Just in: And the Oscar nominees for best score are…

Just in: And the Oscar nominees for best score are…


norman lebrecht

January 23, 2018

Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat


Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Jon Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell


  • Bruce says:

    “Jon Williams”

    Any relation? 😛

  • Eric says:

    Well, after the ‘There Will Be Blood’ disqualification saga, it would be nice for Jonny Greenwood to get the nod.

    • James says:

      Well, Hans Zimmer appropriated Greenwood’s sound for his ‘Dunkirk’ soundtrack so Jonny will win vicariously if Zimmer wins.

  • Pyotr says:

    Greenwood’s work on “The Phantom Thread” deserves recognition. Airy and yet tinged with bad humor just like Day Lewis’ character.

  • David Hilton says:

    Interesting to see 20 Academy Award Nominations for films with Renee Fleming on the soundtrack: 13 for ‘The Shape of Water’, where she sings a new arrangement of the Harry Warren classic ‘You’ll Never Know’ accompanied by the LSO; plus 7 for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ where her 20-year-old recording of ‘Last Rose of Summer’ is used twice.

    Maybe film producers should use classical artists more often?

  • william osborne says:

    The version of “You’ll Never Know” for Rene Fleming (by Desplat?) doesn’t do much for me, but I love the recording of her composed by Desplat for “Guardians of Galaxy” a few years ago. Those beautiful chest tones just kill me:


    Perhaps a bad compositional use of the voice at 2:10, but still, a wonderful recording. It reminds us of the wonderful musicals that could be written if composers just had some decent librettos and real orchestras in the pit.

  • harold braun says:

    John William´s score is easily the best.There are no classically trained Composers around anymore.He is the last dinosaur in a world of Jingles.

  • M2N2K says:

    Not being interested in Star Wars, I saw the other four movies nominated in this category, and Desplat’s score for The Shape Of Water is my clear favorite among them.