Oscars: Weighing the Odds in the Best Song and Score Races

9:30 AM 12/11/2018

by Scott Feinberg

The Golden Globe nominations elevate some (noms leader 'Vice'), while others are left in the dust ('Widows' and 'The Front Runner' are MIA).

From left: 'Black Panther,' 'Isle of Dogs' and 'Mary Poppins Returns'
From left: 'Black Panther,' 'Isle of Dogs' and 'Mary Poppins Returns'

  • "All the Stars"

    'Black Panther'

    Courtesy of Marvel Studios

    CATEGORY Best Song

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    Kendrick Lamar landed not only an original song Globe nom Dec. 6 for this anthem but also, on Dec. 7, eight Grammy noms (the most of any artist), all related to the film's soundtrack, which could be one of only a few film soundtracks ever to win album of the year.

  • "Girl in the Movies"

    'Dumplin''

    Bob Mahoney / Netflix

    CATEGORY Best Song

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    This Dolly Parton number, co-written with Linda Perry, was nominated for the original song Globe, Parton's third nom from the HFPA. She's been working the circuit on behalf of the tune, which she hopes will bring her a third best original song Oscar nom as well.

  • "Trip a Little Light Fantastic"

    'Mary Poppins Returns'

    Courtesy of Disney

    CATEGORY Best Song

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    Talk about a bizarre situation: Disney's sequel earned Globe noms for best picture (musical or comedy) and original score — but none of its original songs, including this one sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda, was nominated.

  • 'A Quiet Place'

    Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures

    CATEGORY Best Score

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    Does a score have extra resonance when its film is virtually dialogue-free? Maybe that's why Marco Beltrami's work on John Krasinski's horror pic received a Globe nom over the likes of Hans Zimmer's Widows score and Nicholas Britell's for If Beale Street Could Talk.

  • 'Isle of Dogs'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

    CATEGORY Best Score

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    Alexandre Desplat, who came into this year with nine previous Globe noms (and two wins), was nominated for the 10th time Dec. 6. The HFPA rarely recognizes scores from animated films — the last time it did so was nine years ago with Up, which went on to win.

  • 'Green Book'

    Patti Perret/Universal Studios

    CATEGORY Best Score

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    The executive committee of the Academy's music branch concluded that Kris Bowers' score does not meet the requirements of Rule 15, Section II-E: Original music accounts for only about 25 minutes of the film's score, which is therefore ineligible for a nomination.

    This story first appeared in a December stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.