Saturday, April 17, 2021

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Original Score

The competition: Da 5 Bloods (Terence Blanchard), Mank (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Minari (Emile Mosseri), News of the World (James Newton Howard), and Soul (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste)

Previous winners: Joker, Black Panther, The Shape of Water, La La Land, The Hateful Eight, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gravity
My winner: Coming soon!
The facts: Blanchard was nominated for his last collaboration with Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman,” in 2018. Double nominees Reznor and Ross won this prize in 2010 for another David Fincher film, “The Social Network.” Howard has eight previous nominations, two of which are for songs. His most recent bids were in 2008 for “Defiance,” 2007 for “Michael Clayton,” and 2004 for “The Village.” This is the first nomination for Mosseri and Batiste. The most recent double nomination in this category was in 2014, when Alexandre Desplat beat himself. That doesn’t tend to happen, as John Williams, who achieved two score bids in one year eight times and won on only one of those occasions. The last animated film to win this prize was “Up” in 2009, the first time that happened since the 1990s domination of classics like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.” In the past two decades, this award has gone to a film not nominated for Best Picture only twice. At the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, “News of the World” beat “Da 5 Bloods” and “Mank,” while both “Minari” and “Soul” each claimed separate prizes. “Soul” won at the Golden Globes and BAFTA.
Who should win: I would have said “Tenet,” but of course that isn’t nominated. I think I’d choose “News of the World,” but they’re all good choices and I don’t have a strong preference.
Who will win: This looks like it’s all set to go to Soul.

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