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Monday, January 21, 2008

Why Greenwood's Score Was Disqualified!

As I wrote earlier, Jonny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood has been disqualified for a possible nomination for an Academy Award tomorrow. Kris Tapley, of Variety, reported this today. You can read the whole article HERE.

Basically, the score was ineligible due to Rule 16 of the Academy's Special Rules for Music Awards. It excludes "scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music." He did use about 35 minutes of original material and about 46 minutes of pre-existing work.

Paramount Vantage was notified of the decision on January 19th, but the annoying part of the whole situation was why notify them so late? For example, Into the Wild (also ineligible) was notified far in advance, but Blood was notified last minute. This left no time to even possibly appeal.

For those who saw Blood, know that the score was amazing. I actually had it as my favorite to win the Oscar. I just thought it was that good of a score. Very disappointing for Greenwood and the film, but rules are rules. It's just too bad it was handled so poorly.

Also ruled eligible was Enchanted.

I will be posting my final nomination predictions later tonight.

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