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2018 Oscar Predictions: ORIGINAL SCORE and ORIGINAL SONG (November)

We have a new leader in the Original Score race: Alexandre Desplat’s The Shape of Water. After leading all summer, Hans Zimmer’s Dunkirk score falls to #2. After that it’s nearly identical to last month’s rankings with Detroit and mother! falling off the list and no debuts.

This month we take our first stab at Original Song predictions. Some searching of FYC and awards pages can give us what a studio is submitting but the official list of eligible songs won’t be out for about six weeks (last year it was December 13) but with full-fledged musical like The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast and Coco we have an idea of at least some of what might pop up on Oscar nomination morning. Call Me By Your Name has two songs from Sufjan Stevens and we’re high on “Mystery of Love” being the Academy’s choice even though “Visions of Gideon” comes at a crucial point in the film. Diane Warren and Cher aim for gold once again but this time on a more serious note. Their Golden Globe-winning collaboration from Cher’s film Burlesque failed to get an Oscar nod and Warren’s song with Lady Gaga (“Til It Happens to You”) lost to Sam Smith. This time it’s “Prayers for this World” from the documentary Cries From Syria. Of course, there can always be an “Alone Yet Not Alone” that throws everyone for a loop so you never know.

These are the official 2018 Oscar Predictions in Original Score and Original Song for November from the Gold Rush Gang. Keep an eye on all of the Gold Rush Gang’s 2018 Oscar predictions updated LIVE throughout the month.

Green – moves up from last month
Red – moves down from last month
Blue – debut/new entry

ORIGINAL SCORE ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 The Shape of Water 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 96
2 Dunkirk 2 2 2 2 4 1 1 2 1 1 92
3 The Post 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 4 3 3 80
4 Darkest Hour 5 4 4 5 3 5 4 3 4 4 69
5 Wonderstruck 4 8 7 4 8 4 6 6 5 6 52
6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 8 6 5 7 7 6 8 7 6 7 43
7 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 10 5 9 8 9 7 5 5 5 36
8 Coco 7 9 10 6 6 9 7 8 7 8 33
9 Phantom Thread 9 7 8 9 5 10 10 9 21
10 The Greatest Showman 6 6 10 9 9 15
11 Blade Runner 2049 8 9 10 8 9
12 Victoria and Abdul 10 10 10 3
13 War for the Planet of the Apes  10  1

OTHER CONTENDERS
All the Money in the World
Detroit
Downsizing
Ferdinand
Last Flag Flying
mother!
Mudbound
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

ORIGINAL SONG ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Coco, “Remember Me” 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 45
2 Beauty and the Beast, “Evermore” 3 2 2 2 4 2 3 3 2 31
3 Call Me By Your Name, “Mystery of Love” 2 3 4 3 2 3 2 2 3 30
4 Fifty Shades Darker, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” 4 4 5 4 4 9
5 Cries from Syria, “Prayers for this World” 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 8
5  The Greatest Showman, “Come Alive” 3 3 4 8
7 The Greatest Showman, “This Is Me” 4 2
7 Battle of the Sexes, “If I Dare” 5 5 2

OTHER CONTENDERS
Beauty and the Beast, “Days in the Sun”
Beauty and the Beast, “How Does a Moment Last Forever”
Call Me By Your Name, “Visions of Gideon”
City of Ghosts, “Broken Wing”
Coco, “The World es Mi Familia”
Coco, “Un Poco Loco”
Detroit, “It Ain’t Fair”
The Greatest Showman, “From Now On”
The Greatest Showman, “Rewrite the Stars”
The Greatest Showman, “The Other Side”
The Lego Batman Movie, “Friends are Family”
Marshall, “Stand Up For Something”
Murder on the Orient Express, “Never Forget”
Step, “Jump”

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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