Academy DQs scores for ‘Fighter,’ ‘Grit,’ ‘Kids’ and ‘Swan’

Posted by · 5:43 pm · December 20th, 2010

I had a bad feeling Carter Burwell’s work in “True Grit” was going to get the axe from a consistently dubious music branch, and so it has. Along with three other hopefuls.

Variety is reporting that Burwell’s score and Clint Mansell’s for “Black Swan” were nixed due to being overwhelmed by pre-existing music (19th century hymns with the former, Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” with the latter). Additionally, the scores from Burwell on “The Kids Are All Right” and Michael Brook “The Fighter” got the boot because of an abundance of songs.

We’ve been expecting some kind of ruling on this year’s crop of contenders. It’s a shame, as always, that well-regarded original material has to be penalized due to rules like this, but it’s their game and they’ll play it how they want.  Thursday we’ll feature an interview with Burwell and you can hear the thought process that went into the score for “True Grit.” Until then, chew on this.

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

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  • 1 12-21-2010 at 10:38 am

    Parrill said...

    King’s Speech barely had a score and what was there certainly wasn’t remarkable.

  • 2 12-21-2010 at 11:55 am

    Speaking English said...

    Don’t agree. “The King’s Speech” has a delightful score that’s quite memorable. Check it out on YouTube.

  • 3 12-22-2010 at 7:08 am

    Maxim said...

    Joe S –

    Could you please pay attention to the topic at hand? I think the quote I used and response I have made to it make it pretty clear that I was questioning the validity of it being “the greatest modern score”. So please save those lists, especially if they come from “London’s Daily Telegraph”.

    I am well aware of the score’s understandable standing. I will still argue about it being the best modern score. But then, I tend to think Naqqoyqatsi as a candidate for that honor.

    And on to your second point – where have I made any statements considering what the voters voted for? All I have said was that the guy was a deserving winner. If you are going to throw around words like “naive”, you could at least consider what I’ve actually meant and what is included on soundtrack albums sent to the Music Branch.

    That said, I agree that subjectively speaking it’s hard to separate the songs from the score and those probably have had an influence on what won. So I agree with you there.

  • 4 12-23-2010 at 8:40 am

    Maxim said...

    And, generally speaking, I think people are too high on the scores that they perceive to be innovative and modern (I wonder how they feel about Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire”).

    If Elfman’s “Alice in Wonderland” does get nominated, it wouldn’t be a travesty. It’s a good score, actually. And it’s not like the guy has been spoiled by the Academy or anything.

    Back to Burwell, maybe he’ll get to have his “LOTR” moment. I hope he does.

    Not that getting into the club has done much for Shore’s great not LOTR work.

  • 5 12-23-2010 at 9:29 am

    JJ1 said...

    I think Elfman’s Alice score is one of the better compositions of the year.

  • 6 12-28-2010 at 7:27 am

    pranjil agrawal said...

    frnds don’t forget A R RAHMAN (composer of slumdog millionaire) for 127 HOURS so original and so much related to the film and its character. it is so much meditative music yet sticking to basic principle to express the protagonist’s character at its best. and A R RAHMAN delivers it impeccably.He’s brilliant music take time to grow on you but once you get it, you would just one thing, LOVE IT. LISTEN IT MORE AND MORE and you would crazy.