The Oscars, Analysed


I’m writing a specific, category by category, look at this year’s Oscar nominees and likely winners. This is year is most certainly one of the most interesting and open years in quite a long time. Yours truly has picked 11 categories, the big 11, and they are Picture, Directors, the 4 acting categories, the 2 script categories, plus Cinematography, Editing and Musical Score.

So, to start with, our first category, Best Original Score:

The Nominees:  Dario Marinelli for ‘Anna Karenina’,   Alexander Desplat for ‘Argo’,   Mychael Danna for ‘Life Of Pi’,   John Williams for ‘Lincoln’   and   Thomas Newman for ‘Skyfall’.

The Best Score category has a solid set of nominees, but there is some snubs. While Thomas Newman’s rehashing of the Bond theme for ‘Skyfall’ was good indeed, I doesn’t  warrant a nomination. I thought Alexander Desplat’s work for “Zero Dark Thirty” required more attention. Maybe the Academy didn’t want to nominate him twice in the category because of ‘Argo’, but even then I’d prefer ‘ZD30’ to ‘Argo’. More importantly, Radiohead’s guitarist Johnny Greenwood’s score of ‘The Master’ was even a bigger snub, and before the nominees it was my favourite to win. But, as already said, a pretty good set of nominees.


Who should win: Mychael Danna  ‘Life of Pi’. Out of the nominees, this is by far the best in my opinion. It evokes the film’s profound themes and fantastical approach to adapting the novel. However, I won’t be terribly sad if Alexander Desplat won for ‘Argo’.

Who will win: Mychael Danna  ‘Life of Pi’. Awards wise, Mychael Danna has been getting the attention in this category, and I think the Oscars will follow suit. The only real upsetter I can see is Desplat for ‘Argo’.  John Williams’ work for ‘Lincoln’ is good but I think the Oscars won’t consider him as he is already a well worn out winner in this category.

Yazen Al Samen

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