Oscars 2018 Category Breakdown: Best Original Score

So what we do here each year as a warm up for the Oscars is, I break down each of the 24 categories. The idea is to both familiarize everyone with the category and its history. I look at what the major trends are throughout the past bunch of years, how the precursors tend to go, whether they matter or not, that sort of stuff. I look at how the category came to be this year, and just anything else that seems totally pertinent about it. Then I rank each of the nominees and tell you what their likelihood (at this particular moment in time) of winning is.

This is all prelude to my giant Oscar ballot that I’m gonna give you. But I figure, if you have these as the warmup, it’s not as intimidating. You’ll have seen a lot of the pertinent trends here and we’ll all be able to reference these as a sort of cheat sheet. Plus it shows you where my head is at for how I think each of the categories are gonna go, and you can see me working my way up to all the bad decisions I usually make while guessing. Pretty much, with this, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how the category is gonna turn out.

Today is Best Original Score. The most sensuous of the categories. The “Let’s put on the Quiet Place soundtrack and chill” category. Happy Valentine’s Day, folks.

Year Best Original Score Winners Other Nominees
1934 One Night of Love The Gay Divorcee

The Lost Patrol

1935 The Informer Captain Blood

Mutiny on the Bounty

Peter Ibbetson

1936 Anthony Adverse The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Garden of Allah

The General Died at Dawn


1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl The Hurricane

In Old Chicago

The Life of Emile Zola

Lost Horizon

Make a Wish


Portia on Trial

The Prisoner of Zenda

Quality Street

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Something to Sing About

Souls at Sea

Way Out West

1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood Army Girl



Breaking the Ice

The Cowboy and the Lady

If I Were King

Marie Antoinette

Pacific Liner


The Young in Heart

1939 Original: The Wizard of Oz

Scoring: Stagecoach

Original: Dark Victory

Eternally Yours

Golden Boy

Gone With the Wins

Gulliver’s Travels

The Man in the Iron Mask

Man of Conquest

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Nurse Edith Cavell

Of Mice and Men

The Rains Came

Wuthering Heights

Scoring: Babes in Arms

1940 Original Score: Pinocchio

Scoring: Tin Pan Alley

Original Score: Arizona

The Dark Command

The Fight for Life

The Great Dictator

The Howards of Virginia

The Letter

The Long Voyage Home

The Mark of Zorro

My Favorite Wife

North West Mounted Police

One Million B.C.

