Karen O, T Bone, Brian Eno Ineligible for Original Score Oscar
Given the very strict requirements that the Academy has for the Best Original Score section of the Oscars, we expected to see some upsetting news like this sooner or later. The Wrap is reporting that Karen O (of Where the Wild Things Are), T Bone Burnett (of Crazy Heart), and Brian Eno (of The Lovely Bones) are all ineligible for the Best Original Score Oscar. Eno and T Bone chose not to submit either of their scores for consideration, and Karen O did submit, but was later disqualified by the Academy's music brand. For fans of any of these films, this is quite a let down, especially because I know all three of them had great music.
Besides those three, 81 other scores did qualify, which actually makes the category the "smallest field among the 15 categories for which ballots went out last week." I'm sure a great score will win in the end, but it's sad to see those three great scores in particular end up ineligible. The rule which disqualifies many composers is the one that states: "[S]cores 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." And when you've got pop musicians composing film scores, that seems to happen very often.
The Wrap also says that Carter Burwell (The Blind Side), Nicholas Hooper (Half-Blood Prince), Erran Baron Cohen (Bruno) and actor Jason Schwartzman (Funny People) also had music that was considered ineligible for Best Original Score. The few of you that have seen Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart may be upset to hear that most of the music in it, which was mostly written for that film, won't be eligible for Oscar consideration, but they still can submit a few of Bridges' songs for Best Original Song. I guess it's not a complete loss? Now you know why some of these scores sadly won't get a nomination. So what's your favorite score of 2009?