There's nothing more frustrating for an awards pundit than being able to narrow a category down to two realistic outcomes, but then being forced to flip a coin between them. So it is this year with Best Original Score, which is, for me, an even more hair-pulling exercise in prediction waffling than the tightly contested Best Director and Picture races.
The German composer's collaboration with Nolan has continued to yield powerful results with every new project, hitting a sort of stylistic zenith with this one.
It's arguably the most musically accomplished of the five nominees, but without that Best Picture nomination, there won't be enough support there for a win.
laced stylings from The Grand Budapest Hotel, which are far more musically distinctive than The Imitation Game and even managed to win Desplat a BAFTA. Wes Anderson's European-flavoured comedy is already primed to dominate the craft categories, and this could be one that gets swept along. You won't find me complaining. The last thing I want is for Desplat to become another Thomas Newman; Oft nominated but never chosen to win. A victory would be all the sweeter if it were for this, one of Desplat's best pieces in years.
Will win: The Theory of Everything
Runner-up: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Should win: Interstellar
Should have been nominated: Gone Girl