Our Town


The Thief of Bagdad

Waterloo Bridge

Scoring: Arise, My Love

Hit Parade of 1941


Our Town

The Sea Hawk

Second Chorus

Spring Parade

Strike Up the Band

1941 Dramatic: The Devil and Daniel Webster

Musical: Dumbo

Dramatic: Back Street

Ball of Fire

Cheers for Miss Bishop

Citizen Kane

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Hold Back the Dawn

How Green Was My Valley

King of the Zombies

Ladies in Retirement

The Little Foxes


Mercy Island

Sergeant York

So Ends Our Night



Tanks a Million

That Uncertain Feeling

This Woman is Mine

Musical: All-American Co-Ed

Birth of the Blues

Buck Privates

The Chocolate Soldier


The Strawberry Blonde

Sun Valley Serenade


You’ll Never Get Rich

1942 Dramatic or Comedy: Now, Voyager

Musical: Yankee Doodle Dandy

Dramatic or Comedy: Arabian Knights


The Black Swan

The Corsican Brothers

Flying Tigers

The Gold Rush

I Married a Witch

Joan of Paris

Jungle Book

Klondike Fury

The Pride of the Yankees

Random Harvest

The Shanghai Gesture

Silver Queen

Take a Letter, Darling

The Talk of the town

To Be or Not to Be

Musical: Flying with Music

For Me and My Gal

Holiday Inn

It Started with Eve

Johnny Doughboy

My Gal Sal

You Were Never Lovelier

1943 Dramatic or Comedy: The Song of Bernadette

Musical: This Is the Army

Dramatic or Comedy: The Amazing Mrs. Holliday


Commandos Strike at Dawn

The Fallen Sparrow

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hangmen Also Die

Hi Diddle Diddle

In Old Oklahoma

Johnny Come Lately

The Kansan

Lady of Burlseque

Madame Curie

The Moon and Sixpence

The North Star

Victory Through Air Power

Musical: Coney Island

Hit Parade of 1943

Phantom o the Opera

Saludos Amigos

The Sky’s the Limit

Something to Shout About

Stage Door Canteen

Star Spangled Rhythm

Thousands Cheer

1944 Dramatic or Comedy: Since You Went Away

Musical: Cover Girl

Dramatic or Comedy: Address Unknown

The Adventures of Mark Twain

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Casanova Brown

Christmas Holiday

Double Indemnity

The Fighting Seabees

The Hairy Ape

It Happened Tomorrow

Jack London


None but the Lonely Heart

The Princess and the Pirate

Summer Storm

Three Russian Girls

Up in Mabel’s Room

Voice in the Wind


Woman of the Town

Musical: Brazil

Higher and Higher

Hollywood Canteen

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Knickerbocker Holiday

Lady in the Dark

Lady, Let’s Dance

Meet Me in St. Louis

The Merry Monahans

Minstrel Man

Sensations of 1945

Song o the Open Road

Up in Arms

1945 Dramatic or Comedy: Spellbound

Musical: Anchors Aweigh

Dramatic or Comedy: The Bells of St. Mary’s

Brewster’s Millions

Captain Kidd

The Enchanted Cottage

Flame of Barbary Coast

G.I. Honeymoon

The Story of G.I. Joe

Guest in the House

Guest Wife

The Keys of the Kingdom

The Lost Weekend

Love Letters

The Man Who Walked Alone

Objective, Burma!


A Song to Remember

The Southerner

This Love of Ours

The Valley of Decision

The Woman in the Window

Musical: Belle of the Yukon

Can’t Help Singing

Hitchhike to Happiness

Incendiary Blonde

Rhapsody in Blue

State Fair

Sunbonnet Sue

The Three Caballeros

Tonight and Every night

Why Girls Leave Home

Wonder Man

1946 Dramatic or Comedy: The Best Years of Our Lives

Musical: The Jolson Story

Dramatic or Comedy: Anna and the King of Siam

Henry V


The Killers

Musical: Blue Skies

Centennial Summer

The Harvey Girls

Night and Day

1947 Dramatic or Comedy: A Double Life

Musical: Mother Wore Tights

Dramatic or Comedy: The Bishop’s Wife

Captain from Castile

Forever Amber

Life with Father

Musical: Fiesta

My Wild Irish Rose

Road to Rio

Song of the South

1948 Dramatic or Comedy: The Red Shoes

Musical: Easter Parade

Dramatic or Comedy: Hamlet

Joan of Arc

Johnny Belinda

The Snake Pit

Musical: The Emperor Waltz

The Pirate

Romance on the High Seas

When My Baby Smiles at Me

1949 Dramatic or Comedy: The Heiress

Musical: On the Town

Dramatic or Comedy: Beyond the Forest


Musical: Jolson Sings Again

Look for the Silver Lining

1950 Dramatic or Comedy: Sunset Boulevard

Musical: Annie Get Your Gun

Dramatic or Comedy: All About Eve

The Flame and the Arros

No Sad Songs for Me

Samson and Delilah

Musical: Cinderella

I’ll Get By

Three Little Words

The West Point Story

1951 Dramatic or Comedy: A Place in the Sun

Musical: An American in Paris

Dramatic or Comedy: David and Bathsheba

Death of a Salesman

Quo Vadis

A Streetcar Named Desire

Musical: Alice in Wonderland

The Great Caruso

On the Riviera

Show Boat

1952 Dramatic or Comedy: High Noon

Musical: With a Song in My Heart

Dramatic or Comedy: Ivanhoe

The Miracle of Oour Lady of Fantima

The Thief

Viva Zapata!

