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Academy Reveals 104 Eligible Original Scores for 2012 Oscar Race

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2012 at 5:52PM

Alexandre Desplat is 51 years old and has composed some 130 movie scores. This year they include three of the 104 eligible Oscar features: "Argo," "Rise of the Guardians," and "Zero Dark Thirty."
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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

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Lincoln, Argo, Brave


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.