Wednesday, June 22, 2011

84th Oscar Original Score Updates (2011-2012 Awards Season) (6/22/11)

EDITORS NOTE: These predictions were made in June 2011 and reflect what my thinking was at that time.  I have updated my predictions since then, but leave these on the blog for a historical record. For the most updated list of predictions, go to the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog.   

Today’s rankings for the 84th Oscar Original Score race, with previous ranking shown in parenthesis after each entry.

1. Howard Shore for Hugo Cabret (Predicted Winner) (previous rank 1)
2. Ludovic Bource for The Artist (New)
3. John Williams for War Horse (previous rank 10)
4. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (previous rank 5)
5. Alexandre Desplat for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (previous rank 6)

6. John Williams for The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn (previous rank 3)
7. Howard Shore for A Dangerous Method (previous rank 7)
8. Cliff Martinez for Contagion (previous rank 4)
9. Michael Giacchino for Super 8 (previous rank 14)
10. J. Edgar (previous rank 31)
11. Hans Zimmer for Rango (previous rank 11)
12. Dario Marianelli for Jane Eyre (previous rank 15)
13. Rachel Portman for Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (New)
14. Gustavo Santaoalla for On The Road (previous rank 8)
15. Alberto Iglesias for The Skin That I Inhabit (previous rank 16)
16. James Newton Howard for Water For Elephants (previous rank 13)
17. The Chemical Brothers (Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons) for Hanna (previous rank 12)
18. Michael Giacchino for Cars 2 (previous rank 25)
19. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (New)
20. Alexandre Desplat for The Ides Of March (previous rank 29)
21. Hans Zimmer for Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows (previous rank 26)
22. Rachel Portman for One Day (previous rank 18)
23. Alberto Iglesias for Carnage (New)
24. Red Tails (New)
25. Mychael Danna for Moneyball (previous rank 20)
26. Alan Silvestri for Captain America: The First Avenger (previous rank 19)
27. Patrick Doyle for Thor (previous rank 22)
28. John Powell for Happy Feet 2 (previous rank 21)
29. Jonathan Goldsmith for Take This Waltz (previous rank 9)
30. Harry Gregson Williams for Cowboys & Aliens (previous rank 23)
31. Chris Bacon for Source Code (previous rank 17)
32. We Bought A Zoo (previous rank 28)
33. The Descendants (previous rank 30)
34. Bebo Valdes for Chico And Rita (New)
35. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (previous rank 32)
36. Mervyn Warren for Joyful Noise (New)
37. My Week With Marilyn (previous rank 27)
38. Henry Jackman for Winnie The Pooh (New)
39. Abel Korzeniowski for W.E. (previous rank 36)
40. Hans Zimmer for Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom Of Doom (previous rank 24)
41. Ilan Eshkeri for Coriolanus (New)
42. Janny Greenwood for We Need To Talk About Kevin (New)
43. John Powell for Rio (New)
44. Mark Isham for Warrior (New)
45. David Byrne and Will Oldham for This Must Be The Place (New)
46. Paul Cantelon for The Music Never Stopped (New)
47. Trevor Morris for Immortals (previous rank 33)
48. Steve Jablonsky for Transformers 3: Dark Side Of The Moon (New)
49. The Iron Lady (previous rank 35)
50. Henry Jackman for Puss In Boots (New)

As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!
See Original Score predictions for other years HERE.
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See predictions for other categories at the 84th Oscars HERE.
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  1. Really, the top rankings should go to Giacchino for Super 8, Zimmer for Rango, and perhaps Patrick Doyle for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Every composer in the top rankled section besides Howard Shore and John Williams do not deserve it... ESPECIALLY Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Hands down, their win for 2011's oscars was a mistake.


    It says 'Garry' Gregson-Williams for 'Cowboys and Aliens. It should be 'Harry'.

  2. Thanks for this! I'm still fairly new to the Oscar prediction game, so I'm still learning which former nominees and winners are mistakes and which ones are the new academy favorites.

    I saw Super 8 after having made these predictions, and agree that it will likely move up in my next round. Haven't seen Rango, but I will be seeing Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes tomorrow, so I'll listen extra closely for the music!

    My thought on The Artist was that the score might need to be extra good if it is compensating for an absence of dialogue, and that the composers might want a fresh face in the mix. But I also admit that I was probably influenced too much by the Cannes buzz.

    Thanks too for the spelling help. I try to proofread, but since I'm still learning many of these names, it's sometimes hard to know which are my own spelling mistakes and which are simply names I'm not used to. I've fixed it above.

    And thanks for checking out my blog!

  3. Score for Albert Nobbs was really subtle/clever. Saw it in Telluride.
    You should throw it in the mix. Glen Close c0- wrote the end credit song for Sinead o Connor
    John williams will win he's the master!

  4. Thanks for this great tip. I've been reading up on Albert Nobbs, but hadn't heard much about the score, so this is great to know.

    Since you've seen it, do you agree that both Close and McTeer are in the running for nominations? I'm thinking that Academy members will watch the film because of all the buzz that Close is getting, and then discover McTeer in the process (presuming that she's as good as the reviews are saying.)

    Thanks again for the tip about the score. Some of the other films on this list have come and gone since I made it, so there will definitely be room to add this in my next round!

  5. Glenn close and Janet mcteer are wonderful in Albert Nobbs.
    The movie doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but the story is great and although a couple of slow moments the lead actors will carry this to the oscars.
    Not a huge amount of music but it reminded me of a morriconi melodic type score. Also loved the tree of life.

  6. This is great to hear Aj. Thank you again!

  7. here's a link i found on youtube to a score preview of Albert Nobbs. Late out but sounds really cool!.

  8. Thanks for the link. I'm listening to it now. I've also added Lay Your Head Down to my song predictions.

  9. Just a quick note that I've updated these predictions. Find the new updates here:

    Or use the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner to find the most recent updates.