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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

The music branch loves to nominate their familiar players and Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat is likely to be in the mix again with his work in “The Midnight Sky,” probably one of his best works yet. Thomas Newman has managed nominations, even when many counted him out (i.e. “Passengers”) and with HBO Max likely dropping Steven Soderbergh’s “Let Them All Talk” in the voting window, he could be in the conversation again. With 15 nominations and no Oscar yet, perhaps “The Little Things” could also help Newman.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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George Clooney in “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) Photo courtesy of Netflix

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Mank" (Netflix)
    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

  2. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)
    Alexandre Desplat

  3. "Soul" (Pixar)
    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

  4. "Minari" (A24)
    Emile Mosseri

  5. "The Life Ahead" (Netflix)
    Gabriel Yared

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Chadwick Boseman in “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) Photo courtesy of Netflix

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)
    Mark Isham, Craig Harris

  2. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    James Newton Howard

  3. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Ludwig Göransson

  4. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
    Terence Blanchard

  5. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Netflix)
    Daniel Pemberton

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Netflix’s “Over the Moon” Courtesy of Netflix

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Pieces of a Woman" (Netflix)
    Howard Shore

  2. "Let Them All Talk" (HBO Max)
    Thomas Newman

  3. "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures)
    Benjamin Wallfisch

  4. "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
    Kris Bowers

  5. "Over the Moon" (Netflix)
    Steven Price

  6. "Ammonite" (Neon)
    Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O'Halloran

  7. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)
    Terence Blanchard

  8. "Mulan" (Disney Plus)
    Harry Gregson-Williams

  9. "Cherry" (Apple TV Plus)
    Henry Jackman

  10. "Sound of Metal" (Amazon Studios)
    Nicolas Becker, Abraham Marder

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Harrison Ford in “The Call of the Wild” (20th Century Studios) Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions)
    Elliot Goldenthal

  2. "Emma." (Focus Features)
    David Schweitzer, Isobel Waller-Bridge

  3. "Onward" (Pixar)
    Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

  4. "The Call of the Wild" (20th Century Studios)
    John Powell

  5. "The White Tiger" (Netflix)
    Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans

  6. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Christopher Willis

  7. "Shirley" (Neon)
    Tamar-kali

  8. "Supernova" (Bleecker Street)
    Keaton Henson

  9. "The Maurtanian" (STX Films)
    TBA

  10. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)
    David Fleming, Hans Zimmer

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Charm City Kings Sony Pictures Classics

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "All my Life" (Universal Pictures) – Lisbeth Scott
  • "An American Pickle" (HBO Max) – Nami Melumad
  • "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures) – Javier Navarette
  • "Arkansas" (Lionsgate) – Devendra Banhart
  • "The Assistant" (Bleecker Street) – Tamar-kali
  • "Bad Hair" (Hulu) – Kris Bowers
  • "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn" (Warner Bros.) – Daniel Pemberton
  • "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" (Amazon Studios) – Erran Baron Cohen
  • "Charm City Kings" (HBO Max) – Alex Somers
  • "The Cuban" (Brainstorm Media) – Hilario Duran
  • "First Cow" (A24) – William Tyler
  • "The Forty-Year-Old Version" (Netflix) – Guy C. Routte
  • "Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus) – Blake Neely
  • "Herself" (Amazon Studios) – Natalie Holt
  • "I Carry You With Me" (Sony Pictures Classics) – Jay Wadley
  • "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix) – Jay Wadley
  • "I'm Your Woman" (Amazon Studios) – Aska Matsumiya
  • "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" (Netflix) – John Debney
  • "Joe Bell" (Solstice Studios) – Antonio Pinto†
  • "John Lewis: Good Trouble" (Magnolia Pictures) – Tamar-kali
  • "The King of Staten Island" (Universal Pictures) – Matthew Compton
  • "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix) – Brandon Marsalis
  • "The Nest" (IFC Films) – Richard Reed Parry
  • "Nine Days" (Sony Pictures Classics) – Antonio Pinto
  • "On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus) – Phoenix
  • "The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment) – Larry Groupé
  • "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon) – Matthew Compton
  • "Project Power" (Netflix) – Joseph Trapanese
  • "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features) – Anthony Willis
  • "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios) – Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine
  • "Wendy" (Searchlight Pictures) – Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
  • "Wild Mountain Thyme" (Bleecker Street) – Amelia Warner
  • "The Witches" (HBO Max) – Alan Silvestri
  • "Wolfwalkers" (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS) – Bruno Coulais, Kíla
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" (Warner Bros.) – Hans Zimmer
  • "The World to Come" (Bleecker Street) – Daniel Blumberg

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded composer of all-time is Alfred Newman who netted 9 statues over 41 nominations but the great John Williams has the most nominations with 47 with 5 wins. The most nominated composers without a win are Thomas Newman, son of Alfred and the late Alex North with 14 each. North did receive an Honorary Oscar in 1986.

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