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"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Best Original Score)
Alexandre Desplat has a great shot at winning his first Best Original Score Oscar (after six fruitless nominations). If only the win would be for one of his most essential scores to date. In Wes Anderson’s "Grand Budapest Hotel," Desplat is the second lead after Ralph Fiennes, adding soul, history, and momentum to the titular location and its farcical ensemble. Layered with instruments and personality-driven, it’s a score that reflects a deep understanding of the material at hand. His "Imitation Game" work is lovely, "Godzilla" among the best of the blockbuster tunes, "Unbroken" plays, and "Monuments Men" continues to surprise, but "Grand Budapest Hotel" is his 2014 achievement.
- Matt Patches