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Academy Reveals 104 Eligible Original Scores for 2012 Oscar Race

by Anne Thompson
December 10, 2012 5:52 PM
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Alexandre Desplat is 51 years old and has composed some 130 movie scores. He's been nominated four times. This year they include three of the 104 eligible Oscar features: "Argo," "Rise of the Guardians," and "Zero Dark Thirty." His score for "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Rust and Bone" didn't get through the Academy's strict eligibility requirements (see below.) Here's TOH's interview.

Desplat is a potential final five contender--if he doesn't cancel himself out as he did last year--along with Oscar perennials John Williams ("Lincoln"), Danny Elfman ("Frankenweenie," "Hitchcock," "Dark Shadows," "Men in Black III," "Promised Land"), Hans Zimmer ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Thomas Newman ("Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Skyfall") and Patrick Doyle ("Brave").

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

       "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Henry Jackman, composer
       "After the Wizard," Stephen Main, composer
       "Alex Cross," John Debney and Sebastian Morton, composers
       "The Amazing Spider-Man," James Horner, composer
       "Anna Karenina," Dario Marianelli, composer
       "Argo," Alexandre Desplat, composer
       "Battleship," Steve Jablonsky, composer
       "The Bay," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
       "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, composers
       "Being Flynn," Damon Gough, composer
       "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Thomas Newman, composer
       "Big Miracle," Cliff Eidelman, composer
       "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," David Cieri, composer

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  • Timothy | December 14, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Go Jamie Hall for WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY. Catch the movie in its qualifying run at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena Dec 18-24.

  • Susan Goforth | December 14, 2012 8:04 PMReply

    Congratulations Jamie Hall for being in the top 104! Your emotional music in the motion picture WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY completes the picture, compliments the story and is, overall, a great triumph!

  • Pedro Canhenha | December 11, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    I love Alexandre Desplat's work but his score for "Argo" was basically the same one he did for Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" from 2004.

  • Kelli | December 11, 2012 10:10 AMReply

    Doesn't Skyfall use some undertones from previous Bond films? Or am I imagining that...?

  • Damien | December 11, 2012 6:35 AMReply

    @ ALEX: Taken doesn't feature music from Drive. It features 2 songs that were also featured in Drive. But what is nominated here isn't the songs but the score written for the film!

  • alex | December 11, 2012 4:04 AMReply

    why is Taken 2 eligible? it had music from drive

  • Nick | December 10, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    Why isn't Tom Tykwer listed as one of Cloud Atlas' composers?

  • Gary | December 10, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    No Paranorman? Boooooo. Jon Brion deserves some cred.

  • Ryan | December 10, 2012 11:42 PM

    I totally agree. His score is one of my favorites for 2012.

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