“Being the Ricardos” — Daniel Pemberton
“Candyman” — Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
“Don’t Look Up” — Nicholas Britell
“Dune” — Hans Zimmer
“Encanto” — Germaine Franco
“The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun” — Alexandre Desplat
“The Green Knight” — Daniel Hart
“The Harder They Fall” — Jeymes Samuel
“King Richard” — Kris Bowers
“The Last Duel” — Claire Simpson
“No Time to Die” — Hans Zimmer
“Parallel Mothers” — Alberto Iglesias
“The Power of the Dog” — Jonny Greenwood
“Spencer” — Jonny Greenwood
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” — Carter Burwell

One hundred thirty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

Per the Academy’s press release:

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and concludes on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The 94th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland® in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


Hans Zimmer
Warner Bros. Pictures

“The Power of the Dog”
Jonny Greenwood

“The French Dispatch”
Alexandre Desplat
Searchlight Pictures

Jonny Greenwood

“Parallel Mothers”
Alberto Iglesias
Sony Pictures Classics


Hans Zimmer’s score for “Dune” has to be the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing, so a nomination is almost guaranteed. The Academy also loves Hans Zimmer, so there’s no stretch of the imagination that Zimmer is in.

#2: “The POWER OF THE DOG” — Jonny Greenwood

The love for “The Power of the Dog” will ultimately translate into many nominations for the film, including Best Original Score, where Jonny Greenwood could easily upset Zimmer and take the gold statue.

#3: “THE FRENCH DISPATCH” — Alexandre Desplat

Any time Alexandre Desplat does a score for Wes Anderson, chances are he’s getting an Oscar nomination. The same goes for his composition for “The French Dispatch,” which should see a few nominations including Best Original Score.

#4: “SPENCER” — Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood could very easily be facing off against himself at this year’s Oscars, with his score for “The Power of the Dog” as well as for “Spencer,” which should see quite a bit of Oscar love as well. If he only gets one nomination, however, I expect it to be for “The Power of the Dog.”

#5: “Parallel Mothers” — Alberto Iglesias

This last pick is a complete dart throw. It could be many other films including other Oscar favorites like “Encanto” or “King Richard,” but I’ve seen “Parallel Mothers” show up a few places and it feels like the sort of surprise we’ve come to enjoy on Oscar nomination morning.

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