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Oscar noms for original score
• Posted by: Otis Bryant   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, January 19, 2002, at 10:54 p.m.
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Some of you may object to this, but after keeping track of the Oscar race thus far, some of the best scores of the year, I'm afraid, no longer have chances for nominations. Here are my predictions thus far:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (John Williams)
A Beautiful Mind (James Horner)
The Lord Of The Rings (Howard Shore)
Moulin Rouge (Craig Armstrong)
Mulholland Drive (Angelo Badalamenti)

These aren't definite; these are just my thoughts according to the numbers I've been keeping. My numbers have also been telling me that the most likely winner will be Howard Shore for The Lord Of The Rings. Two of the predictions are sure locks (The Lord Of The Rings, Moulin Rouge) and I still have high hopes that John Williams will get his 40th nomination. James Horner's Beautiful Mind score has been getting some pretty good buzz along with Angelo Badalamenti's work on Mulholland Drive; the thing is James Horner's score may not be strong enough to receive the nomination and Angelo Badalamenti may be overlooked due to the film's status of being an independent film.

Elliot Goldenthal's score to Final Fantasy, I'm sorry to say, never really had a chance; this is most likely due to the bad performance the film did at the box office. Another reason may be that most of the score in the film is eclipsed by the sound effects. Despite how great of a job he did, its Oscar chances were gone before it had any. Only a miracle will get it into the Oscar circle, and I'll be hoping for it.

Another person I want to talk about is Hans Zimmer. I believe he still has a chance; he earned a Golden Satellite nomination for Hannibal and a Golden Globe nomination for Pearl Harbor. If he gets a nomination, it'll be either of those two score. Then again, with the great buzz the film has been getting, his score to Black Hawk Down may come out of nowhere to get into the circle. This sort of thing has happened to him before; take 1998 for example, The Thin Red Line didn't receive any nominations from the major precursors yet it ended up receiving 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Best Original Dramatic Score. Taking that into consideration, Black Hawk Down may have a chance, assuming that critics' claim of its effectiveness in the film are correct.

Well, I think I've said enough. These are just my thoughts; I'm not trying to turn anybody down. This is just what I think will happen in reality. Feel free to post your comments. I like it when people talk about the Oscars.

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