The Academy Reverses its Decision - Dark Knight Score Back In?

December 8, 2008
Source: LA Times

The Dark Knight Score

On the eve of the debut of The Dark Knight on Blu-Ray, Patrick Goldstein at the LA Times claims that the AMPAS has decided to reverse its decision to disqualify Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for The Dark Knight from Oscar consideration. In November, the Academy ruled to disqualify the score because the cue sheets contained five names even though they were identified as contributors and included for royalty reasons. The Academy's music branch "sees this as an award, like cinematography or directing, where you want to award a single creator… Except for extraordinary circumstances, it's an award that should go to one person." Maybe this is one of those extraordinary circumstances?

Goldstein says that he has seen an Academy release saying that "its music branch executive committee voted to change the decision last Friday." While it's not officially confirmed by the Academy, Goldstein does seem quite confident that they have reversed their decision. Either this is just a big coincidence or a great last minute publicity stunt, because the new two-disc special edition of the soundtrack hits shelves tomorrow, along with the DVD/Blu-Ray. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the new special edition soundtrack, because Zimmer and Howard deserve a bit of financial credit for their extraordinary work. And hopefully this news turns out to be true so that we can root for them next February at the Oscars!

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I realy hope they did, it was a great score and deserves to be recognized.

Derek on Dec 8, 2008


Ah the plot thickens.

Waynson on Dec 8, 2008


thats my good news for the day

dave on Dec 8, 2008



Scott McHenry on Dec 8, 2008


I was really hoping it would be the Riddler in the 3rd installment. Hopefully they won't try and squeeze 2 or 3 bad guys in the next one. It just seems that if the Penguin is in the next one, they're just going off of Burton's ideas.

wm on Dec 8, 2008


Batman Rules!

Anon. on Dec 8, 2008


I was just listening the soundtrack when I found out...It seems to may that TDK is going to be something we (well, most of us) wanted...even bigger success XD

m4st4 on Dec 9, 2008


i know this is good news for the dark knight, but the thing about the re- release of the dark knight in january, makes warner bros. look like douche bags. we all know avatar is going to take the highest grossing movie ever.

Darrin on Dec 9, 2008


Maybe this is a sign of things to come at awards show.

Joker on Dec 9, 2008


Well, it's about time!!! This shouldn't have even been a debate. This better be true. They deserve to have that music recognized. Maybe, Hollywood, grew a pair and realized they should reward good instead of bad. Sound familiar? P.S.: That "penguin" site I believe is a fake. Someone made that one up. They wouldn't put anything up that fast. I still think they don't know what they are going to do with the next one. Let's just all be cool, and wait.

Brian on Dec 9, 2008

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