Saturday, January 14, 2012

84th Oscar Original Score Updates (1/14/12)

A few weeks ago the Academy released a list of 97 films that are eligible for this year’s original score race. Of the 50 films that I had on my previous long list, 33 of them made the cut, and if you count one film that I had previously listed in the 85th Oscar race (The Flowers of War), that gives me a track record of 67%. The rest of my predictions had been made up of films that apparently didn’t have sufficient original content, were pushed into next year, or were penned by Hans Zimmer, who took himself out of the race this year. You can see how I am doing in the other races on my Track Record Page.

Here are today’s rankings for the 84th Oscar Original Score race, with previous ranking shown in parenthesis after each entry. It has been a while since I updated this category, but interestingly my top 5 nominees have not changed, although I admit that I am less certain about that fifth spot. Additionally, whatever you may have heard about Simon & Garfunkel composing the Sound Of Silence, we all know that nobody does this better than Ludovic Bource.

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

6. John Williams for The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (previous rank 6)
7. Alexandre Desplat for Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (previous rank 19)
8. Alberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (previous rank 35)
9. Tom Rowlands for Hanna (previous rank 17)
10. Dario Marianelli for Jane Eyre (previous rank 12)
11. Michael Giacchino for Super 8 (previous rank 9)
12. Alexandre Desplat for The Ides Of March (previous rank 20)
13. Thomas Newman for The Help (New)
14. Alberto Iglesias for The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) (previous rank 15)
15. Ouseppachan for DAM999 (New)
16. Cliff Martinez for Contagion (previous rank 8)
17. Abel Korzeniowski for W.E. (previous rank 39)
18. Harry Escott for Shame (New)
19. Mychael Danna for Moneyball (previous rank 25)
20. James Newton Howard for Water For Elephants (previous rank 16)
21. Patrick Doyle for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (New)
22. Qigang Chen for The Flowers Of War (Jin Li Shi San Chai) (previously listed in 85th Oscar race, rank 15)
23. Alan Silvestri for Captain America: The First Avenger (previous rank 26)
24. Rachel Portman for One Day (previous rank 22)
25. Thomas Newman for The Iron Lady (previous rank 49)

26. Jon Thor Birgisson for We Bought A Zoo (previous rank 32)
27. Jonny Greenwood for We Need To Talk About Kevin (previous rank 42)
28. Mark Isham for Warrior (previous rank 44)
29. Clint Eastwood for J. Edgar (previous rank 10)
30. Brian Tyler for Fast Five (New)
31. John Powell for Happy Feet 2 (previous rank 28)
32. John Powell for Rio (previous rank 43)
33. Gabriel Yared for In The Land Of Blood And Honey (New)
34. Michael Giacchino for Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol (New)
35. Alex Heffes for The First Grader (New)
36. Rachel Portman for Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (previous rank 13)
37. Trevor Morris for Immortals (previous rank 47)
38. Nico Muhly for Margaret (New)
39. Henry Jackman for Winnie The Pooh (previous rank 38)
40. Michael Giacchino for Cars 2 (previous rank 18)
41. Ilan Eshkeri for Coriolanus (previous rank 41)
42. Brian Byrne for Albert Nobbs (New)
43. Patrick Doyle for Thor (previous rank 27)
44. Thomas Newman for The Adjustment Bureau (New)
45. Nicholas Hooper for African Cats (New)
46. Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser for Anonymous (New)
47. Thomas Newman for The Debt (New)
48. Henry Jackman for Puss In Boots (previous rank 50)
49. Eric Serra for The Lady (New)
50. David Wingo for Take Shelter (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.
Like words with your music? Check out the Original Song predictions.
See predictions for other categories at the 84th Oscars HERE.
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  1. I too think it will be The Artist, War Horse, Hugo, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and a Desplat score. However, i think Desplat is getting in for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This seems to be a category where failed Oscar Bait does well.

  2. @Ryan, You are probably right about that. I listened to parts of the ELAIC score online (the free version that just has the first few seconds of each song) and wasn't that impressed, but if it fits with the tone of the movie I guess I can see it.

    But I'm still hoping for Harry Potter to beat the odds and get a nomination here.

  3. I'm hoping for Harry Potter to win it lol. Desplat did an absolutely fantastic job with the last two movies.

  4. @Castor, I'd love to see Harry Potter win, but actually predicting that would make me lose all credibility, LOL! As it is, the nomination is already my long-shot choice, although I think still a reasonable one.

  5. I'd kill to see Harry Escot get nominated. Best score I've heard in years.

    Great write-up!

  6. @Alex, Yeah, the Shame score was pretty amazing. Unfortuntately, I expect the Academy to stick to some big budget productions and the usual names.

  7. Your first four predictions have been constantly nominated for several critic's awards and I'm sure they will be among the five nominees at next Academy Awards. And Desplat score for Harry Potter was nominated for the Grammy, so I also think he still stands a chance.

  8. @Clovis, I agree and feel pretty confident about the first four for exactly the reasons you give. Desplat makes me a little more nervous, but I'm allowing myself to hold out hope for a little bit longer.

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