My question is, what are the rules for eligibility for the Best Original Score?
The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King won Score even tough it had a lot of themes from the previous movies. It was eligible.
Same for Star Wars. How do the Academy decide?
For instance. Alan Menken is scoring the live action Beauty and the Beast. It will have new music but it will also have a lot of the classic animation motives. Will it be eligible?
From the AMPAS rulebook:
A score shall not be eligible if:
1. it has been diluted by the use of pre-existing music, or
2. it has been diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs or any music not composed specifically for the film by the submitting composer, or
3. it has been assembled from the music of more than one composer.
Scores for sequels written by the same composer as the original are always eligible unless there is not enough new material to justify it, I presume. I seem to remember there was controversy in 2002 when the rules were different, so The Two Towers and The Chamber of Secrets were not eligible, but then they changed it the year after which is why The Return of the King got in. But John Williams had been nominated for Star Wars sequels prior to that, so it’s all very confusing.
So since Alan Menken is the same composer who did the original music, if there is enough new material he can get in?
This is confusing!
If Toy Story 2 or 3 couldn’t be eligible, I don’t think live-action Beauty and the Beast will, unless they completely revamp the score, which is unlikely since the music is iconic!