BEST ORGINAL SCORE: JONNY GREENWOOD HAS “POWER OF THE DOG” & “SPENCER”

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It’s been an incredible year for Jonny Greenwood and he will place twice in the final five.

With the announcement of the Oscar Shortlist, four of my five choices remain. Unfortunately, The National were overlooked for their “Cyrano” score. As a result I am moving Hans Zimmer up from Additional Contenders to join Jonny Greenberg as a double nominee, this time for “A Time to Die” which, like “Dune”, did make the shortlist. With Nathan Johnson’s score for “Nightmare Alley” being overlooked, there are now just two Additional Contenders.

Congratulations to Hans Zimmer, Jonny Greenwood, Alberto Iglesias, Carter Buwell and Robert Lowe for making the Best Original Score shortlist.

AND THE NOMINEES FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE WILL BE:

HANS ZIMMER (No Time To Die) Although more efficient than inspired, Hans could be back to take up two places in the final five for his fittingly big score accompanying Daniel Craig’s final Bond

HANS ZIMMER (Dune) A major player in Denis Villeneuve’s movie’s success, Zimmer’s masterful choral score will land him his twelfth nomination and almost certainly his second Oscar following “The Lion King” in 1994.

Alberto Iglesias (Parallel Mothers) His achingly romantic strings always add immeasurably to Almodovar’s movies and the haunting score that accompanies Penelope Cruz’s magnificent performance should guarantee him his fourth Oscar nomination and his first for an Almodovar movie. Previously nominated for “The Constant Gardener” (2005), “The Kite Runner” (2007) and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011). Winner of Best Score of 2021 from the LAFCA.

JONNY GREENWOOD (The Power of the Dog) Haunting cello score for a haunting movie. A masterpiece. His second Oscar nomination following “Phantom Thread” in 2017.

JONNY GREENWOOD (Spencer) Using orchestra and jazz arrangements, this stunning score beautifully complements Kristin Stewart’s wonderous performance and director Pablo Larrain’s film. His third nomination.

AND TWO ADDITIONAL CONTENDERS WHO MADE THE SHORTLIST

CARTER BURWELL (The Tragedy of Macbeth) This could be his third Oscar Nomination following his nods for Todd Hayne’s “Carol” (2015) and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards” Outside Ebbing Missouri” (2017). Astonishing as it may seem, this will be Burwell’s first nomination for a Coen brothers movie despite having written the Original Scores of all of their films starting with “Blood Simple” back in 1984 (T Bone Burnett did the Adapted Scores for “Oh Brother How Art Thou!” in 2000 and “Inside LLewyn Davis” in 2013). It’s an egregious oversight that only the Music Branch of the Academy can explain. But better late than never, and this masterful Bernard Herrmann-influenced chiller is one of his best.

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE (Candyman) For Nia DaCosta’s very effective remake, Robert A.A. Lowe masterfully integrates his eerie string-based score into the general soundscape. The Academy has a history of looking down upon and/or ignoring the horror genre but, with only seven serious contenders, Robert Lowe stands a moderately good chance of getting his first Oscar nomination

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