Much like other technical categories at the Oscars, the nominees for Best Original Score tend to be invited back to the party year after year, and 2012 is no different.
John Williams ("War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin"), Howard Shore ("Hugo") and Alberto Iglesias ("Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy") have all been nominated before — and in the case of John Williams, many, many times before. Ludovic Bource ("The Artist") is the only first-time nominee in this category, but his Academy Award virginity doesn't hurt his chances of bringing home a statuette come Oscar night, Sunday, February 25.
So who will it be? Let's take a look at who will likely win and who should win, in our humble opinions:
Who Will Win
Though Iglesias' stark score is a fitting accompaniment to the dark and dense "Tinker Taylor" story, the film was not well-received enough overall for a win in this category. And the two nods for John Williams, who is the most Oscar-nominated living person with 47, should cancel each other out (he's been in this situation several times before, but the last time Williams won with two films in the race was 1978 — "Star Wars," of course). That leaves "Hugo" and "The Artist," and this year, we think Bource will take home one of many Oscars for the black-and-white favorite.
Who Should Win
As much as we love the collected works of John Williams and Howard Shore, 2012 is the year that the newcomer outshines the veterans. The score for "The Artist" stands out in this category due to the fact that its role is doubly important — the film has almost no dialogue, so it's the music that must drive the story. And drive it does, matching the joy with which Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo romp through 1920s and 1930s Hollywood. Bource has already won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA; an Oscar will undoubtedly join them on his mantel.
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