97 Scores Vie for Oscar

At 97, this year’s slate of Academy Award-eligible film scores is mighty hefty. And yet even with this many scores, there are still some glaring omissions. Hans Zimmer took himself out of the running so RANGO, KUNG FU PANDA 2 and SHERLOCK HOLMES are ineligible. Howard Shore’s A DANGEROUS METHOD reinterprets Wagner so it’s no surprise to see it missing. Arguably the biggest omission is Cliff Martinez’s score for DRIVE, which has garnered numerous precursor critical awards so far.

The five nominees will be voted on from the list below. Check it out and let me know your thoughts and predictions in the comments section.

  • THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, Thomas Newman
  • THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, John Williams
  • AFRICAN CATS, Nicholas Hooper
  • ALBERT NOBBS, Brian Byrne
  • ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED, Mark Mothersbaugh
  • ANONYMOUS, Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser
  • ANOTHER EARTH, Phil Mossman and Will Bates
  • ANSWERS TO NOTHING, Craig Richey
  • ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, Harry Gregson-Williams
  • THE ARTIST, Ludovic Bource
  • @urFRENZ, Lisbeth Scott
  • ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 1, Elia Cmiral
  • BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, Brian Tyler
  • BEASTLY, Marcelo Zarvos
  • THE BIG YEAR, Theodore Shapiro
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Alan Silvestri
  • CARS 2, Michael Giacchino
  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Christophe Beck
  • CONAN THE BARBARIAN, Tyler Bates
  • THE CONSPIRATOR, Mark Isham
  • CONTAGION, Cliff Martinez
  • CORIOLANUS, Ilan Eshkeri
  • DAM999, Ousepachan
  • THE DARKEST HOUR, Tyler Bates
  • THE DEBT, Thomas Newman
  • DOLPHIN TALE, Mark Isham
  • DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • DREAM HOUSE, John Debney
  • THE EAGLE, Atli Orvarsson
  • EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, Alexandre Desplat
  • FAST FIVE, Brian Tyler
  • THE FIRST GRADER, Alex Heffes
  • THE FLOWERS OF WAR, Qigang Chen
  • THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • THE GREATEST MIRACLE, Mark McKenzie
  • GREEN LANTERN, James Newton Howard
  • HANNA, Tom Rowlands
  • HAPPY FEET TWO, John Powell
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2, Alexandre Desplat
  • THE HELP, Thomas Newman
  • HOP, Christopher Lennertz
  • HUGO, Howard Shore
  • I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT, Aaron Zigman
  • THE IDES OF MARCH, Alexandre Desplat
  • IMMORTALS, Trevor Morris
  • IN SEARCH OF GOD, Rupam Sarmah
  • IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, Gabriel Yared
  • IN TIME, Craig Armstrong
  • INSIDIOUS, Joseph Bishara
  • THE IRON LADY, Thomas Newman
  • J. EDGAR, Clint Eastwood
  • JANE EYRE, Dario Marianelli
  • THE LADY, Eric Serra
  • LIKE CRAZY, Dustin O’Halloran
  • MARGARET, Nico Muhly
  • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, Michael Giacchino
  • MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, Rolfe Kent
  • MONEYBALL, Mychael Danna
  • MONTE CARLO, Michael Giacchino
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE, John Debney
  • NORMAN, Andrew Bird
  • ONE DAY, Rachel Portman
  • PUSS IN BOOTS, Henry Jackman
  • RAMPART, Dickon Hinchliffe
  • REAL STEEL, Danny Elfman
  • REBIRTH, Philip Glass
  • RED RIDING HOOD, Alex Heffes and Brian Reitzell
  • RESTLESS, Danny Elfman
  • RIO, John Powell
  • RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Patrick Doyle
  • THE RITE, Alex Heffes
  • THE RUM DIARY, Christopher Young
  • SANCTUM, David Hirschfelder
  • SARAH’S KEY, Max Richter
  • SENNA, Antonio Pinto
  • SHAME, Harry Escott
  • THE SKIN I LIVE IN, Alberto Iglesias
  • THE SMURFS, Heitor Pereira
  • SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, Rachel Portman
  • SUPER 8, Michael Giacchino
  • TAKE SHELTER, David Wingo
  • THE THING, Marco Beltrami
  • THOR, Patrick Doyle
  • TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Alberto Iglesias
  • TOWER HEIST, Christophe Beck
  • W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
  • WAR HORSE, John Williams
  • WARRIOR, Mark Isham
  • WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, James Newton Howard
  • THE WAY, Tyler Bates
  • WE BOUGHT A ZOO, Jon Thor Birgisson
  • WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Jonny Greenwood
  • WIN WIN, Lyle Workman
  • WINNIE THE POOH, Henry Jackman
  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Henry Jackman
  • YOUNG ADULT, Rolfe Kent
  • YOUR HIGHNESS, Steve Jablonsky

6 comments

  1. Well, Jim, there’ two lists really the one that will mostly likely be, and the one I’d want!

    The most likely contenders are:
    War Horse
    Tinker Tailor
    Super 8
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Hugo

    The five I’d pick are:
    Ides of March
    X-Men First Class
    MI:4
    The Help
    War Horse

  2. Devastated that “My Week With Marilyn” is out! I guess there was an issue with the split composer credit, and possibly the source music. Interesting that only one of the composers who make up The Chemical Brothers is up for “Hanna”. At least there’s a precedent, with Lisa Gerrard being snubbed (read: screwed over) for “Gladiator” in favour of giving Hans Zimmer the sole credit. In any event, here are my prediction/preference lists for this year:

    PREDICTIONS:

    The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
    Extremely Loud, and Incredibly Close (Alexandre Desplat)
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)
    Hugo (Howard Shore)
    War Horse (John Williams)

    PREFERENCES:

    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (John Williams)
    The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
    Hugo (Howard Shore)
    Super 8 (Michael Giacchino)
    War Horse (John Williams)

  3. A shame that William Ross’ ‘Harold & Kumar’ and Michael Csanyi-Wills and Nigel Clarke’s ‘Will’ were overlooked. Beltrami’s ‘Soul Surfer’ is much better than ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Dark’??!!

    I predict the following:

    The Iron Lady – Thomas Newman
    The War Horse – John Williams
    The Artist – Ludovic Bource
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Reznor & Ross
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias

    (I broke the ‘The’ string there!)

    What I would like to see:

    The Greatest Miracle – Mark McKenzie
    The War Horse – John Williams
    Thor or Apes – Patrick Doyle
    The Artist – Ludovic Bource
    W.E. – Abel Korzeniowski

  4. Just read on Gather.com about Drive:
    The Drive score has been deemed ineligible on two points: First, that songs were used instead of score at key dramatic points in the film, and second that Martinez’s name was not the only composer on the cue sheet for the film. Other composers received credit for certain moments, and since these were not in direct collaboration with Martinez, none of them can be recognized by the Academy.

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