Composer Alexandre Desplat had racked up six losses and was expected to lose again this year, despite two nominations. But he finally won an Oscar for his score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
We had him in second place with 12/5 odds and the votes of seven Experts: Pete Hammond (Deadline), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood).
Contrast that to 21 of our Oscars experts who predicted Golden Globe champ Johann Johannsson would prevail with his rooke bid for “The Theory of Everything.” He also had the backing of three of our seven Editors, 19 of our Top 24 Users, and 64% of our overall Users.
“The Theory of Everything” was the 4/7 favorite with 21 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
“Interstellar” had the third spot with 25/1 odds and the backing of Mike Cidoni (Associated Press). Hans Zimmer, who won this race in 1994 for “The Lion King,” contended for the 10th time.
Desplat was in fourth for “The Imitation Game” at 50/1.
Last place was held by “Mr. Turner” and its rookie nominee Gary Yershon at 100/1.