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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 Nov 17th
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
Maleficent
James Newton Howard
(8 nominations)
Interstellar
Hans Zimmer
(9 noms | 1 win)
Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat
(6 nominations)
Birdman
Antonio Sanchez
(never nominated)
Big Eyes
Danny Elfman
(4 nominations)
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
Howards Shore (4 noms | 3 wins)
The Hobbit: Five Armies - Howard Shore (4 nomes | 3 wins) HMIM nod
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 ) HMIM nod | The Judge - Thomas Newman (12 nominations) HMIM nod | Nightcrawler - James Newton Howard (8 noms) | The Immigrant - Christopher Spielman (never nominated) | Inherent Vice - Jonny Greenwood (never nominated) | Noah - Clint Mansell (never nominated) HMIM nod | A Most Violent Year -Alex Ebert (never nominated) | Selma - unknown | American Sniper - unknown but probably Clint Eastwood | Guardians of the Galaxy - Tyler Bates HMIM nod | The Book of Life - Gustavo Santoalla HMIM nod | The Boxtrolls -Dario Marianelli HMIM nod | 

 

Best Original Song - Predictions as of Nov 17th

Begin Again

"Lost Stars"

HMIM nod

Selma

""

Common & John Legend

The Lego Movie

"Everything is Awesome"

HMIM nod

The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies

"The Last Goodbye"

Noah

"Mercy Is"

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

End credits but still emotion-inducing photos are playing during them

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

"The Last Goodbye"

Do you promise?

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 -"Something So Right," 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)" HMIM nod   all by Bret McKenzie
Book of Life "I Love You Too Much" by Paul Williams
Rio 2 "What is Love" from Janelle Monáe HMIM nod
How to Train Your Dragon 2 "Where No One Goes" -Jónsi HMIM nod
A Million Ways To Die in the West - "A Million Ways to Die" - Alan Jackson
Begin Again -"A Step You Can't Take Back" is also being campaigned ("Like a Fool" & "Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home" are not)
Need For Speed - "Hero" -Kid Cuti feat. Skylar Grey
Wish I Was Here - "Wish I Was Here" Cat Power & Coldplay HMIM nod and "So Now What" - The Shins HMIM nod 
Fault in Our Stars - "Not About the Angels" HMIM nod
Land Ho! ' "Land Ho!"
The Boxtrolls "The Boxtrolls"  

Some Originals. But Which?
Earth to Echo, Son of God, 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?

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 Nov 17th
Into the Woods
Birdman
Unbroken
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 | American Sniper | Interstellar

If They Lean Music-Oriented
Whiplash | Begin Again

Interesting Longshots
Noah | Snowpiercer | Under the Skin

 

 

 

Best Sound Effects Editing - Predictions as of Nov 17th
Dawn of Planet of the Apes
Godzilla
Fury
Birdman
Transformers Age of Extinction

 

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
Gone Girl
Interstellar
Guardians of the Galaxy
Unbroken
Into the Woods
   
     
Still More Possibilities

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

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

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

Interesting Longshots
Noah | Snowpiercer | Under the Skin