Musical: Hans Christian Anderson

The Jazz Singer

The Medium

Singin’ in the Rain

1953 Dramatic or Comedy: Lili

Musical: Call Me Madam

Dramatic or Comedy: Above and Beyond

From Here to Eternity

Julius Caesar

This is Cinerama

Musical: The Band Wagon

Calamity Jane

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Kiss Me Kate

1954 Dramatic or Comedy: The High and the Mighty

Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Dramatic or Comedy: The Caine Mutiny


On the Waterfront

The Silver Chalice

Musical: Carmen Jones

The Glenn Miller Story

A Star is Born

There’s No Business Like Show Business

1955 Dramatic or Comedy: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

Musical: Oklahoma!

Dramatic or Comedy: Battle Cry

The Man with the Golden Arm


The Rose Tattoo

Musical: Daddy Long Legs

Guys and Dolls

It’s Always Fair Weather

Love Me or Leave Me

1956 Dramatic or Comedy: Around the World in 80 Days

Musical: The King and I

Dramatic or Comedy: Anastasia

Between Heaven and Hell


The Rainmaer

Musical: The Best Things in Life Are Free

The Eddy Duchin Story

High Society

Meet Me in Las Vegas

1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai An Affair to Remember

Boy on a Dolphin


Raintree County

1958 Dramatic or Comedy: The Old Man and the Sea

Musical: Gigi

Dramatic or Comedy: The Big Country

Separate Tables

White Wilderness

The Young Lions

Musical: The Bolshoi Ballet

Damn Tankees

Mardi Gras

South Pacific

1959 Dramatic or Comedy: Ben-Hur

Musical: Porgy and Bess

Dramatic or Comedy: The Diary of Anne Frank

The Nun’s Story

On the Beach

Pillow Talk

Musical: The Five Pennies

Li’l Abner

Say One for Me

Sleeping Beauty

1960 Dramatic or Comedy: Exodus

Musical: Song without End (The Story of Franz Liszt)

Dramatic or Comedy: The Alamo

Elmer Gantry

The Magnificent Seven


Musical: Bells Are Ringing


Let’s Make Love


1961 Dramatic or Comedy: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Musical: West Side Story

Dramatic or Comedy: El Cid


The Guns of Navarone

Summer and Smoke

Musical: Babes in Toyland

Flower Drum Song


Paris Blues

1962 Original: Lawrence of Arabia

Music-adaptation or treatment: The Music Man

Original: Freud

Mutiny on the Bounty

Taras Bulba

To Kill a Mockingbird

Music-adaptation or treatment: Billy Rose’s Jumbo



The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

1963 Original: Tom Jones

Music-adaptation or treatment: Irma la Douce

Original: Cleopatra

55 Days at Peking

How the West Was Won

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Music-adaptation or treatment: Bye Bye Birdie

A New Kind of Love

Sundays and Cybele

The Sword in the Stone

1964 Original: Mary Poppins

Music-adaptation or treatment: My Fair Lady

Original: Becket

The Fall of the Roman Empire

Hugh… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

The Pink Panther

Music-adaptation or treatment: A Hard Day’s Night

Mary Poppins

Robin and the 7 Hoods

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

1965 Original: Doctor Zhivago

Music-adaptation or treatment: The Sound of Music

Original: The Agony and the Ecstasy

The Greatest Story Ever Told

A Patch of Blue

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Music-adaptation or treatment: Cat Ballou

The Pleasure Seekers

A Thousand Clowns

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1966 Original: Born Free

Music-adaptation or treatment: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Original: The Bible: In the Beginning


The Sand Pebbles

Who’s Afraid of the Virginia Woolf?

Music-adaptation or treatment: The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Return of the Seven

The Singing Nun

Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

1967 Original: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Music-adaptation or treatment: Camelot

Original: Cool Hand Luke

Doctor Dolittle

Far from the Madding Crowd

In Cold Blood

Music-adaptation or treatment: Doctor Dolittle

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Valley of the Dolls

1968 Original: The Lion in Winter

Musical: Oliver!

