Oscar Predictions: Best Score

While two Oscar champs and a multiple nominee contend for Best Score, the frontrunner for the award is rookie contender Ludovic Bource who composed the music heard throughout “The Artist.” He has already won over the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, and European Film Awards. No dialogue in the picture meant an even greater emphasis on the music. 

John Williams was nominated for both “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin” bringing his career total to 47 bids (that is 12 behind record holder Walt Disney). Three of his five Oscar wins were for other Steven Spielberg movies: “Jaws” (1975), “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” (1982), and “Schindler’s List” (1993). His other two wins were for “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971) and “Star War” (1977). 


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Howard Shore, who contends for “Hugo,” went three for three with his nominations for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy winning Best Score for “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and “The Return of the King” (2003) and Best Original Song for “Into the West” from “The Return of the King.” 

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is the third Oscar bid by Alberto Iglesias. His first nomination was for another John le Carre adaptation, “The Constant Gardener” (2005) and he contended in 2007 for “The Kite Runner.”

Click on the pundits below to see a breakdown of their rankings in this race.

Click on each of the categories below for the overview of that race.

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Adapted Scr.   Original Scr. Art Direction Cinematography Costumes Editing
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