Best Original Score 2015

Most recent update: July 12, 2015

Carter Burwell seems like a safe bet for Carol, while we can expect Ennio Morricone to return for the first time in more than 10 years. Meanwhile, Alexandre Desplat should get in for… something.


My official predictions include only films set for distribution in the United States. The process of guessing what will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment (or a tweet) that addresses any relevant concerns. Consider everything here in limbo, as eligibility here tends to change at the drop of a hat.

Predicted Nominees

  1. Carter Burwell for Carol (more)

  2. Alexandre Desplat for The Danish Girl (more)

  3. NEW!!! Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight (more)

  4. John Williams for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (more)

  5. Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Fernando Velázquez for Crimson Peak (more)
  2. Alexandre Desplat for Suffragette (more)
  3. Patrick Doyle for Cinderella (more)
  4. NEW!!! Alan Silvestri for The Walk (more)
  5. NEW!!! Hans Zimmer for Freeheld (more)

Other Possibilities

  1. NEW!!! Michael Brook for Brooklyn (more)
  2. NEW!!! Michael Giacchino for Inside Out (more)
  3. NEW!!! Alexandre Desplat for The Light Between Oceans (more)
  4. NEW!!! James Horner for Southpaw (more)
  5. NEW!!! Dario Marianelli for Everest (more)
  6. NEW!!! Danny Elfman for Tulip Fever (more)
  7. NEW!!! James Newton Howard for Concussion (more)
  8. NEW!!! Thomas Newman for Spectre (more)

Long Shots

In Limbo

I regard these films as ineligible at the moment, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules or their not being ready, or b) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. But as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

Ennio Morricone conducting at the O2 Arena in LondonA photo of Ennio Morricone in concert (via The Guardian)


Ennio Morricone will score Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The auteur dropped this news at Sand Diego Comic Con last week; it will be Morricone’s first score for a Western in 40 years. Update your original score predictions accordingly.



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