Oscars 2022: Best Original Score Predictions

The race for Best Original Score is marked by experimentation and invention, highlighted by the innovative frontrunner “Dune,” “The Power of the Dog,” “Spencer,” “Cyrano,” “King Richard,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Nightmare Alley,” and “Candyman.” Plus, two animated musicals — both graced by the songwriting chops of the very hot Lin-Manuel Miranda — experiment with the cultural sounds of Colombia and Cuba: Disney’s magical “Encanto”, and Sony/Netflix’s “Vivo” (scored by Alex Lacamoire).Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”) could very well win his second award for Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious “Dune” (Warner Bros.) His score is a musical masterpiece of experimental invention in conveying the beauty and danger of the Arrakis desert planet — from the rhythm of the wind pushing the sand between the rocks to the pounding percussion of the monstrous sandworms.

Zimmer leaned on the spiritual, driven by a choir of female voices.

As part of the hallucinatory nature,

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