The Oscar for Best Original Score is awarded to a musical composer for the best body of musical work in the form of underscoring for a particular film. This is perennially one of my favorite Academy Award categories because in my opinion, music is essentially what makes or breaks a film. A movie is just a bunch of images and words, but with the addition of a musical score, the film develops feeling and emotion in a way that better connects with the viewers. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Original Score:

Ennio Morricone conducting at the O2 Arena in London

WINNERThe Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

2. Sicario (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

4. Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)

5. Carol (Carter Burwell)

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