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OSCARS 2012 NOMINATIONS : Best Score

 
The Contenders

Anna Karenina

Argo

Beasts of the S

Best Exotic Mar

Brave

Cloud Atlas

Dark Shadows

Flight

Frankenweenie

Hitchcock

Hotel Transylva

John Carter

Lawless

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Mirror Mirror

On the Road

Prometheus

Promised Land

Rise of the Gua

Skyfall

Snow White and

The Amazing Spi

The Avengers

The Dark Knight

The Hobbit: An

The Hunger Game

The Impossible

The Lorax

The Master

The Sessions

Wreck-It Ralph

Zero Dark Thirt
Best Score

Last year's winner in this category was Ludovic Bource for his music from "The Artist."

Identifying trends in this category can be difficult. Recent winners in this category include contemporary films ("The Social Network"), period films ("Atonement"), animated films ("Up"), and fantasy epics ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Return of the King").

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's winning "Social Network" score featured untraditional, ambient music, but more traditional orchestral scores typically prevail, as well as scores featuring and influenced by world music styles, including "Babel," "Frida," and "Slumdog Millionaire."

Among this year's contenders are "Lincoln" (five-time winner John Williams), "Anna Karenina" ("Atonement" winner Dario Marianelli), "Life of Pi" (Mychael Danna), and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer).

Alexandre Desplat has been nominated four times in the last five years, and this year has three films in contention: "Argo," "Rise of the Guardians," and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Four-time nominee Danny Elfman has two films competing for nominations: "Frankenweenie" and "Hitchcock."

Experts’ Rankings
Thelma Adams
Matt Atchity
Edward Douglas
1
Anna Karenina
Lincoln
Life of Pi
2
The Master
Anna Karenina
Lincoln
3
The Master
Cloud Atlas
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Marcus Dixon
Rob Licuria
1
Lincoln
Lincoln
Beasts of the Southern Wild
2
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Master
Argo
3
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Life of Pi
Lincoln
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