- 1 – Soul (Disney/Pixar) – BAFTA, BFCA, GG, HMMA, SCL Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
- 2 – Mank (Netflix) – BAFTA, BFCA, GG, HMMA, SCL Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
- 3 – Minari (A24) – BAFTA, BFCA, HMMA, SCL Emile Mosseri
- 4 – News of the World (Universal Pictures) – BAFTA, BFCA, GG, HMMA, SCL James Newton Howard
- 5 – Da 5 Bloods (Netflix) – HMMA, SCL Terrence Blanchard
*Wins in bold.
Reference – BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association) – GG (Golden Globe) – HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media) – SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists)
Many movies have become victims of being a critics darling in a category but then underperforming in wins or nominations when it comes to the big awards, ‘Soul’s’ score has not had this trouble.
Sweeping the critics season, ‘Soul’ has gone on to win all the other big precursors it can win (BAFTA, Golden Globe, Critics Choice, Society of Composers and Lyricists and Hollywood Music in Media). Interestingly, this is the first score to be nominated with more then two composers since 1998’s ‘Mulan’, but this was when the category was split into Comedy/Musical and Drama. You need to go back to 1987 to see a year in which three people won the Oscar for the same score, this being the score for ‘The Last Emperor’ (David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Cong Su).
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are double-nominated this year with their beautiful work on ‘Soul’, but also on David Fincher’s ‘Mank’. I remember everyone saying it was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross vs. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross all year round and even though Emile Mosseri’s has been surging and could pull a wild upset, I’m just so certain ‘Soul’ is going to win that I’m going to keep ‘Mank’ at two for prides sake.