Notes on a Season
January 21, 2008
Two music scores have reportedly been nixed from consideration for tomorrow's Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score category.
Jonny Greenwood's critically acclaimed work for "There Will Be Blood," which many pundits thought would be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod, has been ruled ineligible, sources have told The Envelope, because "the majority of the music was not composed specifically for the film."
Also reportedly ruled out by the academy's music branch is eight-time winner Alan Menken's "Enchanted," for the "predominant use of songs." It was after Menken kept winning the Oscar for his song-laden Disney scores ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast") that the academy's music peer group decided some changes were in order to favor composers who focus on the business of dramatic scoring, not use of songs.
In 1995 they segregated dramatic scores by creating a category for Best Musical or Comedy Score (Menken won it that year for "Pocahontas"), but they eliminated it after the 1998 Oscars.
Also, in previous years the academy had a category for Adaptation and Song Scores, which might have helped both "Blood" and "Enchanted," but the category has been dormant since 1984.