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  • FreemanGriffin
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    Will Alexandre Desplat cancel himself out with some voters opting for The Grand Budapest Hotel while others choose The Imitation Game? Will Hans Zimmer win another Oscar for Interstellar? Will the least likely nominee – Mr. Turner – be a shocking upset? Or will the Golden Globe winner, The Theory of Everyting, repeat it’s win there with one on Oscar night?

    I am predicting The Theory of Everything will take home the Oscar next month, but I do see this as a very competitive hard to predict race! Thoughts?

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    Eddy Q
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    I’d like to start by saying how delighted I was that Gary Yershon’s chamber score for Mr Turner was nominated. I really thought it stood no chance, especially as it had no precursor noms and the music branch can be exasperating (Philomena and Saving Mr Banks apparently have better scores than All Is Lost. Sure.) But now they’ve selected this gem, I might have to go easy on them. I’m not surprised to see it dead last in most predictions, and to be honest they’re probably right. But I know I’d vote for it in a second.

    At the moment I’m predicting my second favourite of the lineup, The Grand Budapest Hotel – I think this is Desplat’s year, and it’s a much showier score than Imitation Game, with flamenco guitars, organs and music boxes. It also has the advantage of having an almost constant presence throughout the film, unlike most of the other contenders. And if voters actually listen to the Karaminskaya and Moonshine in the end credits, they’ll immediately want to vote for it.

     

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    KyleBailey
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    I think Grand Budapest will win. When you listen to all of the scores back to back, Grand Budapest is the only real upbeat score and fun one while the others are a little more serious and classical. But this really is anyone’s game execpt as much as I love the Mr. Turner score I doubt that has much chance 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    ^do you guys think the voters listen to all the scores? I have TGBH in second place; perhaps I will move it up to first (:

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    ETPhoneHome
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    ^do you guys think the voters listen to all the scores? I have TGBH in second place; perhaps I will move it up to first (:

    I have to believe they listen to all the scores or watch all the films, because it would be ridiculous if they didn’t. You shouldn’t be allowed to vote in any category if you don’t see all the nominees. I say that, because they must have screeners for all of the films.
    In terms of score on its own, I agree that Mr. Turner is the most classically impressive. The Grand Budapest on the other hand is the one that was best used in its film (in my opinion). Looking at past winners, I find that ones that worked well within the film tend to win, like Gravity last year, or Life of Pi the year before. All is Lost is still a mystery to me. I don’t know how that was left off.

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    I think The Theory of Everything will win, but all the nominees are deserving so I don’t care who’s winning.

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    babypook
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    I was surprised and quite happy when Mr Turner received that nomination.

    But the Academy’s delightful love of TGBH has me guessing it’s finally Desplat’s year. After 8 kicks at the can and some wonderful compositions, I’d love to see him win for either film. I’d rather it was Grand Budapest.

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    DominicCobb
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    Interstellar is easily the best one here. But people don’t like that movie so it won’t win. 

    Budapest’s score is prominent and leaves quite an impression, so I think it’ll win.  

    Though, this might be the only place to reward Theory of Everything. 

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    24Emmy
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    I don’t remember The Grand Budapest Hotel score being anything great. What are the best tracks?

     

    I’m predicting The Theory of Everything to win score. I’ve listened to this beautiful piece several times after its Globes win — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJFjjF_YAI

     

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    babypook
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H22fZWySJ50&feature=player_detailpage

     

    Wasnt the score from TToE the front runner for the longest time?

    My own take on this is that TGBH’s score is more “fitting” for the film. The composition is definitely more complex; not that this matters with voters.

     

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    Atypical
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    I think Johann Johannsson wins as the place to award “The Theory of Everything” (unless Eddie Redmayne takes that honor instead). Alexandre Desplat needed to be nodded for his single best score to be the presumptive favorite out of this lineup. He’s certainly the most overdue, but voters don’t care about that as much in the nonmarquee categories (ask Roger Deakins and Kevin O’Connell, for starters).

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    KyleBailey
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    I don’t remember The Grand Budapest Hotel score being anything great. What are the best tracks?

     

    I’m predicting The Theory of Everything to win score. I’ve listened to this beautiful piece several times after its Globes win — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJFjjF_YAI

     

    Where do you start? I was about to write out a whole list but seriously the whole album is. 

     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    [quote=”24Emmy”]

    I don’t remember The Grand Budapest Hotel score being anything great. What are the best tracks?

     

    I’m predicting The Theory of Everything to win score. I’ve listened to this beautiful piece several times after its Globes win — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJFjjF_YAI

     

    Where do you start? I was about to write out a whole list but seriously the whole album is. 

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    What I found was that none of the tracks really stand out, but as a whole, the score propels the film forward and gives it the pace that really highlights the humour of it.

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    KyleBailey
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    All of them stand out! That’s why it’s the best score of the year. It has multiple great sections to it 

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    benbraddock
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    I think this award will finally go to DESPLAT
    for the Grand Budapest Hotel…I listened to
    both Desplat scores and The Theory of Everything
    and i think TTOE is not winning…The hans Zimmer
    INTERSTELLAR  score is excellent but I think that
    film will just win visual effects and possibly 1 sound
    category..Mr Turner score is also excellent but its
    strongest chance at an oscar is costume design.
    Seems like TGBH will do well oscar night with
    possibly 4 or 5 Oscars…

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