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Oscars Predictions: Best Original Score – Two ‘Souls’ Are In The Race for Film Composing


Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars from Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis. Following Academy Awards history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar predictions are updated regularly with the current year's contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. Eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and will be displayed next to revision date.

  1. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures) James Newton Howard (composer) OSCAR HISTORY: 8 nominations (most recently for 2008's "Defiance" and 2007's "Michael Clayton") DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass SYNOPSIS: A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. STARRING: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham, Michael Angelo Covino, Ray McKinnon

  2. "Soul" (Pixar) Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (composers) OSCAR HISTORY: 1 nomination, 1 win (2010's "The Social Network") DIRECTOR: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers SYNOPSIS: A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. STARRING: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Graham Norton, Angela Bassett, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, Wes Studi

  3. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix) Alexandre Desplat (composer) OSCAR HISTORY: 11 nominations, 2 wins (2014's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and 2017's "The Shape of Water") DIRECTOR: George Clooney SYNOPSIS: This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. STARRING: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Tiffany Boone, Caoilinn Springall

  4. "Blizzard Of Souls" (Film Movement) Lolita Ritmanis (composer) OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated DIRECTOR: Dzintars Dreibergs SYNOPSIS: After losing his mother and his home, Arturs finds some consolation in joining the army. However, war is nothing like he imagined. STARRING: Oto Brantevics, Greta Trusina, Martins Vilsons

  5. "Minari" (A24) Emile Mosseri (composer) OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated DIRECTOR: Lee Isaac Chung SYNOPSIS: A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s. STARRING:Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-jung Youn, Will Patton


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