While last year saw an impressive group of first-time nominees making up the majority of the Best Score category at the Oscars, this year is reversed and more representative of what normally happens. Usually nominated are the established composers and that is the case this year with four big names competing alongside an overdue newcomer. Below, check out my analysis of this year’s five nominees and then make your prediction for who YOU think will win Best Score.
Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat is the frontrunner with 1/4 odds for the fantasy drama “The Shape of Water,” which is the nominations leader this year with 13. Having already swept at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and BAFTA, Desplat is projected to take home his second Oscar after winning in 2015 for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” In a webchat with Gold Derby’s Zach Laws, Desplat discusses how his composition is key in giving the main characters, Eliza and the monster, their voices.
After being ineligible for “There Will Be Blood,” Grammy winner Jonny Greenwood is nominated for his first Oscar for the fashion period drama “Phantom Thread.” This is the fourth film Greenwood has scored for director Paul Thomas Anderson. In an interview with our sister site Variety, Greenwood discusses how the music of the 1950s was an influence on the score. The rock legend is currently ranked second with 10/1 odds to win. If he were to win, it would be the fourth time that the award went to a composer with a rock background.
With two acclaimed scores in contention this year, Hans Zimmer received his 11th nomination for the WWII epic “Dunkirk.” The nomination is also his third for a scoring a Christopher Nolan film. In a webchat with Gold Derby’s Rob Licuria, this Oscar winner for “The Lion King” (1994) discusses how Nolan pushed him to composed his most intricate score to date. Zimmer is currently ranked third in our combined rankings with 12/1 odds.
With over 100 film credits to his name, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is surprisingly Carter Burwell’s second career nomination. He received his first nomination two years ago for “Carol.” Burwell is currently ranked fourth with 50/1 odds. In an interview with our sister site IndieWire, Burwell discusses how using the themes of death, loss and war created the western inspired score.
Five-time Oscar champ John Williams had two scores in the conversation this year with “The Post” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Many were predicting he would score his record-breaking 51st nomination for the former, but it was for the latter. This is his fifth nomination for the “Star Wars” franchise. Currently ranked in last place with 66/1 odds, if he were to upset it would be 40 years since he prevailed for “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”
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