Among the two-dozen categories in Thursday’s announcement of the Oscar nominations will be two musical races: Best Score and Best Song. However, no film is expected to contend in both races. Below, we preview our predicted nominees in both races in order of their racetrack odds, with the predicted winners — “The Hateful Eight” for score and “Furious 7” for song — noted in gold.
These official odds are derived from the predictions of 23 Expert film journalists along with the Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Oscar nominations and the thousands of Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.
“See You Again” (“Furious 7“) – 12/5
“Til It Happens to You” (“The Hunting Ground“) – 4/1
“Simple Song 3” (“Youth“) – 4/1
“Writings on the Wall” (“Spectre“) – 15/2
“Love Me Like You Do” (“Fifty Shades of Grey“) – 12/1
Our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users and Users all agree on that lineup of five Best Score and five Best Song nominees.
When it comes to picking the winners, nine of our 23 experts say “The Hateful Eight” will prevail for Best Score: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Brian Tuitt (USA Today).
And eight experts are backing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for score: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Meanwhile, two experts vote for “Inside Out” — Tim Gray (Variety) and Michael Musto (Out.com) — while another pair predict “Carol” to win — Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). And one lone expert — Jack Mathews (Gold Derby) — sticks his neck out for “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Our six editors are also split. Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and Paul Sheehan predict “Star Wars,” Rob Licuria and Tom O’Neil back “The Hateful Eight” and Marcus James Dixon votes for “Inside Out.”
Also forecasting “The Hateful Eight” to win Best Score are 12 of our Top 24 Users, including Denton Davidson. And four are backing “Star Wars,” including Cinemateo21. These two tied with the highest accuracy (79%) predicting last year’s nominations.
As for Best Song, frontrunner “See You Again” has the support of 13 Experts, three Editors and eight of our Top 24 Users. See more stats right here.
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Photo Credits: “The Hateful Eight” by The Weinstein Company; “Furious 7” by Universal Pictures