Pixar's "Toy Story 3" does not number among the 77 films with musical works in the hunt for Best Original Score at the Oscars. (Steve Pond counted them up over at The Wrap -- thanks, Steve.) Randy Newman chose not to submit his composition to the music branch of the academy. Newman has had seven unsuccessful bids in the various score categories over the years. Last year, his score for the Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog" was found to be ineligible. The winner was Michael Giacchino for Pixar's "Up."
Last week, three composers were ruled out of the running by their brethren: Carter Burwell won't contend at the Oscars for either "True Grit" or "The Kids Are All Right" while Clint Mansell won't for "Black Swan" and Michael Brook was ruled ineligible for "The Fighter." All four scores were found to rely too heavily on pre-exisitng music. In the case of "Black Swan," the score includes significant samples of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" while "True Grit" makes use of many 19th century hymns. Both scores for "The Fighter" and "The Kids Are All Right" were found to be include too many old songs and not enough new music.
Among the films included on the reminder list sent out with the ballots on Monday are frontrunners "The Illusionist" (Sylvain Chomet), "Inception" (Hans Zimmer), "The Social Network" (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and "TRON Legacay" (Daft Punk). And while three-time nominee Alexandre Desplat contends for three of his 2010 efforts -- "The Ghost Writer," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)" and "The King's Speech" -- he decided not to enter "Tamara Drewe" into the derby.
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