News Nuggets: Cliff Martinez disqualified for ‘Drive’ music score

97 music scores are eligible for Oscar consideration: “Ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.” DEADLINE

Drive” is among the film scores disqualified from Oscar consideration: “The notable exclusions this year are work from Cliff Martinez (‘Drive’), Howard Shore (‘A Dangerous Method‘), Christophe Beck (‘The Muppets‘) and Alexandre Desplat (‘A Better Life‘). Each, however, is in the race elsewhere, but it’s unfortunate in the case of the latter as it is one of Desplat’s two best stabs in an accomplished and prolific year.” IN CONTENTION

Glenn Close will receive 2012 Matrix Award: “New York Women in Communications will present the 2012 Matrix Awards on April 23, 2012, at the Waldorf-Astoria to honor eight women who have established themselves in the communications industry. This year’ honorees include Tyra Banks, Chairwoman, CEO & Chief Creative Officer of Bankable Incorporated; Gayle Butler, EVP of Meredith Creative Content and editor in chief of Better Homes & Gardens; Glenn Close, actress/producer, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Bring Change 2 Mind; Maria Cuomo Cole, film producer and Chairman of HELP USA; Ann Curry, Emmy-Award winning co-anchor, “Today” and correspondent; Laura Desmond, Global CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group; Zenia Mucha, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer of The Walt Disney Company; and Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author.” PLAYBILL

Alliance for Women Film Journalists snub female directors: “It’s kind of astonishing, really.  I suppose to have nominated a single one affirmative action would have had to be in play.  With the exception of no Rooney Mara in Lead Actress (epic fail) these aren’t bad nominations. Gotta hand it to the women for having a pretty awesome ballot [full disclosure, I am a voting member of this group. It’s the only group I belong to, although I did participate in Indiewire’s critic poll, even though I’m not a critic – of course I voted for Rooney Mara, and Fincher and ‘Dragon Tattoo’ — alas].” AWARDS DAILY

Director Stephen Daldry will be honored at the Palm Springs Film Festival: “Daldry will be honored as Director of the Year for his work on ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘ at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. ‘Stephen Daldry has garnered international acclaim as a director, bringing his consummate skill to both the cinema and stage,’ festival chairman Harold Matzner said.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Some awards snubs are more meaningful than others: “But what can you do in a year of such strong movies? There are bound to be casualties. Besides, what is a snub? Some reports would imply that the HFPA – the group of 90 overseas journalists writing about Hollywood in LA – has ganged up against certain titles. Having been a voting member of the HFPA for more than a decade, I can tell you it doesn’t work that way. You vote in a vacuum and most members have strong opinions about their preferences which are not swayed by any group lobbying. Many was the year I cringed at some of the films apparently ‘snubbed’ by the HFPA but there is no collective snubbing, just a majority swing towards certain films in the balloting process.” SCREEN DAILY

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