And the Nominees Are: The 76th Annual Race for Oscar

After looking at the nominees list for the 76th annual Oscar race released this morning, the same ‘Oh, of course,’ reaction hit me once again. No surprises (except perhaps that John Williams didn’t get nominated this year), but who expected one? Still, no need to play ostrich with head buried firmly in sand. Keeping track of these things is an interesting cultural barometer, especially in America where the ideology is that what the general public thinks is most important. And they often think of classical music as what they hear at the movies.

So, without additional fanfare or delay, the nominees are:


Best Musical Score
  • Danny Elfman for Big Fish
    The composer was previously nominated for Good Will Hunting (1997) and Men In Black (1997)

  • Gabriel Yared for Cold Mountain
    The composer was previously nominated for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and won for The English Patient (1996)

  • Thomas Newman for Finding Nemo
    The composer was previously nominated for Road to Perdition (2002), American Beauty (1999), Unstrung Heroes (1995), Little Women (1994), and The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  • James Horner for the House of Sand and Fog
    The composer was previously nominated for An American Tail (1986), Aliens (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Braveheart (1995), Apollo 13 (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He won both the Score and Song categories in 1997 for Titanic.

  • Howard Shore for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    The composer was previously nominated and won for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)


Best Song
  • “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Music and Lyric by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore and Annie Lennox

  • “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” from A Mighty Wind
    Music and Lyric by Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole

  • “Scarlet Tide” from Cold Mountain
    Music and Lyric by T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello

  • “The Triplets of Belleville” from The Triplets of Belleville
    Music by Benoit Charest and Lyric by Sylvain Chomet

  • “You Will Be My Ain True Love” from Cold Mountain
    Music and Lyric by Sting