With 1/10 odds from our 27 movie Experts, “La La Land” is predicted to win Best Score at Sunday’s Academy Awards. The music is composed by Justin Hurwitz, who is also nominated for two Best Song bids this year. Hurwitz has already won at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs for his work on the movie musical, which has a remarkable 14 total nominations including Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars airing live Sunday on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Watch our fun webchat with Hurwitz right here.
All 27 of our Experts are predicting a “La La Land” victory for Best Score: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Erik Davis (Fandango), Eric Deggans (NPR), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Tim Gray (Variety), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
In second place is “Moonlight” with 40/1 odds. It’s composed by Nicholas Britell, who is also a first-time Oscar nominee. This season he has also earned nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes.
“Lion” is close behind with 50/1 odds based on support from our Experts. The film’s two composers Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann are enjoying their first Oscar bids, and they were also nominated at the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.
Tied at 50/1 odds is “Jackie,” composed by Mica Levi. This is Levi’s first Oscar bid after also contending this year at the Critics’ Choice and BAFTA Awards.
Rounding out the group of composers at 100/1 odds is Thomas Newman for “Passengers.” Newman is the only former Oscar nominee of the group, and he’s actually been nominated a whopping 14 times now without a single win.
According to our overall combined odds featuring the predictions of all Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (those who did the best at their winner picks last year), All-Star Top 24 (who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Oscars) and All Users, the rankings are nearly same. The favored pick of more than 2,900 people is “La La Land” with 1/10 odds over “Moonlight” with 33/1 odds. “Lion” follows with 50/1 odds, and then “Jackie” at 66/1 and “Passengers” at 80/1.
Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Score was “The Hateful Eight” composer Ennio Morricone. Who will join him in the Oscar winner’s circle this year?
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