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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog

January 18th Final Predictions

ORIGINAL SCORE - a very difficult category to predict because the Oscar's music branch is the most insular of all branches (based on how few "first time nominees" they regularly honor - usually no more than 1 a year) and yet most of the buzzy scores this year were from never-before-nominated composers. Throwing my hands up and just saying...

 

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

 

La La Land
Justin Hurwitz
(never nom'ed)

The one to beat. IF it gets nominated though surely it will

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

Florence Foster Jenkins
Alexandre Desplat (8 noms | 1 win)

The new John Williams destined to be in the mix each year?

The BFG

John Williams
(50 noms | 5 wins)

For the past 45 years or so if he was eligible they've nominated him

 Lion
Volker Bertlemann & Dustin O'Halloran 
(never nominated)

My guess for the second "never nominated" composer that gets in.

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

Kubo and the Two Strings
Dario Marianelli
(3 noms | 1 win)

Laika's gorgeous feature wasn't a blockbuster with audiences but the buzz is still strong and Marianelli is always a great listen

 

 

 

Tier 2 - Potential Spoilers

Rogue One
Michael Giacchino
2 noms | 1 win

They like Star Wars films in this category but they've always been by Williams in the past

 Moonlight

Nicolas Britell

 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?

 

Critics Choice NomGlobe Nom 

 

 

 

Jackie
Mica Levy
(never nominated)

 

 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?

 

Critics Choice Nom

 

Nocturnal Animals
Abel Korzeniowki

 Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?

 

Moana
Marc Macina

Fine score but will the music branch resist the new players?

Tier 3 Longer Shots

Jungle Book Debney (1 nom)
Light Btwn Oceans
Desplat (8 noms | 1 win)
Passengers
Newman (13 noms)
Julieta
Iglesias (3 nominations)
Birth of a Nation
Jackman (never nom'ed)
Zootopia Giacchino
Doctor Strange Giacchino
The Founder Carter Burwell (1 nom)
Allied Alan Silvestri (3 noms)
Fantastic Beasts and... James Newton Howard (8 noms)
The Handmaiden Jo Yeong-wook
Hell or High Water Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Hidden Figures Pharrell Wiliams & Benjamin Wallfish  Globe Nom 

DEEMED NOT ELIGIBLE
Arrival Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom

 

 

 

ORIGINAL SONG - The list of official contenders list (91 in total) is now available. 

Tier 1 - Predicted 5
Nothing in this category is ever safe with gigantic snubs for frontrunning songs in the past. But the La La Land songs are both looking strong.

La La Land

"City of Stars"

 

Critics Choice Nom

La La Land

"Audition"

 

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

 Moana

"How Far I'll Go"

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom

 

 

Sing Street
"Drive it Like You Stole It"

Critics Choice Nom

  Miss Sharon Jones
"I'm Still Here"

Tier 2 - Also Getting Attention

 

 Trolls
"Cant Fight This Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

Critics Choice Nom,  Globe Nom 

Rules Don't Apply
"Rules Don't Apply" 

Critics Choice Nom

 Jim: The James Foley Story
"Empty Chair"
 Po
"Dancing With Your Shadow"

 Zootopia

"Try Everything"

 

Tier 3 - Longer Shots

Gold "Gold" Globe Nom 
Sing "Faith" Globe Nom 
Jim: The James Foley Story "Empty Chair" 
Lion "Never Give Up"  
Snowden "The Veil" 
13th "Letter to the Free
Queen of Katwe "Back to Life"
Hidden Figures "Running" or "I See a Victory"
Audrie & Daisy "Flicker"
Sausage Party "The Great Beyond"

ALL THE ELIGIBLE SONGS

 

 

SOUND MIXING


Tier 1 - Predicted 5

 

La La Land

 

Hacksaw Ridge

 

Arrival
 Sully
 Deepwater Horizon
 
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Rogue One

 Doctor Strange

 Hell or High Water

 Jungle Book

 Fantastic Beasts

 

 

Other Titles of Interest

Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, Passengers, Patriot's Day, Captain America: Civil War, Allied, 13 Hours, and Zootopia
 

 

SOUND EDITING

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

 

Hacksaw Ridge

 

Arrival
 Deadpool
 Sully
 Deepwater Horizon
 

 

Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

 Doctor Strange
 La La Land Rogue One
 Jungle Book
 Captain America: Civil War

 

Other Titles of Interest...

Passengers, Live by Night, Hell or High Water, Patriot's Day, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Allied, Jason Bourne, and Zootopia