New University Oscar Predictions: Best Original Score

In a year without a John Williams or James Horner score in contention, it isn’t so easy to predict which way the Academy will swing. Thomas Newman (‘The Good German’) may be a more familiar name for some, and thus a front-runner, but the two most prolific composers of the five are, a little surprisingly, Alexandre Desplat (‘The Queen’) and Philip Glass (‘Notes on a Scandal’). Last year’s winner, Gustavo Santoalalla (‘Babel’), is a strong contender, but Glass, with two previous nominations to his name, is due for an Oscar. Expect him to thank Ravi Shankar in his acceptance speech.