Original: The Fox

Planet of the Apes

The Shoes of the Fisherman

The Thomas Crown Affair

Musical: Finian’s Rainbow

Funny Girl


The Young Girls of Rochefort

1969 Original: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Musical: Hello, Dolly!

Original: Anne of the Thousand Days

The Reivers

The Secret of Santa Vittoria

The Wild Bunch

Musical: Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Paint Your Wagon

Sweet Charity

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

1970 Original: Love Story

Original Song Score: Let It Be

Original: Airport



I Girasoli

Original Song Score: The Baby Maker

A Boy Named Charlie Brown

Darling Lili


1971 Dramatic: Summer of ‘42

Song Score and Adaptation: Fiddler on the Roof

Dramatic: Mary, Queen of Scots

Nicholas and Alexandra


Straw Dogs

Song Score and Adaptation: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The Boy Friend


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

1972 Dramatic: Limelight

Song Score and Adaptation: Cabaret

Dramatic: The Godfather (nomination withdrawn)


Napoleon and Samantha

The Poseidon Adventure


Song Score and Adaptation: Lady Sings the Blues

Man of La Mancha

1973 Dramatic: The Way We Were

Song Score and Adaptation: The Sting

Dramatic: Cinderella Liberty

The Day of the Dolphin


A Touch of Class

Song Score and Adaptation: Jesus Christ Superstar

Tom Sawyer

1974 Dramatic: The Godfather Part II

Song Score and Adaptation: The Great Gatsby

Dramatic: Chinatown

Murder on the Orient Express


The Towering Inferno

Song Score and Adaptation: The Little Prince

Phantom of the Paradise

1975 Dramatic: Jaws

Song Score and Adaptation: Barry Lyndon

Dramatic: Birds Do It, Bees Do It

Bite the Bullet

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The Wind and the Lion

Song Score and Adaptation: Funny Lady


1976 Dramatic: The Omen

Song Score and Adaptation: Bound for Glory

Dramatic: Obsession

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Taxi Driver

Voyage of the Damned

Song Score and Adaptation: Bugsy Malone

A Star is Born

1977 Dramatic: Star Wars

Song Score and Adaptation: A Little Night Music

Dramatic: Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Mohammad, Messenger of God

The Spy Who Loved Me

Song Score and Adaptation: Pete’s Dragon

The Slipper and the Rose

1978 Original: Midnight Express

Adaptation: The Buddy Holly Story

Original: The Boys from Brazil

Days of Heaven

Heaven Can Wait


Adaptation: Pretty Baby

The Wiz

1979 Dramatic: A Little Romance

Song Score and Adaptation: All That Jazz

Dramatic: The Amityville Horror

The Champ

Star Trek: The Motion Picture


Song Score and Adaptation: Breaking Away

The Muppet Movie

1980 Fame Altered States

The Elephant Man

The Empire Strikes Back


1981 Chariots of Fire Dragonslayer

On Golden Pond


Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982 Original: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Song Score and Adaptation: Victor Victoria

Dramatic: Gandhi

An Officer and a Gentleman


Sophie’s Choice

Song Score and Adaptation: Annie

One from the Heart

1983 Original: The Right Stuff

Song Score and Adaptation: Yentl

Dramatic: Cross Creek

Return of the Jedi

Terms of Endearment

Under Fire

Song Score and Adaptation: The Sting II

Trading Places

1984 Dramatic: A Passage to India

Song Score: Purple Rain

Dramatic: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Natural

The River

Under the Volcano

Song Score: The Muppets Take Manhattan


1985 Out of Africa Agnes of God

The Color Purple



1986 Round Midnight Aliens


The Mission

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

1987 The Last Emperor Cry Freedom

Empire of the Sun

The Untouchables

The Witches of Eastwick

1988 The Milagro Beanfield War The Accidental Tourist

Dangerous Liaisons

Gorillas in the Mist

Rain Man

1989 The Little Mermaid Born on the Fourth of July

The Fabulous Baker Boys

Field of Dreams

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1990 Dances with Wolves Avalon



