Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Original Score

The competition:
Dune was composed by Hans Zimmer, marking his fourteenth nomination. He won in 1994 for “The Lion King” and in 2000 for “Gladiator.” This is his second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve after “Blade Runner 2049.” His film is also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.

Encanto was composed by Germaine Franco. This is her first nomination and her first collaboration with directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush. Her film is also nominated for Best Animated Film and Best Song.

The French Dispatch was composed by Alexandre Desplat, marking his fifth collaboration with director Wes Anderson. He was nominated last year for “The Midnight Sky,” in 2019 for “Little Women,” in 2018 for “Isle of Dogs,” and won in 2017 for “The Shape of Water.” He has eight other previous nominations, including another win, for “The Painted Veil” for 2006. This is the only nomination for his film.

Parallel Mothers was composed by Alberto Iglesias, marking his twelfth collaboration with director Pedro Almodóvar. He was previously nominated for “The Kite Runner” in 2007. His film is also nominated for Best Non-English Language Film.

The Power of the Dog was composed by Jonny Greenwood. He was previously nominated for “Phantom Thread” in 2017. This is his first collaboration with director Jane Campion. His film is tied as the nominations leader.

Additional notes: The winner of this award has gone on to win the corresponding Oscar eleven times in the past fifteen years, failing to receive a nomination just three times. All five of these scores made the fifteen-wide finalist list for this year’s Oscar category.
What should win? I think “Dune” and “The Power of the Dog” made the strongest impressions on me, though I also distinctly remember hearing and liking “Parallel Mothers” in its opening moments.
What will win? I think Dune wins this.

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