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  • Eddy Q
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    Let’s discuss the contenders Best Original Score this year. As a classical musician I have a strong interest in this category, although I am not alone in finding the music branch one of the most frustratingly cliquey in the Academy, the occasional inspired nomination notwithstanding. That said, here are some of the main contenders so far:

    Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
    The BFG – John Williams
    Florence Foster Jenkins – Alexandre Desplat
    Jackie – Mica Levi
    The Jungle Book – John Debney
    Kubo and the Two Strings – Dario Marianelli
    La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
    Zootopia – Michael Giacchino

    Possibilities yet to screen include:

    Allied – Alan Silvestri
    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard
    Moana – Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Passengers – Thomas Newman
    Silence – Howard Shore

    Thoughts?

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    jacob121
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    This one is always harder for me to predict without having seen most of the movies but the score from Jackie has been singled out in the majority of the reviews I have read which is unusual so I would say Levi is a strong contender. That said, my understanding is that she is a relative newcomer so that may hamper her here.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Desplat’s going into this thing with four compositions under his belt – Florence Foster Jenkins, The Light Between Oceans, Rogue One and The Secret Life of Pets. Middling reviews aside, it wouldn’t surprise me if Light winds up his nomination.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (2011) – Longing for the Rainbow Connection

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    PJ Edwards
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    I guess:

    Arrival
    Billy lynn Halftime Walk
    Jackie
    La La Land
    Rogue One

    But it seems like a really competitive race!

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    KyleBailey
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    I wouldn’t count out James Horner’s final score on The Magnificent Seven but we’ll see in a week.

    Swiss Army Man should be nominated but it won’t sadly.

    It’s been a pretty weak year for scores so far so I’m sure it will go to something we haven’t seen yet

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    GusCruz
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    #1201922574

    Mica Levi! It’s about time a woman wins this.

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    Justmimusicmon
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    Mica Levi! It’s about time a woman wins this.

    Agreed!

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    Eddy Q
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    Mica Levi! It’s about time a woman wins this.

    Indeed, the only female winners we’ve had so far have been for comedies/musicals when we had a category split. And I’m pretty certain that neither Rachel Portman for Emma nor Anne Dudley for The Full Monty would have won the category as it is now.

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    KyleBailey
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    Looks like Desplat is out on Rouge One and Michael Giacchino is in!

    https://t.co/2Z5QgwbA63

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    Teridax
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    Mica Levi! It’s about time a woman wins this.

    A woman already won this: Rachel Portman for “Original Musical or Comedy Score” for Emma.

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    Teridax
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    Mica Levi! It’s about time a woman wins this.

    Indeed, the only female winners we’ve had so far have been for comedies/musicals when we had a category split. And I’m pretty certain that neither Rachel Portman for Emma nor Anne Dudley for The Full Monty would have won the category as it is now.

    Okay, THAT is true. Both The English Patient and easily Titanic would have won if there had been combined Music categories.

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    Emil Petrov
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    I just found out that the music in the Moonlight Trailer is original for the film by composer Nicholas Britell. I proclaim him my new front runner. Stunning music!

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    PJ Edwards
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    Best Eligible Scores are Set, Notable exceptions Arrival and Silence which sit in the Gold Derby predicted top 5