Home Alone

1991 Beauty and the Beast Bugsy

The Fisher King


The Prince of Tides

1992 Aladdin Basic Instinct


Howards End

A River Runs Through It

1993 Schindler’s List The Age of Innocence

The Firm

The Fugitive

The Remains of the Day

1994 The Lion King Forrest Gump

Interview with the Vampire

Little Women

The Shawshank Redemption

1995 Dramatic: Il Postino

Musical or Comedy: Pocahontas

Dramatic: Apollo 13



Sense and Sensibility

Musical or Comedy: The American President


Toy Story

Unstrung Heroes

1996 Dramatic: The English Patient

Musical or Comedy: Emma

Dramatic: Hamlet

Michael Collins



Musical or Comedy: The First Wives Club

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

James and the Giant Peach

The Preacher’s Wife

1997 Dramatic: Titanic

Musical or Comedy: The Fully Monty

Dramatic: Amistad

Good Will Hunting


L.A. Confidential

Musical or Comedy: Anastasia

As Good As It Gets

Men in Black

My Best Friend’s Wedding

1998 Dramatic: Life is Beautiful

Musical or Comedy: Shakespeare in Love

Dramatic: Elizabeth


Saving Private Ryan

The Thin Red Line

Musical or Comedy: A Bug’s Life


Patch Adams

The Prince of Egypt

1999 The Red Violin American Beauty

Angela’s Ashes

The Cider House Rules

The Talented Mr. Ripley

2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Chocolat



The Patriot

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

A Beautiful Mind

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Monsters, Inc.

2002 Frida Catch Me If You Can

Far from Heaven

The Hours

Road to Perdition

2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Big Fish

Cold Mountain

Finding Nemo

House of Sand and Fog

2004 Finding Neverland Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events

The Passion of the Christ

The Village

2005 Brokeback Mountain The Constant Gardener

Memoirs of a Geisha


Pride and Prejudice

2006 Babel The Good German

Notes on a Scandal

Pan’s Labyrinth

The Queen

2007 Atonement 3:10 to Yuma

The Kite Runner

Michael Clayton


2008 Slumdog Millionaire The Curious Case of Benjamin Button




2009 Up Avatar

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Hurt Locker

Sherlock Holmes

2010 The Social Network 127 Hours

How to Train Your Dragon


The King’s Speech

2011 The Artist The Adventures of Tintin


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

2012 Life of Pi Anna Karenina




2013 Gravity The Book Thief



Saving Mr. Banks

2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game


Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything

2015 The Hateful Eight Bridge of Spies



Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2016 La La Land Jackie




2017 The Shape of Water Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This is one of those categories that becomes its own entity once they announce it. You have three precursors, which are generally helpful, but sometimes it’s just “that one is going to win.” This year, it’s not so simple. One of the major contenders ended up not being nominated. But we’ll get to that.

Here’s a handy chart of the three precursors (BAFTA, BFCA and the Globes) and how they went, going back to 2000. We don’t need to go back that far, since the category is very much rooted in the past five-to-seven years, but it does illuminate how things go and you can usually point to some sort of comparison

(Anything in RED was not nominated at the Oscars.)

Year Oscar BAFTA Globe BFCA
2017 The Shape of Water The Shape of Water The Shape of Water The Shape of Water
2016 La La Land La La Land La La Land La La Land
2015 The Hateful Eight The Hateful Eight The Hateful Eight The Hateful Eight
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel The Theory of Everything Birdman
2013 Gravity Gravity All Is Lost Gravity
2012 Life of Pi Skyfall Life of Pi Lincoln
2011 The Artist The Artist The Artist The Artist
2010 The Social Network The King’s Speech The Social Network The Social Network
2009 Up Up Up Up
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire
2007 Atonement La Vie en Rose Atonement There Will Be Blood
2006 Babel Babel The Painted Veil The Illusionist
2005 Brokeback Mountain Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha
2004 Finding Neverland The Motorcycle Diaries The Aviator The Aviator
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cold Mountain The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 Frida The Hours Frida Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Minority Report
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Moulin Rouge! Moulin Rouge! The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Gladiator Gladiator

Pretty much what this usually means is: if it won all three, it’s winning the Oscar. But we’re in an interesting year, which we’ll get to right now.

