Oscar-Nominated Film Scores 2016 - Pick your winner!

Jan 25, 2016

Pick your favorite 2016 Oscar-nominated film score!

The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28, and it's your turn to pick a winner!

Five films have been nominated for the Best Musical Score Oscar - which is your favorite? Listen to the scores and vote for the one YOU think should win the Oscar this year.  See how your pick measures up with Academy voters!

Click through for links to the scores, and to vote in our poll!

UPDATE! You and the Academy have spoken - click to see the results!

UPDATE! 2/29/2016

You and the Academy have spoken - and this year, you disagree! Last night, the Academy Award for Best Score went to Ennio Morricone for THE HATEFUL EIGHT - which took third place in our poll.

Here are your poll results:

5. SICARIO - Johann Johannsson

4. BRIDGE OF SPIES - Thomas Newman

3. THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone

2. CAROL - Carter Burwell

and your favorite film score of 2015 is (drumroll please...):




1. BRIDGE OF SPIES - Thomas Newman

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. - Dreamworks Studio

Other scores by Thomas Newman include: Spectre, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Skyfall, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Erin Brokovich, The Green Mile, The Shawshank RedemptionAmerican Beauty

2. CAROL - Carter Burwell

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.  - The Weinstein Company 

Other scores by Carter Burwell include: Mr. Holmes, Twilight, Fargo, In Bruges,  O Brother Where Art Thou, Being John Malkovich, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, The Blind Side

3. THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Ennio Morricone

Six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all… - The Weinstein Company

Other scores by Ennio Morricone include: A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Cinema Paradiso, A Fistful of Dynamite, The Professional, The Thing, The Mission, The Untouchables 

4. SICARIO - Johann Johannsson

In Mexico, "Sicario," means, "Hitman."

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. - Lionsgate

Other scores by Johann Johannsson include: The Theory of Everything, Prisoners, Foxcatcher, The 11th Hour, McCanick, Mystery, For Ellen, Closure, Personal Effects


Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. - Walt Disney Studios

Other scores by John Williams include: Star Wars 1-6, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Harry Potter 1-3, Superman, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,  Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws

You've heard all the scores... now take the poll! Thanks for voting!