Oscars Predictions: Music (Original Score) & Music (Original Song)
Music (Original Score)
Da 5 Bloods - Terence Blanchard
Mank - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Minari - Emile Mosseri
News of the World - James Newton Howard
Soul - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
And the Oscar goes to… Soul. I think this is a done deal. Soul has jazz music infused into the very fiber of the film. Double nominees this year Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have only been nominated once before this year but that turned into a win for The Social Network in 2011. I wouldn’t expect their Mank nomination to split the vote at all and I see them both taking home their second Oscar in a decade.
Upset: Minari, News of the World. James Newton Howard has been nominated 9 times now in this category and is still yet to win an Oscar. I don’t think News of the World was the awards darling that Universal wanted it to be and I think the only way it wins here is if the Academy gives Newton Howard a sympathy win. Minari is Emile Mosseri’s first Oscar nomination but it’s obvious the Academy has some strong love for the film and that could turn into an upset here. Other than Soul, the Minari score is the only one I can even remember from these 5 nominees and I think that says something about the strength of Mosseri’s work and his chances in this category.
Music (Original Song)
“Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: the Story of the Fire Saga
“lo sì (Seen)” - from The Life Ahead
“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
And the Oscar goes to… “Speak Now”. This is one of the most bizarre collections of nominees I have ever seen in this category. Nothing remotely memorable or even trying to be. I think this category needs some serious work and if the performances of these songs weren’t such a big part of the telecast I’d be ready to cut this category completely, or at least change it somewhat. Personal feelings about the award aside, my pick here is the song from best supporting actor nominee, Leslie Odom Jr. There is no real logic to past winners here, it’s generally just the most memorable song or the one with the biggest name attached to it. “Speak Now” is my choice.
Upset: “lo sì (Seen)”. This was the Golden Globe winner, and marks the 12th Oscar nomination for songwriter Dianna Warren dating all the way back to 1988 and the film Mannequin. Golden Globe wins don’t always guarantee an Oscar win, with only 6 of the last 8 Globe winners going on to win at the Oscars, and Warren’s last Globe nomination in 2011 not even getting nominated. I would enjoy seeing Warren finally receive Oscar recognition for all of her incredible work over the years but I don’t think this is the year she accomplishes that.
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