Best Original Score

Black Panther


If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

The Academy had a shortlist this year of 15 scores. Of them, I don’t think anyone expected Annihilation, Crazy Rich Asians, Death of Stalin, Fantastic Beasts or Vice to make it on. So it was really 5/10 from there. Ready Player One could have made it but didn’t. Avengers didn’t seem like it would get on. A Quiet Place was a contender and just got squeezed, and Buster Scruggs seemed unlikely because Carter Burwell has never been nominated for a Coen brothers score. The only real surprise was that First Man got left off. And the minute First Man got left off, this category was left in limbo.

We are at a situation that has not happened since 2004, which is that every single precursor went to something not nominated at the Oscars. First Man won BFCA and the Globe and A Star Is Born won BAFTA. So right now, we just have five nominees and nothing else to go on.

This will be fun.


5. BlacKkKlansman — This is the only score that didn’t appear on most of the precursors list throughout the season and is the one that the least amount of people will have remembered from the film. I had to listen to it to remember it, and even then, barely. It’s Terrence Blanchard’s first nomination, and I don’t see this getting stray nominations. I think there’s one thing that works totally against this, which we’ll get to. But I don’t think you can consider this a solid contender for a win over everything else in this category.

4. Isle of Dogs — It’s Alexandre Desplat, coming off a second win last year, doing a Wes Anderson score, which is responsible for his first win back in 2014. He’s a contender. But it’s an animated movie, and those rarely win. Up is really the only one since Pocahontas and The Lion King and all the Disney Renaissance movies (but even those had the benefit of two Score categories for a few of them). So I see this as unlikely. Could it happen? Sure. Will I guess it or tell anyone to guess it? Absolutely not. There’s no history for this, and Desplat seems to only win when it’s clear that he can’t lose. This one just feels like a filler nomination for him. Not seeing it.

3. Mary Poppins Returns — It’s Mary Poppins. That will earn it some respect in the category. The original film won this category, not that it matters. And the composer, Marc Shaiman, has three previous nominations (though admittedly they were all in the “Comedy Score” category they had for a few years in the 90s). Could win, but I don’t see enough love and support for this one to see it taking votes away from the other two scores in this category to the point where it wins.

2. If Beale Street Could Talk — Two things. First, it’s the best score of 2018. It just is. And also, some people might feel like giving him the Oscar they thought he should have won for Moonlight. Remember when Samuel L. Jackson had to give the Oscar to La La Land over it? I do.

If people are truly voting for what the best score is, this should win. But I can’t consider it the favorite in the absence of a precursors. Especially since…

1. Black Panther — It’s got seven nominations. They’re going to look to reward it somewhere. They just are. This is the category that makes the most sense. They’re gonna look down their ballots, half of them aren’t gonna have even remembered the scores for half the shit they’ve seen, and they’re gonna go, “Well I guess here makes sense.” Which I feel is partially a racial statement in and of itself, but we’ll let that part of it go. I just feel like unless people are gonna rally around the fact that the Beale Street score is already iconic and will be in commercials and trailers for years to come (the way Moonlight’s was/is), Black Panther has to be considered the favorite in this one. And granted, part of the Black Panther score is already pretty iconic. So I think this has to be considered your most likely winner. I think this will go one of two ways, but this seems like the most likely of the two.

P.S. Does anyone care that in three instances here, a white composer will win for a score for a “black” movie? Or are we just selective in our outrage?

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4 responses

  1. Well, at least in the case of Black Panther, the Black Director picked this particular composer himself so…

    February 14, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    • Even when the Black Americans in charge approve, NPC liberals and SJWs still gotta cry “racism!”.

      February 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      • I don’t hear anyone crying.

        February 14, 2019 at 11:24 pm

      • ^Which proves B+’s point.

        February 15, 2019 at 12:49 am

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