“La La Land” was released in 2016, and its composer Justin Hurwitz won the Oscar for Best Original Score last year, but he wasn’t nominated at the Grammys until 2018 because of the differing eligibility periods. The recording academy honors musical achievements from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017, so the current Grammy lineup includes some of the top music contenders from last year’s Oscar race, plus one of the composers in this year’s Oscar conversation. There’s even a TV score in the mix (“Game of Thrones”) since the Grammys honor composers from all forms of visual media. But the Expert journalists we’ve polled think this race will come down to last year’s Oscar winner Hurwitz vs. this year’s potential Oscar winner, Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk”).
Three of our four Experts predict a win for Hurwitz: Edna Gundersen (Gold Derby), Adnan Virk (ESPN), and Chris Willman (Gold Derby). Hurwitz has never won a Grammy before, but he has four nominations this year, also including Best Visual Media Song (“City of Stars”), Best Visual Media Compilation, and Best Arrangement (“Another Day of Sun”). He was even nominated for Best Visual Media Score in 2016 for “Whiplash,” which wasn’t even ruled eligible at the Oscars.
But Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music) thinks Zimmer will win for “Dunkirk” on his way to a potential Oscar victory this year. Zimmer actually has two chances to win this Grammy as he is also one of the composers of the “Hidden Figures” score along with Benjamin Wallfisch and Pharrell Williams. But according to our Experts and our overall odds, “Dunkirk” is his much stronger bet for a victory, and though Zimmer doesn’t have as many noms this year as Hurwitz, he’s long been a favorite of the Grammys.
Zimmer has won four Grammys — compared to the Oscars, where he has only won once (Best Score for 1994’s “The Lion King”). He claimed Best Visual Media Score twice before, in 1996 for “Crimson Tide” and in 2009 for “The Dark Knight.” His two other awards were for “The Lion King” in 1995: Best Musical Album for Children and Best Arrangement for “Circle of Life.” So will he add a fifth trophy to his collection, or will Hurwitz prevail on his way to a possible “La La Land” sweep?
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