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

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DECEMBER 9TH
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

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Nicholas Britell
(1 nomination)

Critics Choice nominee

 

ISLE OF DOGS
Alexandre Desplat
(9 noms | 2 wins)

HMMA Winner AnimatedGlobe nominee Critics Choice nominee

 

BLACK PANTHER
Ludwig Göransson (never nominated)

HMMA Winner Sci-Fi Fantasy, Globe nomineeCritics Choice nominee , Grammy nominee (Album  & Soundtrack)

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Max Richter
(never nominated)

HMMA Winner

FIRST MAN
Justin Hurwitz
(3 noms | 2 wins)

Globe nominee Critics Choice nominee

 

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

INCREDIBLES 2
Michael Giacchino
(2 noms | 1 win)

 

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

Globe nominee Critics Choice nominee

 

A QUIET PLACE
Marco Beltrami 
(2 nominations)

Globe nominee

 

WELCOME TO MARWEN
Alan Silvestri
2 nominations

BLACK KLANSMAN
Terrence Blanchard
never nominated

 
Tier 3 - Other Possible Scores of Note...

Previously nominated
Everybody Knows
- Alberto Iglesias (3/0)
Vice
- Nicholas Britell (1/0)
Operation Finale
- Desplat (9/2)
Ready Player One
- Alan Silvestri (2/0)
Solo A Star Wars Story - John Powell (1/0)
Welcome to Marwen - Alan Silvestri (2/0)
The Sisters Brothers -
Alexandre Desplat (9/2)
Widows - Hans Zimmer (11/1)
You Were Never Really Here - Jonny Greenwood (1/0) BIFA Winner

Waiting on first nomination
Boy Erased -Danny Bensi & Saunders Juriiaans
Suspiria - Thom Yorke
White Boy Rick - Max Richter

might not be eligible
The Favourite - uses several classic pieces as well as some new material by multiple composers
Green Book - Kris Bowers Critics Choice nominee

 

 

 

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

A STAR IS BORN

ROMA

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

BLACK PANTHER

THE INCREDIBLES 2

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

FIRST MAN

A QUIET PLACE

THE FAVOURITE

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT

ANNIHILATION

 
Tier 3 - Other possibilities for the bake-offs

Blackkklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2, Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Ready Player One, Solo, The Sisters Brothers, Widows, You Were Never Really Here BIFA Winner

 

 

 

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

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT INCREDIBLES 2 A QUIET PLACE
 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be
ROMA MARY POPPINS RETURNS

A STAR IS BORN

ANNIHILATION

READY PLAYER ONE

 
Tier 3 - Other possibilities for the bake-offs

Blackkklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts 2, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, The Sisters Brothers, Solo, 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

A STAR IS BORN
"Shallow"

Writers: Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt
Performers: Gaga and Bradley Cooper

HMMA Winner Feature Song, Globe nominee Critics Choice nominee, Grammy nominee (Record, Song, Visual Media Song)

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
"The Place Where Lost Things Go"

Writer: Marc Shaiman & Scott Whitman
Performer: Cast

Critics Choice nominee

MARY POPPINS RETURNS
"Trip a Little Light Fantastic"

Writer: Marc Shaiman & Scott Whitman
Performer: Cast

Critics Choice nominee

BLACK PANTHER
"All of the Stars"

Writers: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sounwave, Al Shux
Performers: Lamar and SZA

HMMA Winner Sci-Fi/Fantasy SongGlobe nominee Critics Choice nominee AAFCA winner, Grammy nominee (Record, Song, Visual Media Song)

RBG
"I'll Fight"

Writer: Diane Warren
Performer: Jennifer Hudson

HMMA Winner Documentary Song Critics Choice nominee

[MORE ON THIS SONG | LIVE VERSION]

Tier 2 - More possibilities

A WRINKLE IN TIME
"Flower in the Universe"

Writers: Sade Adu, Andrew Hale and Ben Travers
Performer: Sade

[MORE ON THIS SONG]

FREE SOLO
"Gravity"

Tim McGraw & Lori McKenna

BOY ERASED
"Revelation"

Troye Sivan & Jónsi 

Globe nominee

[MORE ON THIS SONG]

HEARTS BEAT LOUD
"Hearts Beat Loud"

Writer: Keegan DeWitt
Performers: Kiersey Clemons and Nick Offerman

[MORE ON THIS SONG]

DEADPOOL 2
"Ashes"

Writers: Peter Martin, Jordan Smith, Tedd T
Performer: Celine Dion

 

Other Songs With Awards Attention

Other Songs Hoping to Get Noticed

  • SUSPIRIA "Suspirium" Thom Yorke
  • SHERLOCK GNOMES "Stronger Than I Ever Was" Elton John & Bernie Taupin 
  • SMALLFOOT "Finally Free" Niail Horan 
  • BOOK CLUB "Living in the Moment" Carole Bayer Sager, Jay Landers Walter Afanasieff. Performed by Katharine McPhee. 
  • THE HATE U GIVE "We Won't Move" Arlissa
  • ON THE BASIS OF SEX "Here Comes the Change" Kesha
  • FIFTY SHADES FREED "For You" Liam Payne and Rita Ora
  • FIFTY SHADES FREED "Capital Letters" Hailee Steinfeld [MORE ON THIS ONE]
  • WIDOWS "The Big Unknown" Sade
  • LOVE SIMON "Love Lies" Khalid & Normani

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