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Final Oscar Predictions: Original Score – Nothing Looks Like It Can Beat Ludwig Göransson’s Powerful Music on ‘Oppenheimer’

Final Oscar Predictions: Original Score – Nothing Looks Like It Can Beat Ludwig Göransson’s Powerful Music on ‘Oppenheimer’

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Killers of the Flower Moon Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone Credit: AppleTV+
Killers of the Flower Moon Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone Credit: AppleTV+

Weekly Commentary (Updated March 7, 2024): It’s Ludwig Göransson taking home another Oscar for “Oppenheimer,” following his first win for “Black Panther.”

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Will Win: “Oppenheimer” (Ludwig Göransson)
Could Win: “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Robbie Robertson)
Should Win: “Oppenheimer”
Should have been here: “Saltburn” (Anthony Willis) and “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Daniel Pemberton)

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The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10.


And the Nominees Are:


  1. Ludwig Göransson — “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

  2. Robbie Robertson— “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

  3. Laura Karpman — “American Fiction” (MGM)

  4. Jerskin Fendrix — “Poor Things” (Searchlight Pictures)

  5. John Williams — “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (Walt Disney Pictures)


Eligible Titles (Alphabetized by Studio)**


  • ”All of Us Strangers”

  • ”American Fiction”

  • ”American Symphony”

  • ”Anselm”

  • ”Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”

  • ”Baby Ruby”

  • ”Barbie”

  • ”The Beanie Bubble”

  • ”Beau Is Afraid”

  • ”Big George Foreman”

  • ”Blue Beetle”

  • ”Blue Jean”

  • ”Book Club: The Next Chapter”

  • ”Bottoms”

  • ”The Boy and the Heron”

  • ”The Boys in the Boat”

  • ”The Burial”

  • ”Butcher’s Crossing”

  • ”Carmen”

  • ”Cassandro”

  • ”Chevalier”

  • ”Cocaine Bear”

  • ”The Color Purple”

  • ”Common Ground”

  • ”The Creator”

  • ”Creed III”

  • ”Daliland”

  • ”The Deepest Breath”

  • ”Dicks: The Musical”

  • ”Dream Scenario”

  • ”Dreamin’ Wild”

  • ”Drift”

  • ”Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”

  • ”80 for Brady”

  • ”Eileen”

  • ”Elemental”

  • ”The End We Start From”

  • ”The Equalizer 3”

  • ”Every Body”

  • ”The Face of the Faceless”

  • ”Ferrari”

  • ”Fingernails”

  • ”Five Nights at Freddie’s”

  • ”Flamin’ Hot”

  • ”The Flash”

  • ”Foe”

  • ”Fool’s Paradise”

  • ”Freud’s Last Session”

  • ”Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project”

  • ”Golda”

  • ”Good Grief”

  • ”A Good Person”

  • ”Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3”

  • ”Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant”

  • ”Hadik”

  • ”A Haunting in Venice”

  • ”Heart of Stone”

  • ”Here. Is. Better.”

  • ”The Holdovers”

  • ”How to Blow Up a Pipeline”

  • ”The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”

  • ”Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

  • ”Inside”

  • ”The Inventor”

  • ”Invisible Beauty”

  • ”The Iron Claw”

  • ”It Ain’t Over”

  • ”Joan Baez: I Am a Noise”

  • ”John Wick: Chapter 4”

  • ”Journey to Bethlehem”

  • ”Jules”

  • ”The Killer”

  • ”Killers of the Flower Moon”

  • ”Knock at the Cabin”

  • ”Landscape With Invisible Hand”

  • ”The League”

  • ”Leave the World Behind”

  • ”Leo”

  • ”The Lesson”

  • ”Little Richard: I Am Everything”

  • ”Mafia Mamma”

  • ”The Magician’s Elephant”

  • ”The Marvels”

  • ”Master Gardener”

  • ”Migration”

  • ”A Million Miles Away”

  • ”The Miracle Club”

  • ”Miranda’s Victim”

  • ”The Monkey King”

  • ”Monster”

  • ”The Mother”

  • ”My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3”

  • ”My Love Affair With Marriage”

  • ”Napoleon”

  • ”Nimona”

  • ”1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture”

  • ”The Nun II”

  • ”Nyad”

  • ”Once Within a Time”

  • ”Oppenheimer”

  • ”Origin”

  • ”Past Lives”

  • ”PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie”

  • ”The Peasants”

  • ”The Persian Version”

  • ”The Pigeon Tunnel”

  • ”Polite Society”

  • ”Poor Things”

  • ”The Promised Land”

  • ”Radical”

  • ”Reptile”

  • ”Ruby Gelman, Teenage Kraken”

  • ”Rustin”

  • ”Saltburn”

  • ”Scream VI”

  • ”Sharper”

  • ”Shazam! Fury of the Gods”

  • ”She Came to Me”

  • ”Shortcomings”

  • ”Silver Dollar Road”

  • ”Sitting in Bars with Cake”

  • ”Smoke Sauna Sisterhood”

  • ”Society of the Snow”

  • ”A Song Film By Kishi Bashi: “Omoiyari””

  • ”Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

  • ”Stamped from the beginning”

  • ”Starbright”

  • ”The Starling Girl”

  • ”State of the Unity”

  • ”Stephen Curry: Underrated”

  • ”Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”

  • ”Story Ave”

  • ”Strays”

  • ”The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

  • ”Suzume”

  • ”Sweetwater”

  • ”The Teachers’ Lounge”

  • ”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”

  • ”Tetris”

  • ”They Cloned Tyrone”

  • ”A Thousand and One”

  • ”Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”

  • ”2018 (Everyone Is a Hero)”

  • ”Walid”

  • ”War Pony”

  • ”What Happens Later”

  • ”Wish”

  • ”Your Fat Friend”

  • ”The Zone of Interest”

2022 category winner: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Netflix) — Volker Bertelmann

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