The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards have been unveiled.
In the musical categories, we’re pleased to see Icelandic composer and FACT mixer Jóhann Jóhannsson recognised for his brooding, Swans-inspired score for Sicario, while the legendary Ennio Morricone is nominated for The Hateful Eight, a soundtrack originally written for John Carpenter’s The Thing.
ANOHNI, formerly known as Antony Hegarty, receives a nomination in the best original song category for her collaboration with J. Ralph for the environmental film Racing Extinction. That goes up against The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It’ from 50 Shades of Grey and Sam Smith’s Spectre theme, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’.
Highlights from the other categories include a best original screenplay nomination for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton and nods for Asif Kapadia’s Amy and the Nina Simone film What Happened, Miss Simone? in the best documentary category.
Morricone has already picked up a Golden Globe for The Hateful Eight, while while Jóhannsson is no stranger to the podium either, having nabbed an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe last year for The Theory Of Everything.
Sam Smith won a Golden Globe for his Spectre theme on Sunday and revealed, in the brattiest way possible, that that he hadn’t listened to Radiohead’s alternative, and infinitely better, title music.
Notable absent from the nominations is Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score for The Revenant, which was deemed ineligible due to featuring the work of multiple composers.
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Best original score
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best original song
The Weeknd – ‘Earned It’ (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Lady Gag – ‘Til It Happens To You’ (The Hunting Ground)
Sam Smith – ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ (Spectre)
J. Ralph and Antony – ‘Manta Ray’ (Racing Extinction)
David Lang – ‘Simple Song 3’ (Youth)