‘Wild Things,’ ‘Crazy Heart’ ineligible for score Oscar

Posted by · 12:43 pm · January 4th, 2010

Where the Wild Things AreSteve Pond reports that Karen O and Carter Burwell’s wonderful, Golden Globe-nominated score for “Where the Wild Things Are” has been disqualified for Best Original Score by the Academy’s music branch. T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton’s “Crazy Heart” score, which has taken several critics’ prizes, will not compete either.

It’s hardly a surprise, given that both are largely song-based scores — not that that stopped “Slumdog Millionaire” qualifying last year. But it is disappointing, particularly for the former film, which was campaigning for a nomination in the category. (Fox Searchlight, presumably anticipating a disqualification, didn’t bother listing Original Score in the FYC ads for “Crazy Heart.”)

Also out of the race is “The Lovely Bones,” though that is by composer Brian Eno’s own volition. Pond has the details, as well as a list of the 81 films that did qualify for the category, here.




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  • 1 1-04-2010 at 12:51 pm

    George said...

    Well here’s hoping Where the Wild Things Are will still get an Original Song nomination.

  • 2 1-04-2010 at 1:09 pm

    Chase K. said...

    Not that I feel something special for the scores of “Where the Wild Things Are” or “Crazy Heart,” but the Academy always awards this category to the most vanilla, nondescript scores every year.

    It’ll probably go to James Horner’s bland, tasteless tribal drums “I See You” score from “Avatar.” They screw this up every year.

    Just look at 2007, when freaking “Michael Clayton” and “The Kite Runner” were recognized over Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ “Assassination of Jesse James” score. And then “There Will Be Blood” was deemed ineligible.

  • 3 1-04-2010 at 1:20 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Boy, the music branch just sets out to ruin what it awards, year in and year out. Idiotic.

  • 4 1-04-2010 at 1:23 pm

    Ganonlink said...

    I don’t get it. How come The Princess and the Frog wasn’t disqualified as well? It’s a very song based score. Did they disqualified Enchanted for that very reason, even when the score was a lot less song based?

  • 5 1-04-2010 at 1:39 pm

    Yogsam said...

    I feel sad about “WTWTA” i really liked
    the score from Mr.Burwell, not that i think is the best of the year (‘cus its not for me)
    Anyway, i really don’t give a rat ass anymore about original score, they’ve been f*cking (sorry ! xD)
    up the category this last decade
    i mean “Slumdog” over “Ben Button?
    “Brokeback over “Munich” “P&P”??
    dear god “Babel” over f*cking “Good German” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”?????? O_O
    Sorry music branch, but you really don’t represent the guys like me that goes bananas over film music

  • 6 1-04-2010 at 1:45 pm

    david said...

    Best Score, and Best Song have really become a joke (not unlike the Best Foreign Film category).

    If some of the very best works aren’t getting nominated each year, then the “rules” that govern those categories need to be modified. Can’t something be done about this?? What needs to be done to get some changes made?? I mean if the Academy is willing to expand the Best Picture field to 10 films instead of 5, can’t something be done to make these other categories more relevant as well?? This just really ticks me off every year, even though it’s so predictable.

    Good for Brian Eno by the way…

  • 7 1-04-2010 at 1:47 pm

    red_wine said...

    Princess And The Frog has a solid 40 minutes of score on the soundtrack album. Thats more than enough. But it really seems like they made a special exception for Slumdog last year seeing as it only had about 10 minutes of original score. It was just swept in with everything else. Where The Wild things are received a lot of praise for its score.

    But wow Ponyo is eligible and I hope the branch has taste enough to nominate it. Star Trek too should be nominated and I hope Guy your prediction of a double dip for Giacchino comes true.

  • 8 1-04-2010 at 1:48 pm

    Yogsam said...

    I think that a double nomination for Giacchino will only benefit James Horner’s chances to win for “AVATAR”
    an i’m fine with that, because i love both of them!!! :3

  • 9 1-04-2010 at 1:52 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I’d definitely love to know why WTWTA was deemed ineligible. The only logical answer would be that they deemed there wasn’t a “substantial body of [score] music” (as their rules say) present in the film on account of the many original songs.

    That’s such an enormous shame though, I can understand it when a film uses a lot of non-original songs along with an original score since the “soundscape” of the film is more non-original than original, but to exclude WTWTA where every part of the music was written for the film is such a shame.

    Not to mention inexplicable when films like (500) Days of Summer and Up in the Air made the cut, both of whom use plenty of non-original music. I haven’t seen Up in the Air yet, but I have no memory at all of (500) Days of Summer even having a score!

  • 10 1-04-2010 at 2:15 pm

    Maxim said...

    Man, who does Carter Burwell have to sleep with in this town to get an Oscar nomination? Talk about underrated.

    And what gets me the most about the Academy’s rulings are inconsitencies. In theory I’m not opposed to what they are trying to do I just don’t like it when they throw out their own rules out of the window for no reason at all.

  • 11 1-04-2010 at 2:32 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    This was inevitable, but still painful. :(

  • 12 1-04-2010 at 4:17 pm

    McAllister said...

    While “The Road”‘s score is NO WHERE NEAR that of “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” I’d still like to see it get a nomination for Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

    I liked the score to “(500) Days of Summer” very much, but it’s really the eclectic soundtrack that gets all the notice. I didn’t even take much note of the score until probably the third time I saw the film.

    “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” HAS to get a nomination. Maybe Alexandre Desplat’s best work… since he was channelling the greatest film composer of all time, Ennio Morricone.

    It’s a shame that Ennio Morricone isn’t eligible for “Baaria.” I guess because there was no US release in 2009?

  • 13 1-04-2010 at 4:35 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    This fuckery is on par with that of The Hurt Locker. It’s apparently unkosher to allow incredible indie rock musicians to be properly recognized.

  • 14 1-04-2010 at 7:12 pm

    Sean Stangland said...

    This category finds a way to piss me off every year. Even in 2007, when the winner was actually the best, most memorable score (Dario Marianelli’s “Atonement”), Jonny Greenwood was disqualified for “There Will Be Blood.”

    This year I’ll be rooting for Giacchino all the way; his “Star Trek” is easily my favorite score of the year, and “Up” was no slouch. The least impressive thing about “Avatar” was its score, the latest in James Horner’s stretch of diminishing returns.

    The coolest possible dark-horse nominee? “Drag Me To Hell.” Those gypsy fiddles are as creepy as anything else in the movie.

  • 15 1-04-2010 at 8:48 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    dumb dumb dumb

  • 16 1-05-2010 at 12:47 pm

    Matt said...

    Idiotic. WTWTA not only has the best score and best song of the year, but is the best of the year. These idiots are out to destroy it for some unknown reason from the beginning. I can’t wait until five years from now when every one is wondering just why the hell any one didn’t understand the greatness of WTWTA in the first place.