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114 FIlm Scores Eligible for Oscar

Last year it was 104, this year it’s 114. The list grows ever larger when it comes to scores eligible for the Academy Awards. As usual there are some unusual titles, omissions and surprises. Just because a score is on this list doesn’t immediately award it a badge of quality .(Neither does an Oscar nomination nor win, for that matter!). It just means that it was submitted by the deadline and passed the Academy’s stringent rules regarding the Best Original Score category. Out of this list will come the five nominees announced on January 16th.

  • ADMISSION, Stephen Trask
  • AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, Daniel Hart
  • ALL IS LOST, Alex Ebert
  • ALONE YET NOT ALONE, William Ross
  • THE ARMSTRONG LIE, David Kahne
  • ARTHUR NEWMAN, Nick Urata
  • AT ANY PRICE, Dickon Hinchliffe
  • AUSTENLAND, Ilan Eshkeri
  • BEFORE MIDNIGHT, Graham Reynolds
  • THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, Stanley Clarke
  • THE BOOK THIEF, John Williams
  • THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM, Rahman Altin
  • THE CALL, John Debney
  • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Henry Jackman
  • CLOSED CIRCUIT, Joby Talbot
  • THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, Cliff Martinez
  • THE CONJURING, Joseph Bishara
  • COPPERHEAD, LAurent Eyquem
  • THE COUNSELOR, Daniel Pemberton
  • THE CROODS, Alan Silvestri
  • DESPICABLE ME 2, Heitor Pereira
  • ELYSIUM, Ryan Amon
  • ENDER’S GAME, Steve Jablonsky
  • ENOUGH SAID, Marcelo Zarvos
  • EPIC, Danny Elfman
  • ERNEST & CELESTINE, Vincent Courtois
  • ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, Aaron Zigman
  • ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW, Abel Korzeniowski
  • EVIL DEAD, Roque Baños
  • 47 RONIN, Ilan Eshkeri
  • 42, Mark Isham
  • FREE BIRDS, Dominic Lewis
  • FREE CHINA: THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE, Thony Chen
  • FRUITVALE STATION, Ludwig Goransson
  • G.I. Joe: RETALIATION, Henry Jackman
  • GANGSTER SQUAD, Steve Jablonsky
  • GRAVITY, Steven Price
  • THE GREAT GATSBY, Craig Armstrong
  • THE HANGOVER PART III, Christophe Beck
  • HANSEL & GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS, Alti Örvarsson
  • HAUTE CUISINE, Gabriel Yared
  • HER, William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Howard Shore
  • HOLLYWOOD SEAGULL, Evgeny Shchukin
  • HOURS, Benjamin Wallfisch
  • HOW SWEET IT IS, Matt Dahan
  • THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, James Newton Howard
  • IDENTITY THIEF, Christopher Lennertz
  • THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, Lyle Workman
  • INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Joseph Bishara
  • INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, Carlo Siliotto
  • THE INTERNSHIP, Christophe Beck
  • THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, Ilan Eshkeri
  • IRON MAN 3, Brian Tyler
  • JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, John Ottman
  • JOBS, John Debney
  • KAMASUTRA 3D, Sreejith Edavana and Saachin Raj Chelory
  • LABOR DAY, Rolfe Kent
  • LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, Rodrigo Leão
  • LIVE AT THE FOXES DEN, Jack Holmes
  • LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, Johan Söderqvist
  • MAMA, Fernando Velázquez
  • MAN OF STEEL, Hans Zimmer
  • MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, Alex Heffes
  • THE MISSING PICTURE, Marc Marder
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, Randy Newman
  • THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Atli Örvarsson
  • MUD, David Wingo
  • MURPH: THE PROTECTOR, Chris Irwin and Jeff Widenhofer
  • NOW YOU SEE ME, Brian Tyler
  • OBLIVION, Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese
  • OLDBOY, Roque Baños
  • OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, Trevor Morris
  • OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Danny Elfman
  • PACIFIC RIM, Ramin Djawadi
  • PAIN & GAIN, Steve Jablonsky
  • PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Andrew Lockington
  • PHILOMENA, Alexandre Desplat
  • THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, Mike Patton
  • PLANES, Mark Mancina
  • PRISONERS, Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • R.I.P.D., Christophe Beck
  • REACHING FOR THE MOON, Marcelo Zarvos
  • ROMEO & JULIET, Abel Korzeniowski
  • RUNNER RUNNER, Christophe Beck
  • RUSH, Hans Zimmer
  • SAFE HAVEN, Deborah Lurie
  • SALINGER, Lorne Balfe
  • SAVING MR. BANKS, Thomas Newman
  • THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, Theodore Shapiro
  • SHORT TERM 12, Joel P. West
  • SIDE EFFECTS, Thomas Newman
  • THE SMURFS 2, Heitor Pereira
  • THE SPECTACULAR NOW, Rob Simonsen
  • STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Michael Giacchino
  • STOKER, Clint Mansell
  • THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Brian Tyler
  • TIM’S VERMEER, Conrad Pope
  • TRANCE, Rick Smith
  • TURBO, Henry Jackman
  • 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Hans Zimmer
  • 2 GUNS, Clinton Shorter
  • THE ULTIMATE LIFE, Mark McKenzie
  • UNFINISHED SONG, Laura Rossi
  • WADJDA, Max Richter
  • WALKING WITH DINOSAURS, Paul Leonard-Morgan
  • WARM BODIES, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS, Will Bates
  • WE’RE THE MILLERS, Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Goransson
  • WHAT MAISIE KNEW, Nick Urata
  • WHY WE RIDE, Stevne Gutheinz
  • THE WIND RISES, Joe Hisaishi
  • WINNIE MANDELA, Laurent Eyquem
  • THE WOLVERINE, Marco Beltrami

What would you nominate out of this list?

About Jim Lochner

Jim has been writing about film music for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Music from The University of Texas (Austin), both in Clarinet Performance. He has written soundtrack CD liner notes for Intrada, Varèse Sarabande Records, Film Score Monthly, La-La Land Records and Disques Cinemusique. Jim has been a bimonthly guest on BBC-Kent’s Drive Home at the Movies radio program and has been interviewed by a number of online and print outlets, including The Toronto Globe and Mail and the Los Angeles Times. Jim served as the managing editor of Film Score Monthly Online (FSMOnlineMag.com) and is currently writing a book on Charlie Chaplin's film music. For more information, visit JimLochner.com.

4 comments

  1. I think Thomas Newman’s score for “Saving Mr. Banks” is a guarateed nominee. Some of his finest work is on display here in distinct Tomasian mode.

  2. My short list:

    The Book Thief — Williams

    The Hobbit: The Desolation fo Smaug — Shore

    Star Trek Into Darkness — Giacchino

    Saving Mr. Banks — Newman, T.

    Oz the Great and Powerful — Elfman

    12 Years a Slave — Zimmer

  3. Just finished listening to Alexandre Desplat’s score for PHILOMENA. Another sure shot nominee. I must say, contrary to David Naden’s comment, that I was not impressed with John Williams’ THE BOOK THIEF. It’s not a bad piece of work, it’s just that it doesn’t touch on any new ground and, while I admire and laud the master, I wasn’t particularly challenged by his score. It sounds recycled. Hope this doesn’t cause offence.

  4. Hans Zimmer’s score for 12 YEARS A SLAVE was a too electronic in places where a violin or oboe would have worked wonders (Where’s Morricone when you need him). If he secures a nomination, I’ll go hungry for a day! This trend of aural scaping (using music as a mere element of sound design rather than as a distinct feature of a production) is killing traditional film scoring.

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