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90th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2017 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog 


After a gloriously unique year in which most of the composers nominated were newbies, we expect a retreat to their favorites this year with lots of big name composers behind prestige or blockbuster films.  

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Shape of Water
Alexandre Desplat
(8 noms | 1 win)

Hans Zimmer (10 nominations | 1 win)


Carter Burwell (1 nomination)

Darkest Hour

Dario Marianelli
(3 nominations | 1 win)

 The Post

John Williams (50 nominations | 5 wins)
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

John Williams (50 nominations | 5 wins)

Battle of Sexes
Nicholas Britell
(1 nomination)
Wonder Woman
Rupert Gregson-Williams
(never nominated) 
Victoria & Abdul
Thomas Newman
(14 noms)
 Blade Runner 2049
Benjamin Wallfisch (never nominated) & Hanz Zimmer (10 nominations | 1 win)
Tier 3 - Longer Shots?


  • Goodbye Christopher Robin Carter Burwell (1/0)
  • Downsizing Rolfe Kent
  • Suburbicon Alexander Desplat (8/1)
  • Greatest Showman (unknown but Pasek & Paul are doing the songs)
  • Valerian... Desplat (8/0)
  • Murder on the Orient Express Patrick Doyle (2/0)
  • All the Money in the World (unknown)
  • Thank You For Your Service Thomas Newman (14 noms)
  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool J Ralph (3 noms)
  • Thor Ragnarok Mark Mothersbaugh





Wild guesswork. The only film we KNOW has songs at this point in the year is The Greatest Showman. The composer of Film Stars... is J Ralph who has three song nominations so we hope there's a song! And rounding out the wild guesswork, two animated features. 

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Battle of the Sexes

Sara Bareilles
(never nominated)

sung by Sara Bareilles

Beauty and the Beast

Alan Menken (19 noms | 8 wins) and Tim Rice (5 noms | 3 wins)

sung by Dan Stevens in the film / Josh Groban over credits



Call Me By Your Name

Sufjan Stevens
(never nominated)

sung by Sufjan Stevens

Greatest Showman

Pasek & Paul
(1 nom | 1 win)

sung by Keala Setttle & company

Murder on the Orient Express


Patrick Doyle
(2 nominations)

sung by Michelle Pfeiffer


Tier 2 - Other Possibilities


  • Beauty and the Beast "Days in the Sun" (performed by company)
  • Beauty and the Beast "How does a moment last forever" (performed by company)
  • Call Me By Your Name "Visions of Gideon" (written and performed by Sufjan Stevens)
  • Chasing Coral "Tell Me How Long" (written by Dan Romer and Teddy Geiger. Performed by Kristen Bell)
  • Coco "Remember Me" (written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez)


  • An Inconvenient Sequel ""Truth to Power" (written by Ryan Tedder and T-Bone Burnett)
  • LEGO Batman "Friends are Family"
  • The Meyerowitz Stories  "Old Man" (by Randy Newman)
  • Mudbound "Mighty River" (by Mary J Blige)
  • The Star "The Star" written by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman (performed by Mariah Carey)

If you know of any films with original songs please share the details! The contenders can be very hard to track before the official list of 70-90 or so songs is released each year



The mix is what you hear in theaters, all the sound elements working together like dialogue, effects, score. The Academy likes war pictures, best pic nominees, action/genre blockbusters, and musicals in this category most of all and in roughly that order. But guessing which from those umbrella groups is difficult this early. 

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Gregg Landaker (8 noms | 3 wins), Mark Weingarten (3 noms)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
David Parker (8 noms | 2 wins), Stuart Wilson (4 nominations)
Blade Runner 2049
Mac Ruth (2 noms)
The Shape of Water
Glen Gauthier & Paul Gosse 
(never nominated)

  Wonder Woman Chris Munro (4 noms/2 wins) Chris Burdon (1 nom, 0 wins)

Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
 The Greatest Showman
Todd A Maitland 
(3 nominations)


Drew Kunin
(2 nominations)


 Darkest Hour
John Casali (never nominated)
Ray Beckett
(1 nom | 1 win)


Baby Driver


Tier 3 -Longer Shots?


  • Spider-Man Homecoming (Kevin O'Connoll (21 noms, 1 win)
  • Atomic Blonde (Mac Ruth, 2 noms, Frank A Montaño, 8 noms)
  • Coco
  • Get Out (Jeffree Bloomer, Trevor Gates - never nom'ed)
  • Mother!
  • War for Planet of the Apes (Chris Duesterdiek,1 nom)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    David Acord (1 nom), Christopher Boyes (14 noms, 4 wins)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
    Greg P Russell (16 noms, 0 wins), Gary Summers (11 noms, 4 wins)
  • Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
    Paul Massey (7 noms)




More of the same as sound mixing, but with more of a focus on effects and the creation of sounds - wouldn't it be cute if BABY DRIVER got the exact same single nomination as DRIVE (2011)

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Dunkirk Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blade Runner 2049 Shape of Water


Baby Driver

Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Darkest Hour Guardians Vol 2
Atomic Blonde
Wonder Woman
Spider-Man Homecoming
Tier 3 - Or Maybe
  • Detroit
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Darkest Hour
  • mother!
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Greatest Showman
  • The Snowman
  • Valerian and the City of...