Finally we are coming to the grand finale of awards season, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.  If you’ve been following Tadpole Audio’s essential award season coverage, you’ll notice that like the Best Picture or Best Actress nominees, most of the below contenders for the music in film awards have appeared over and over again – at the Globes, Grammys, and consequently on this blog.  Chances are you’ve all gone out and seen the movies by now too, so if you didn’t listen to score selections or original songs on this site, you still pretty much know what I’m talking about.  Just in case you are still hungry for more:

There are still some surprise appearances though, so read on to check those out, plus Tadpole Audio’s thoughts, predictions, hopes and dreams for the big night.

Best Music (Original Score)

John Powell – How To Train Your Dragon
This isn’t so much a comment on the score, but this movie is a delight.  Good story plus the cutest dragon you will ever see.  And the song Jonsi wrote for the film should have gotten more awards season love.

Hans Zimmer – Inception

Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech

A.R. Rahman – 127 Hours

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network

Who will take Oscar home?

It won the Golden Globe, so likely Reznor’s score for The Social Network will come out on top.   If anyone pulls an upset though, my bet would be on Zimmer for Inception.



The Social Network

Best Music (Original Song)

I love this category at the Academy Awards because we get to see actual performances.  It kills me that I will be on a plane this year and have to wait an extra few hours to see Zachary Levi sing.

“Coming Home” from Country Strong
Music and Lyrics by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

“I See the Light” from Tangled
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Glenn Slater

“If I Rise” from 127 Hours
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyrics by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman

Who will take Oscar home?

Oddly enough, the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me” from Burlesque, wasn’t nominated at all.  My guess is that Randy Newman will take it for being Randy Newman and sheer nostalgia factor.