Predict Best Score Oscar: Five more chances for Alexandre Desplat

Music is a non-visual art form, so Identifying trends for the Best Score Oscar can be difficult. Recent winners include contemporary films (“The Social Network”), period films (“Atonement”), animated films (“Up”), fantasy (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Return of the King”), and sci-fi (“Gravity“).

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Gravity” was the first nomination and win for composer Steven Price, who could be nominated for the second year in a row for the war drama “Fury.”

But he’ll have to get past a number of perennial favorites, including Alexandre Desplat, who is one of the most prolific composers currently working, with six previous Oscar nominations in the last seven years, including last year for “Philomena.” This year, with five eligible films in 2014, he could conceivably sweep the category: “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Godzilla,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Monuments Men,” and “Unbroken.”

Desplat has never won, but he’s not nearly as overdue as Thomas Newman, who has been shut out of 12 previous nominations. He has a pair of films in contention in 2014: “Get On Up” and “The Judge.”

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James Newton Howard has been nominated eight times without a win. His latest films are “Maleficent,” “Nightcrawler,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”

Three-time nominee Alberto Iglesias has two chances at nominations: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Two Faces of January.”

Several previous winners are aiming for repeat wins, including Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“Gone Girl“), Hans Zimmer (“Interstellar“), Dario Marianelli (“The Boxtrolls“), Gustavo Santaolalla (“The Book of Life“), and Howard Shore (“Rosewater“).

Will this be the year an overdue composer finally wins? Will Price win two in a row? Or will the category honor another first-time champ? Use our drag-and-drop menu to make your predictions below.

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