Nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on January 24th. But seeing as I’ll be out of town when that happens, I thought I would speculate on who will be nominated (and possibly win) the Oscar for Best Original Score. I know the “big” awards are considered to be Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, but really it’s the Best Original Score Oscar that I care about the most.
I’m partially basing this list on the Golden Globes nominations because more often than not, the Golden Globes “predict” the Oscars. The rest of the list will be what I really want to be considered, whether it’s realistic or not.
(This is in no particular order)
- Kubo and the Two Strings/Dario Marianelli: If for some reason you have not seen this film, you are missing out. As I’ve stated before, the music for Kubo and the Two Strings is an undeniable treat. In a time where a lot of Hollywood film scores sound very much alike, Kubo is a refreshing change with its emphasis on traditional Japanese music, and putting the shamisen front and center. I would be so happy to see this film win Best Original Score; it was original, beautiful, and it will last over time
2. Moana/Mark Mancina/Lin-Manuel Miranda (songs)/Opetaia Foa’i (songs): I’m probably reaching with this one, but I loved the music for Moana; not just the songs, but the overall score as well. It has a beautiful Polynesian sound that elevates the story to new heights. At the very least, I hope this score receives a nomination.
3. Hidden Figures/Hans Zimmer/Pharrell Williams/Benjamin Wallfisch: There’s no denying this film has been a breakout hit, and for that reason alone, this film should be considered for the Best Original Score Oscar. It’s also a Hans Zimmer score, which means it’s pretty darn good.
4. La La Land/Justin Hurwitz: Alright, I’ll admit it, I have no idea why this film is so popular. I get that it’s a musical, but given the other films that came out last year, I don’t see that this film should have won over all the others. But considering this film won SEVEN Golden Globes, I highly suspect this film might take the Oscar (worthy or not).
In a perfect world I would add Rogue One and Arrival to this list, but the latter was disqualified and the former won’t be nominated because, while it was good, it wasn’t John Williams-good.
Who do you think will win the Oscar for Best Original Score? Let me know in the comments below. Once I get back, I’ll check out the nominations and see if my list lines up to reality in any way.
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