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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 Oct 26th
Theory of Everything
Jóhann Jóhannsson
(never nominated)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Michael Giacchino
(2 noms | 1 win
Fury
Steven Price
(1 nom | 1 win)
Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat
(6 noms)
Unbroken
Alexandre Desplat
(6 noms)
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat
(6 nominations)
Maleficent
James Newton Howard
(8 nominations)
Big Eyes
Danny Elfman
(4 nominations)
Interstellar
Hans Zimmer
(9 noms | 1 win)
Birdman
Antonio Sanchez
(never nominated)
Tier 3 - Oscar has honored them before, so they'll be listening

Two Shots at a Nomination
Snowpiercer
OR The Homesman - Marco Beltrami (2 nominations)
Exodus: Gods & Kings
OR Two Faces of January - Alberto Iglesias (3 nominations)
Rosewater
OR The Hobbit: Five Armies - Howard Shore (4 nomes | 3 wins)
Big Hero Six
OR Captain America: Winter Soldier - Henry Jackman (never nominated)

Other Possibilities
Foxcatcher
Mychael Danna (2 noms | 1 win) | Hundred Foot Journey - A.R. Rahman (5 noms | 2 wins) | Gone Girl - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (1 nomination / 1 win ) | The Judge - Thomas Newman (12 nominations) | Nightcrawler - James Newton Howard (8 noms) | The Immigrant - Christopher Spielman (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - Jonny Greenwood (never nominated) | Noah - Clint Mansell (never nominated) | A Most Violent Year -Alex Ebert (never nominated) | Selma - unknown | American Sniper - unknown but probably Clint Eastwood

 

Best Original Song - Predictions as of Oct 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"

Noah

"Mercy Is"

Films rarely campaign two songs anymore though Begin Again should. This is the most obvious choice.

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.

Patti Smith and this category is kind to living legends (who aren't named Cher or Madonna)

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 -"A Step You Can't Take Back," "Like a Fool," "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home"
Need For Speed - "Hero" -Kid Cuti feat. Skylar Grey

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 Oct 25th
Into the Woods
Birdman
Interstellar
Fury
Get On Up

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Imitation Game
Gone Girl
Wild
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
         
Still More Possiblities...

If They Go Total Epic / Blockbuster
Godzilla | Edge of Tomorrow | Captain America: Winter Soldier | Hobbit: Five Armies | Maleficent | Exodus: Gods & Kings

If They Lean Best-Picture
Foxcatcher | Grand Budapest Hotel | The Theory of Everything | Unbroken | American Sniper

If They Lean Music-Oriented
Whiplash | Begin Again

Interesting Longshots
Noah | Snowpiercer | Under the Skin

 

 

 

Best Sound Effects Editing - Predictions as of Oct 25th
Interstellar
Birdman
Fury
Godzilla
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Gone Girl
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Guardians of the Galaxy
Exodus: Gods & Kings
Into the Woods
         
Still More Possibilities

If They Go Total Epic / Blockbuster
Edge of Tomorrow | Captain America: Winter Soldier | Hobbit: Five Armies | Maleficent

If They Lean Best-Picture
Wild | Foxcatcher | Grand Budapest Hotel | The Theory of Everything | Unbroken | American Sniper | Imitation Game

If They Lean Music-Oriented
Whiplash | Begin Again | Get On Up

Interesting Longshots
Noah | Snowpiercer | Under the Skin