The Best Original Score category has been narrowed down to fifteen contenders. My biggest prediction is that John Williams makes it in since this will be his last go at the “Star Wars” franchise and perhaps the Academy will send him out with a bang. It also seems like “1917” and “Marriage Story” should be represented in a few categories and with familiar names like Thomas Newman and Randy Newman, they could easily represent here. I’ve also seen Hildur Guðnadóttir showing up in other awards and the fact that Michael Abels made it here with his score for “Us” could earn him a nomination as well. An alternate would be “Jojo Rabbit” with Michael Giacchino, another familiar name, behind it.

“One hundred seventy scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.”

The actual nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

  • “1917” — Thomas Newman
  • “Joker” — Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • “Marriage Story” — Randy Newman
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” — John Williams
  • “Us” — Michael Abels

Here’s the full list:

  1. “1917” — Thomas Newman
  2. “Avengers: Endgame” — Alan Silvestri
  3. “Bombshell” — Theodore Shapiro
  4. “The Farewell” — Alex Weston
  5. “Ford v Ferrari” — Marco Beltrami‎ & Buck Sanders
  6. “Frozen II” — Christophe Beck
  7. “Jojo Rabbit” — Michael Giacchino
  8. “Joker” — Hildur Guðnadóttir
  9. “The King” — Nicholas Britell
  10. “Little Women” — Jason Howland
  11. “Marriage Story” — Randy Newman
  12. “Motherless Brooklyn” — Daniel Pemberton
  13. “Pain and Glory” — Alberto Iglesias
  14. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” — John Williams
  15. “Us” — Michael Abels

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