“The BFG” may be Steven Spielberg‘s biggest bomb in decades, but it’s also one of John Williams‘ final scores. Considering the living legend has been nominated for practically every score he’s composed this century he’s probably making the cut once again this season. Just something to keep in mind. [Nov 29]

TOP FIVE
Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”
Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, “Lion”
Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
Mica Levi, “Jackie”
John Williams, “The BFG”

ALMOST THERE
John Debney, “The Jungle Book”
Michael Giacchino, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Rupert Gregson-Williams, “Hacksaw Ridge”
James Newton Howard, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Mark Mancina, “Moana”
Alan Silvestri, “Allied”

LONGSHOTS
Lesley Barber, “Manchester by the Sea”
Michael Giacchino, “Zootopia”
Dario Marianelli, “Kubo and the Strings”
Thomas Newman, “Finding Dory”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Patriots Day”
Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer, “Hidden Figures”
Marcelo Zarvos, “Fences”

Gregory Ellwood’s Current Oscar Predictions:
Best Picture
Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Editing
Cinematography 
Production Design
Animated Feature Film
Foreign Language Film
Documentary Feature
Original Score
Original Song
Costume Design
Makeup and Hairstyling
Visual Effects
Sound Mixing
Sound Editing

  • AnonymityIsOverrated

    The soundtrack of Pete’s Dragon by Daniel Hart is quite effective and often beautiful. I’d put it in the almost there section.

    • gregoryellwood

      Probably more of a longshot. Not sure Disney is pushing that specific score.

  • cirkusfolk

    Nick Cave for Hell and High Water

    • gregoryellwood

      I think it’s tough. Likely a longshot though.

  • Jake Burbage

    What about Nocturnal Animals? Not even a long shot? Or is it ineligible for some reason…

    • gregoryellwood

      Movie is so polarizing. I love Abel, but not sure this is his moment.