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91st Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2018 (for the 2019 Ceremony) - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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APRIL FOOLISH PREDICTIONS IN ALL MUSIC AND SOUND CATEGORIES...


ORIGINAL SCORE

Oscar's music branch, once notoriously averse to new composers has been loosening up a bit these past few years. But they're still more likely to honor previous members of the club. 

Tier 1 - Prediction

FIRST MAN
Justin Hurwitz
(3 noms | 2 wins)

He's scored all four of Chazelle's movies and broke through with the La La Land score. Can he win Oscar's favor again?

THE SISTERS BROTHERS
Alexandre Desplat
(9 noms | 2 wins)

If the film is completed in time, he's bound to be noticed (if not necessarily nominated) -- especially if this proves his most high profile gig this year.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Nicholas Britell
(1 nomination)

One of the most gifted young composers, previously nominated for Moonlight and doing great work consistently, could factor in again.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Marc Shaiman (5 noms) & Scott Wittman
(never nominated)

Shaiman and Wittman are a wonderful team. But will they just opt for them in Song instead?

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Max Richter
(never nominated) 

This amazing German composer who has been Emmy nominated was responsible for one of Arrival's most memorable pieces of music but he hasn't quite broken through in cinema just yet.

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

INCREDIBLES 2
Michael Giacchino
(2 noms | 1 win)

Giacchino is often compared to John Williams so it's odd that Oscar hasn't totally fallen for him, despite plentiful work.

EVERYBODY KNOWS
Alberto Iglesias
(3 nominations)

One of our favorite composers. Previously nominated for Tinker Tailor, Kite Runner, and Constant Gardner (and those weren't even his best scores!

PETERLOO
Gary Yershon
(1 nomination)

His aggressive score for Mr Turner surprised to a nomination. Can he do it again for another Mike Leigh period drama?

BOY ERASED
Danny Bensi & Saunders Jurriaans (never nominated)

High profile films help so Bensi and Jurriaans could factor in if the film is well loved. They previously scored Villeneuve's Enemy and the TV series Fear the Walking Dead together

THE WOMEN OF MARWEN
Alan Silvestri
(2 nominations)

It's been 14 years since his last nomination. Can he catch their attention again? Also scored Infinity War and Ready Player One for 2018.

 
Tier 3 - Other Possible Scores of Note...
Alpha - Unknown, Backseat - Nicholas Brittell (1/0), Best of Enemies - Marcelo Zavros (0/0), BlacKkKlansmen - Terrence Blanchard (0/0), Black Panther - Ludwig Görannson (0/0), Death and Life of John F Donovan - Gabriel Yared (3/1), The Favourite -Unknown, Kursk - Desplat (9/2),  The Land of Steady Habits - Marcelo Zavros (0/0). The Little Stranger -Unknown, Operation Finale - Desplat (9/2), Ready Player One -Alan Silvestri (2/0), Solo: A Star Wars Story - John Powell (1/0), Suspiria - Thom Yorke (0/0), Valley Girl - Roger Neill (0/0), White Boy Rick - Max Richter (0/0), Widows - Unknown

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS
Rupert Gregson-Williams (never nominated)

His work on Wonder Woman, Hacksaw Ridge, and TV's The Crown won him fans. But he has yet to break through with Oscar.

A QUIET PLACE
Marco Beltrami 
(2 nominations)

The film relies heavily on its aural components and it's a big hit. Will that be enough for an Oscar campaign a year from now?

 

 

 

SOUND MIXING

This category is chiefly the domain of the three following types of pictures: musicals (or music heavy pictures), action or genre blockbusters, and best picture players with lots of technial prowess. 

Tier 1 - Prediction

FIRST MAN

Astronauts, moon travel, and Best Picture heat?

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Major musical and sequel to a huge Oscar hit.

A STAR IS BORN

Another musical. There's room for two if they're both well liked.

BLACK PANTHER

It'll be tough to ignore the year's biggest hit.

A QUIET PLACE

The sound really makes the movie but will they give it a solid campaign?

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Star Wars films are often sound nominees. But will they feel affection for this troubled production?

INCREDIBLES 2

The original film was nominated in both sound categories. Could the sequel repeat that trick?

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

A third music-heavy picture could factor in - especially if the concert scenes rock.

READY PLAYER ONE

Oscar likes tech heavy pictures but is it well liked enough to factor in a year from now?

MOWGLI

It's tough to know when they'll go for cgi mo-cap movies. They weirdly ignored Planet of the Apesand Jungle Book in these categories

 
Tier 3 - Other possibilities for the bake-offs

Alpha, Aquaman, Alita Battle Angel, Annihilation, Ant Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Blackkklansman, Deadpool 2, Fantastic Beasts 2, If Beale Street Could Talk, Incredibles 2, Mary Queen of Scots, Mission Impossible Fallout, Mortal Engines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The Sisters Brothers, Widows

 

 

 

SOUND EDITING

This category generally favors best picture players with obvious technical prowess, action or genre blockbusters, and the occassional animated film.

Tier 1 - Prediction

FIRST MAN

BLACK PANTHER

A QUIET PLACE INCREDIBLES 2 MOWGLI
 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY READY PLAYER ONE

AVENGERS INFINITY WAR

MORTAL ENGINES

ALITA BATTLE ANGEL

 
Tier 3 - Other possibilities for the bake-offs

Aquaman, Alpha, Annihilation, Ant Man and the Wasp, Blackkklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Deadpool 2, Fantastic Beasts 2,  If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Queen of Scots, Mary Poppins Returns, Mission Impossible Fallout, Mortal Engines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, A Star is Born, The Sisters Brothers, Widows

 

 

 

ORIGINAL SONG

This early in the year we don't yet know which movies will have songs... but the safest bets to actually include songs  are usually musicals or animated films. The category also enjoys it when major musicians moonlight as film composers (see Lady Gaga and Mary J Blige in recent years). Lately documentaries have also frequently competed though we rarely hear about those songs ahead of time. So we're just guessing five films randomly for now. The chart will grow throughout the year.

Tier 1 - Prediction

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

A STAR IS BORN

SMALLFOOT A WRINKLE IN TIME
 
Other Possibilities ???

Any guesses or insider info as to which movies might have songs this year? Send us tips here!