    “The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
    “Absolutely Fabulous The Movie,” Jake Monaco, composer
    “The Accountant,” Mark Isham, composer
    “Alice through the Looking Glass,” Danny Elfman, composer
    “Allied,” Alan Silvestri, composer
    “Almost Christmas,” John Paesano, composer
    “American Pastoral,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
    “The Angry Birds Movie,” Heitor Pereira, composer
    “Anthropoid,” Robin Foster, composer
    “Armenia, My Love,” Silvia Leonetti, composer
    “Assassin’s Creed,” Jed Kurzel, composer
    “Autumn Lights,” Hugi Gudmundsson and Hjörtur Ingvi Jóhannsson, composers
    “The BFG,” John Williams, composer
    “Believe,” Michael Reola, composer
    “Ben-Hur,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
    “Bilal,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer
    “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers
    “The Birth of a Nation,” Henry Jackman, composer
    “Bleed for This,” Julia Holter, composer
    “The Boss,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
    “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” Craig Armstrong, composer
    “The Bronze,” Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau, composers
    “Captain America: Civil War,” Henry Jackman, composer
    “The Charnel House,” Todd Haberman, composer
    “The Choice,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
    “Collateral Beauty,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
    “The Conjuring 2,” Joseph Bishara, composer
    “Criminal,” Bryan Tyler and Keith Power, composers
    “Deadpool,” Tom Holkenborg, composer
    “Deepwater Horizon,” Steve Jablonsky, composer
    “Denial,” Howard Shore, composer
    “Doctor Strange,” Michael Giacchino, composer
    “The Dressmaker,” David Hirschfelder, composer
    “Eddie the Eagle,” Matthew Margeson, composer
    “The Edge of Seventeen,” Atli Ӧrvarsson, composer
    “Elle,” Anne Dudley, composer
    “Eye in the Sky,” Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian, composers
    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” James Newton Howard, composer
    “Fences,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
    “Finding Dory,” Thomas Newman, composer
    “The First Monday in May,” Ian Hultquist and Sofia Hultquist, composers
    “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
    “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life,” Ryan Shore, composer
    “The Founder,” Carter Burwell, composer
    “Free State of Jones,” Nicholas Britell, composer
    “Ghostbusters,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
    “The Girl on the Train,” Danny Elfman, composer
    “Gleason,” Dan Romer and Saul Simon MacWilliams, composers
    “Gold,” Daniel Pemberton, composer
    “Greater,” Stephen Raynor-Endelman, composer
    “Hacksaw Ridge,” Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer
    “Hail, Caesar!,” Carter Burwell, composer
    “The Handmaiden,” Cho Young-wuk, composer
    “Hands of Stone,” Angelo Milli, composer
    “Hell or High Water,” Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, composers
    “Hidden Figures,” Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch, composers
    “High-Rise,” Clint Mansell, composer
    “How to Be Single,” Fil Eisler, composer
    “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” Lukasz Buda and Samuel Scott, composers
    “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” James Newton Howard, composer
    “Ice Age: Collision Course,” John Debney, composer
    “Independence Day: Resurgence,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers
    “Indignation,” Jay Wadley, composer
    “The Invitation,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
    “Ithaca,” John Mellencamp, composer
    “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” Henry Jackman, composer
    “Jackie,” Mica Levi, composer
    “Julieta,” Alberto Iglesias, composer
    “The Jungle Book,” John Debney, composer
    “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” Jake Monaco, composer
    “Kicks,” Brian Reitzell, composer
    “Krisha,” Brian McOmber, composer
    “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Dario Marianelli, composer
    “La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz, composer
    “Land of Mine,” Sune Martin, composer
    “Landfill Harmonic,” Michael A. Levine, composer
    “The Legend of Ben Hall,” Ronnie Minder, composer
    “The Legend of Tarzan,” Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer
    “Life, Animated,” Dylan Stark and T. Griffin, composers
    “The Light between Oceans,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
    “Lights Out,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer
    “Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, composers
    “The Little Prince,” Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey, composers
    “Live by Night,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
    “Loving,” David Wingo, composer
    “Maggie’s Plan,” Michael Rohatyn, composer
    “Me before You,” Craig Armstrong, composer
    “The Meddler,” Jonathan Sadoff, composer
    “Midnight Special,” David Wingo, composer
    “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” Jeff Cardoni, composer
    “Miracles from Heaven,” Carlo Siliotto, composer
    “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson, composers
    “Miss Sloane,” Max Richter, composer
    “Mr. Church,” Mark Isham, composer
    “Moana,” Mark Mancina, composer
    “Money Monster,” Dominic Lewis, composer
    “The Monkey King 2,” Christopher Young, composer
    “A Monster Calls,” Fernando Velázquez, composer
    “Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell, composer
    “Morgan,” Max Richter, composer
    “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
    “The Neon Demon,” Cliff Martinez, composer
    “The Nice Guys,” John Ottman, composer
    “No Letting Go,” Alain Mayrand, composer
    “Nocturnal Animals,” Abel Korzeniowski, composer
    “Now You See Me 2,” Brian Tyler, composer
    “O.J.: Made in America,” Gary Lionelli, composer
    “Off the Rails,” Steve Gernes and Duncan Thum, composers
    “The Other Side of the Door,” Joseph Bishara, composer
    “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” Geoff Zanelli, composer
    “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” Taylor Stewart and John Andrew Grush, composers
    “Our Kind of Traitor,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
    “Passengers,” Thomas Newman, composer
    “Paterson,” Carter Logan and Jim Jarmusch, composers
    “Patriots Day,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
    “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” A. R. Rahman, composer
    “Pete’s Dragon,” Daniel Hart, composer
    “Po,” Burt Bacharach, composer
    “Queen of Katwe,” Alex Heffes, composer
    “Race,” Rachel Portman, composer
    “The Red Turtle,” Laurent Perez Del Mar, composer
    “Ride Along 2,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Michael Giacchino, composer
    “Sausage Party,” Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz, composers
    “The Secret Life of Pets,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
    “Silicon Cowboys,” Ian Hultquist, composer
    “Sing,” Joby Talbot, composer
    “Snowtime!,” Eloi Painchaud and Jorane, composers
    “Southside with You,” Stephen James Taylor, composer
    “Star Trek Beyond,” Michael Giacchino, composer
    “Storks,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers
    “Suicide Squad,” Steven Price, composer
    “Sully,” Christian Jacob, composer
    “Swiss Army Man,” Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, composers
    “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” Steve Jablonsky, composer
    “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Bear McCreary, composer
    “10 Days in a Madhouse,” Jamie Hall, composer
    “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Lorne Balfe, composer
    “Trolls,” Christophe Beck, composer
    “20th Century Women,” Roger Neill, composer
    “Warcraft,” Ramin Djawadi, composer
    “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” Nick Urata, composer
    “X-Men: Apocalypse,” John Ottman, composer
    “Zoolander 2,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
    “Zootopia,” Michael Giacchino, composer

    http://deadline.com/2016/12/oscars-original-score-category-eligibility-list-1201870246/

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    Eddy Q
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    Arrival’s ineligibility is absurd. The pre-existing track by Max Richter is used only at the beginning and end; the rest is exclusively Jóhannsson’s work, although the score does bleed into the sound design somewhat, to great effect.

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    thatfilmgirl
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    My big wish is just to see Swiss Army Man nominated here. Sadly, I feel like that’d never happened. By far, my favourite film score of the year.

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