Thursday, January 15, 2015

Oscar Nominees: Best Original Score

My predictions: 2/5, picking only “The Imitation Game” and “Interstellar”
My ballot: Come back in February!
The nominees: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Mr. Turner, The Theory of Everything

My predictions here weren’t terrific, but I’m not too surprised by the nominees. Three selections from the Golden Globes – Best Picture nominees “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything,” and tech-honored “Interstellar” – are here, joined by “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which was nominated everywhere. I need to listen to the soundtrack again since I don’t remember finding it as charming as “Moonrise Kingdom” from a few years ago. I also need to tune back in to “Mr. Turner,” which I saw a long time ago and interestingly ended up here (it’s also composer Gary Yershon’s first nomination, so it’s not as if he’s a known quantity). Alexandre Desplat, after amassing six nominations in the past nine years, finally pulled off the feat of becoming a double nominee, contending for both “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game,” contending against previous winner Hans Zimmer, who earns his tenth nod this year, and two newbies.

My current bet to win: Now I’m thinking that Golden Globe pick The Theory of Everything will score here too.

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