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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)

Murder on the Orient Express
Patrick Doyle (2 nominations)

Darkest Hour
Dario Marianelli
(3 nominations | 1 win)
Hans Zimmer (10 nominations | 1 win)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
John Williams (50 nominations | 5 wins)
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Carter Burwell (1 nomination)
Blade Runner 2049
Johann Johannson (2 nominations)
Johann Johannson (2 nominations)
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
J Ralph (3 nominations)
Alexandre Desplat
(8 noms | 1 win) 
Tier 3 - Or Maybe...

Tier 4 -Who Knows...

  • Current War (unknown)
  • Dark Tower (Junkie XL)
  • Detroit (unknown)
  • Downsizing (unknown)
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin (unknown)
  • Greatest Showman (unknown but Pasek & Paul are doing the songs)
  • Marshall (unknown)
  • Mary Magdalene (unknown)
  • Mountain Between Us (unknown)
  • Mudbound (unknown)
  • On Chesil Beach (Dan Jones, 0/0)
  • The Snowman (unknown)
  • Valerian... (Desplat, 8/0)
  • Victoria and Abdul (unknown)
  • Woman Walks Ahead (unknown)


Battle of the Sexes Nicholas Britell
(1 nomination)
Nitin Sawhney
(never nominated)



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

Greatest Showman Greatest Showman Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool The Star
Tier 2 - Other Possibilities?


  • Beauty and the Beast "Evermore"
  • Beauty and the Beast "Days in the Sun"
  • Beauty and the Beast "How does a moment last forever"

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

The Greatest Showman
Todd A Maitland
(3 nominations)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
David Parker (8 noms | 2 wins), Stuart Wilson (4 nominations)
Blade Runner 2049
Mac Ruth (2 noms)
Gregg Landaker (8 noms | 3 wins), Mark Weingarten (3 noms)
Ray Beckett
(1 nom | 1 win)
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
David Acord (1 nom), Christopher Boyes (14 noms, 4 wins)
Darkest Hour
John Casali (never nominated)
The Current War
Chris Munro 
(4 noms | 2 wins) 
Drew Kunin
(2 nominations)
Spider-Man Homecoming (Kevin O'Connoll, 21/1)
Tier 3 - Or Maybe

Tier 4 So many possibilities

  • Alien Covenant (Paul Massey, 7 noms)
  • Atomic Blonde (Mac Ruth, 2 noms, Frank A Montaño, 8 noms)
  • Baby Driver
  • Coco
  • Dark Tower
  • Downsizing
  • Fate of the Furious (Jon Taylor, 3 noms, Frank A Montaño, 8 noms)
  • Geostorm
  • Get Out (Jeffree Bloomer, Trevor Gates - never nom'ed)
  • Mother!
  • Mountain Between Us
  • The Mummy (Christopher Scarabosio, 3 noms, Paul Massey 7 noms)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Colin Nicholson James Mather (never nom'ed)
  • Shape of Water (Glen Gauthier & Paul Gosse, never nomed)
  • The Snowman
  • Valerian and the City of...
  • War for Planet of the Apes (Chris Duesterdiek,1 nom)


Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
Paul Massey (7 noms)
Transformers: The Last Knight
Greg P Russell (16 noms, 0 wins), Gary Summers (11 noms, 4 wins)


More of the same as sound mixing, but with more of a focus on effects and the creation of sounds

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blade Runner 2049 Detroit Dunkirk Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong
Darkest Hour Alien Covenant Spider-Man Homecoming The Greatest Showman Atomic Blonde
Tier 3 - Or Maybe

Tier 4 So many possibilities

  • Alien Covenant
  • Baby Driver
  • The Beguiled
  • The Current War
  • Dark Tower
  • Downsizing
  • Geostorm
  • Mother!
  • Mountain Between Us
  • The Mummy
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Shape of Water
  • The Snowman
  • Valerian and the City of...


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Transformers: Last Knight