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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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       "Brave," Patrick Doyle, composer
       "Brooklyn Castle," B. Satz, composer
       "Chasing Ice," J. Ralph, composer
       "Chasing Mavericks," Chad Fischer, composer
       "Chicken with Plums," Olivier Bernet, composer
       "Chimpanzee," Nicholas Hooper, composer
       "Cloud Atlas," Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, composers
       "Compliance," Heather McIntosh, composer
       "Contraband," Clinton Shorter, composer
       "The Dark Knight Rises," Hans Zimmer, composer
       "Dark Shadows," Danny Elfman, composer
       "Darling Companion," James Newton Howard, composer
       "Deadfall," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
       "The Dictator," Erran Baron Cohen, composer
       "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," John Powell, composer
       "End of Watch," David Sardy, composer
       "Ethel," Miriam Cutler, composer
       "Flight," Alan Silvestri, composer
       "For a Good Time, Call..." John Swihart, composer
       "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada," James Horner, composer
       "Frankenweenie," Danny Elfman, composer
       "Fun Size," Deborah Lurie, composer
       "Girl in Progress," Christopher Lennertz, composer
       "The Grey," Marc Streitenfeld, composer
       "The Guilt Trip," Christophe Beck, composer
       "Hidden Moon," Luis Bacalov, composer
       "Hitchcock," Danny Elfman, composer
       "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Howard Shore, composer
       "Hotel Transylvania," Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
       "House at the End of the Street," Theo Green, composer
       "The Hunger Games," James Newton Howard, composer
       "Hyde Park on Hudson," Jeremy Sams, composer
       "Ice Age Continental Drift," John Powell, composer
       "The Impossible," Fernando Velázquez, composer
       "Jack Reacher," Joe Kraemer, composer
       "John Carter," Michael Giacchino, composer
       "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," Andrew Lockington, composer
       "Lawless," Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, composers
       "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna, composer
       "Lincoln," John Williams, composer
       "Lola Versus," Will Bates and Philip Mossman, composers
       "Looper," Nathan Johnson, composer
       "The Lucky One," Mark Isham, composer
       "LUV," Nuno Malo, composer
       "The Man with the Iron Fists," RZA and Howard Drossin, composers
       "Marvel's The Avengers," Alan Silvestri, composer
       "The Master," Jonny Greenwood, composer
       "Men in Black 3," Danny Elfman, composer
       "Middle of Nowhere," Kathryn Bostic, composer
       "Mirror Mirror," Alan Menken, composer
       "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," Geoff Zanelli, composer
       "On the Road," Gustavo Santaolalla, composer
       "The Pardon," Ashley Irwin, composer
       "Parental Guidance," Marc Shaiman, composer
       "People Like Us," A.R. Rahman, composer
       "The Possession," Anton Sanko, composer
       "Prometheus," Marc Streitenfeld, composer
       "Promised Land," Danny Elfman, composer
       "The Raid: Redemption," Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese, composers
       "Red Tails," Terence Blanchard, composer
       "Rise of the Guardians," Alexandre Desplat, composer
       "Ruby Sparks," Nick Urata, composer
       "Safe House," Ramin Djawadi, composer
       "Safety Not Guaranteed," Ryan Miller, composer
       "Saint Dracula," Sreevalsan J. Menon, composer
       "Savages," Adam Peters, composer
       "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff, composers
       "The Sessions," Marco Beltrami, composer
       "Sinister," Christopher Young, composer
       "Skyfall," Thomas Newman, composer
       "Smashed," Eric D. Johnson and Andy Cabic, composers
       "Snow White and the Huntsman," James Newton Howard, composer
       "Taken 2," Nathaniel Mechaly, composer
       "Ted," Walter Murphy, composer
       "Think Like a Man," Christopher Lennertz, composer
       "This Means War," Christophe Beck, composer
       "A Thousand Words," John Debney, composer
       "The Three Stooges," John Debney, composer
       "Trashed," Vangelis, composer
       "Trouble with the Curve," Marco Beltrami, composer
       "21 Jump Street," Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
       "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," Carter Burwell, composer
       "Until They Are Home," Jamie Dunlap, composer
       "War of the Worlds The True Story," Jamie Hall, composer
       "The Watch," Christophe Beck, composer
       "West of Memphis," Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, composers
       "Where Do We Go Now?" Khaled Mouzanar, composer
       "Won't Back Down," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
       "The Words," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
       "Wreck-It Ralph," Henry Jackman, composer
       "Zero Dark Thirty," Alexandre Desplat, composer

The Academy will send a reminder list of works submitted in the Original Score category with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who will vote in the order of their preference for no more than five; they ones with the most votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award, which will be announced on January 10, 2013.

The Academy has strict rules for eligibility:  "the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.  Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible."

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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.