas Newman (12 nominations) | Godzilla - Alexandre Desplat (6 noms) | Gone Girl - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (1 nomination / 1 win ) | The Judge - Thomas Newman (12 nominations) | Jupiter Ascending - Michael Giacchino (2 noms | 1 win) | Pawn Sacrifice - James Newton Howard (8 nominations) | Snowpiercer - Marco Beltrami (2 nominations) | Two Faces of January - Alberto Iglesias (3 nominations)
Tier 4 - You never know...
Birdman - Antonio Sanchez (never nominated) | Captain America: Winter Soldier - Henry Jackman (never nominated) | Carol - Carter Burwell (never nominated) | Dark Places - Gregory Tripi (never nominated) | The Imitation Game - Clint Mansell (never nominated) | The Immigrant - Christopher Spielman (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - Jonny Greenwood (never nominated) | A Little Chaos - Peter Gregson (never nominated) | Lost River - Johnny Jewel (never nominated) | Noah - Clint Mansell (never nominated) | Queen of the Desert - Klaus Bedelt (never nominated) | Theory of Everything - Jóhann Jóhannsson (never nominated)
This branch of the Academy is famously insular so if one of their favorites is scoring any of these....

Exodus: God of Kings | Far From the Madding Crowd | Miss Julie | Mojave | A Most Violent Year | Nightcrawler | Rosewater | The Search | Suite Française | True Story | The Water Diviner | Wild


Best Original Song - First Round of Predictions May 7th

Into the Woods

[Title TBA]

The Lego Movie

"Everything is Awesome"


[Title TBA]

Muppets Most Wanted

"Something So Right"


[Title TBA]

Stephen Sondheim wrote a new song for Meryl Streep as The Witch
A catchy earworm that seems like a strong contender. But the music branch is unpredictable

Rihanna is reportedly doing a whole concept album (and has a voice role in the film)

Celine Dion & Miss Piggy duet.

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

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

Tier 2 - Much more will be revealed

Confirmed 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

Some Originals. But Which?
Rio 2 - several of the song were written for the film
Home - Rihanna is purportedly writing multiple songs for the film

Will They Have Originals?
The Book of Life • The Boxtrolls • How To Train Your Dragon • 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 - First Round of Predictions May 7th
Into the Woods
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Gone Girl


Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Get On Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
Edge of Tomorrow
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out! A someone random selection of titles follows

Begin Again | Birdman | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Foxcatcher | Fury | Grand Budapest Hotel | The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies| Imitation Game
Jersey Boys | The Last Five Years | Lucy | Noah | Snowpiercer | Theory of Everything | True Story | Wild




Best Sound Editing - First Round of Predictions May 7th
Gone Girl
Guardians of the Galaxy


Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Into the Woods
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

Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Fury
Grand Budapest Hotel | Get On Up | Edge of Tomorrow | Jupiter Ascending | Kill the Messenger
Lucy | Noah | Snowpiercer | True Story | Whiplash | Wild