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2019 Oscar Predictions – Best Original Song and Best Original Score

I don’t think there is an awful lot to say about the 2019 races for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. One is barely a race, and the other has a standout front-runner with only minor competition.

This isn’t to say that the two categories are complete locks, but they are both pretty darn close.

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The Nominees – Best Original Song:

  • A Star is Born – “Shallow”
  • Black Panther – “All the Stars”
  • Mary Poppins Returns – “The Place Where Lost Things Go”
  • RBG – “I’ll Fight”
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings”

Will Win: A Star is Born

Could Win: Black Panther

Dark Horse: Mary Poppins Returns

 

This is one of the biggest sure-things of the night. “Shallow” is the most out-in-front front-runner of the night. In a different year, Kendrick Lamar’s contribution to Black Panther would probably take this award. But not this year. The only sign of the odds dropping for “Shallow” is the overall stock of A Star is Born dropping. That said, “Shallow” is still the front-runner, even if it ends up being the only Oscar for A Star is Born.

 

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The Nominees – Best Original Score:

  • Blackkklansman
  • Black Panther
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Will Win: If Beale Street Could Talk

Could Win: Black Panther

Dark Horse: Blackkklansman

 

I think the quality of Nicholas Britell’s If Beale Street Could Talk score will win out in the end. It is a lovely score, and frankly I figured its biggest competition was First Man. With that not here, Black Panther and Blackkklansman could create competition, but I don’t think they rise to the same level as Beale Street.

As for the other two, Alexandre Desplat and Marc Shaiman are multiple-time nominees. But Isle of Dogs and Mary Poppins Returns don’t resonate like the other three in terms of Oscar appeal.

 

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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)

 

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