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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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Best Original Score
Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat
(8 nominations | 1st win!)
WINNER 
Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat
(8 noms)
Interstellar
Hans Zimmer
(10 noms | 1 win)
Mr Turner
Gary Yershon
1st nomination!
Theory of Everything
Jóhann Jóhannsson
1st nomination!
Left Out / Will Win / Should Win

Left Out: Marco Beltrami had two fine scores this year in The Homesman and Snowpiercer, and other celebrated scores were Birdman (which Oscar disqualified), The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life, Noah, and Gone Girl

WILL WIN: TBA
SHOULD WIN: TBA

 

Best Original Song

Begin Again
"Lost Stars"
HMIM nod

Beyond the Lights
"Grateful"
Diane Warren

I'll Be Me
"Not Gonna Miss You"

HMIM nod

The Lego Movie
"Everything is Awesome"

HMIM nod

Selma
"Glory"
Common & John Legend
WINNER 

Films rarely campaign two songs anymore though Begin Again should. This is the most obvious choice.

End credits but still emotion-inducing photos are playing during them

Glenn Campbell's last song. It's a beauty. He has alzheimers

Such a fun song.

End credits but still emotion-inducing photos are playing during them

Left Out / Should / Will Win

Omissions: The most high profile songs that were left out include "Something So Right & "I'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)" HMIM nod  from Bret McKenzie for Muppets Most Wanted, "I Love You Too Much" by the legendary Paul Williams for The Book of Life, and more.

Will Win: "Glory" - I don't think Oscar will pass up the chance to hand the movie they were so dinged for giving a mere 2 nominations to from a prize everyone would celebrate
Should Win: Tough call. "Glory" is so majestic and beautiful but "Lost Stars" is such an event within its film and also a special song.


Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman
Interstellar
Whiplash
WINNER 
Unbroken

 

Left Out / Will Win / Should Win

Omissions: Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Wild, Transformers, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,

Will Win: TBA
Should Win: TBA

 

Best Sound Effects Editing
American Sniper
WINNER 
Birdman
The Hobbit
Interstellar
Unbroken

 

Left Out / Will Win / Should Wind

Omissions: Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Wild, Transformers, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,

Will Win: TBA
Should Win: TBA