‘Black Swan’ and ‘True Grit’ Scores Disqualified from the Oscar Race

‘The Kids Are All Right’ and ‘The Fighter’ scores are also in violation of the Academy’s rules and won’t be eligible.

The Black Swan original score will not be eligible for The Academy Awards
The Black Swan original score will not be eligible for The Academy Awards
Variety reports that the musical scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right have been disqualified from consideration for the Best Original Score at The Academy Awards.

The Black Swan and True Grit scores are ineligible because they are, "diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music," according to a source. The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right scores are, "diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs," which goes against the Academy's strict music rules.

Clint Mansell's score for Black Swan is mainly adapted from the Tchaikofsky ballet Swan Lake, while Carter Burwell's True Grit is largely based on 19th Century hymns and wasn't "original" enough for the Academy. Carter Burwell also scored The Kids Are All Right, where the use of original songs took too much away from the score, like Michael Brook's score for The Fighter.

Black Swan was released December 3rd, 2010 and stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky.

True Grit was released December 22nd, 2010 and stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld, Paul Rae, Ed Corbin. The film is directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.

The Fighter was released December 10th, 2010 and stars Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Dendrie Taylor, Jack McGee, Jenna Lamia, Bianca Hunter. The film is directed by David O. Russell.

The Kids Are All Right was released July 9th, 2010 and stars Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta, Kunal Sharma, Eddie Hassell. The film is directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

Sources: Variety

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Comments (21)

  1. Dan

    Best Picture race:
    1. The Social Network
    2. The Social Network
    3. The Social Network
    4. The Social Network
    5. The Social Network
    6. The Social Network
    7. The Social Network
    8. The Social Network
    9. The Social Network
    10. The Social Network

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  2. ZanyZap

    Best Picture race:
    1. The Social Network
    2. ...The Social Network
    3. The King's Speech
    4/5. Black Swan & The Fighter

    (Not my opinion. The Academy's).

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  3. moviegeek

    @Supes Exactly. I can't think of the last time I actually didn't know the outcome of Best Picture. I know Crash was a bit of an upset over Brokeback Mountain, but no one really cared too much about any of the films nominated that year. I want a year with several popular (yet still worthy) nominees that are all vying for the win. Not one winner and nine nominees. Ugh. I have my fingers crossed that next year will provide just that. 2011 will be the critically praised storm of a year :D Wait for it!

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  4. Dan

    I like a close race, where the outcome cannot be predicted at all. One movie dominating is a snooze fest. The only time I've liked a shut out at the Oscars was with LOTR ROTK because it was like the Academy was waiting for the final film to be released before they really lavished the trilogy with its due praise. I didn't have a problem with that, because it was 3 years coming.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. Josh

    TSN deserves to win most things.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. Daveactor7

    There are still other categories to look forwards too

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  7. Dan

    @moviegeek1 I know... Oscars are gonna be boring to watch, with TSN and TS3 predictably winning between live action and animation.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. Daveactor7

    @moviegeek1 lol you never know.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  9. moviegeek

    TSN is going to sweep most everything. It irritates me.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  10. Daveactor7

    And they think that Hans Zimmers score for inception is original? It sounds like most of his other works...

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  11. Daveactor7

    Wow i wonder if Daft Punk got a nomination lol :P

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  12. the Narrator

    Wow, my comment below had a lot of typos. :P

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. Worth5Bucks

    @Narrator agreed

    4 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  14. Courtney O.

    Oh well

    4 years agoby @chickflickFlag

  15. the Narrator

    That sucks an. I too hard great things about TG and BS. Balls. Here's hoping Hans Zimmer gets it for Inception. Fantastic score; rigid and raw.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. Cripple

    Clint Mansell's score for Black Swan was one of the best of the year. I'm sure Carter Burwell did a very great job as well, I am seeing True Grit at midnight, I will know for sure then. This is very unfortunate news.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  17. Messenger

    I've never cared about awards, the couple that I've won I've hated to attend to receive them. But kudos to those who win and win big!

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  18. ZanyZap

    Black Swan had a phenomenal score. More love for The Social Network? :P

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  19. Dan

    They can make up for it by giving Portman her Oscar. That, or I'll be pissed.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  20. Diaigma

    Wow. That really bites. I've heard amazing things about True Grit's score, as well : /

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  21. Dan

    Well that sucks. I just admonished in my review that it deserved a win for that (Black Swan). Stupid rules :P It's a winner in my mind, regardless of how the Academy sees it.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

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