‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘The Hateful Eight’ Make List of Oscar-Eligible Scores

With awards season in full swing, we’ve already seen plenty of critics associations name their picks of the best of the year, but there’s still plenty left to come in the weeks before the 88th Academy Awards air on February 28, 2016. So far, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the shortlists for Best Documentary and Best VFX, and today brings the announcement of the 112 film scores that have been deemed eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar.

The list is packed with heavy hitters in the field, including John Williams‘ return to a galaxy far far away with his Star Wars: The Force Awakens score, Ennio Morricone‘s return to the western genre for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight, and the final three score from late composer James Horner: The 33, Wolf Totem, and Southpaw. Both Morricone and Williams’ eligibility for the prize was uncertain before the announcement given that both scores utilize themes from previous films. The Force Awakens naturally pulls from Williams’ prior work on the franchise, while a portion of Morricone’s score was originally written but never used for John Carpenter‘s The Thing. Ultimately, it was decided that both of the legendary composers’ scores contained enough new material to qualify for the award.

Other standouts include Danny Elfman for The End of the Tour, Johan Johansson for Sicario, Michael Giacchino for Inside Out, and Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL for Mad Max: Fury Road. The final five nominees will be announced on January 14th. Here are all 112 Best Original Score hopefuls:


 

“Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

“The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

“Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

“Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

“Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

“Beasts of No Nation,” Dan Romer, composer

“The Big Short,” Nicholas Britell, composer

“Black Mass,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

“Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman, composer

“Brooklyn,” Michael Brook, composer

“Burnt,” Rob Simonsen, composer

“By the Sea,” Gabriel Yared, composer

“Carol,” Carter Burwell, composer

“Cartel Land,” H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers

“Chi-Raq,” Terence Blanchard, composer

“Cinderella,” Patrick Doyle, composer

“Coming Home,” Qigang Chen, composer

“Concussion,” James Newton Howard, composer

“Creed,” Ludwig Goransson, composer

“The Danish Girl,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” Joseph Trapanese, composer

“Dukhtar,” Peter Nashel, composer

“The End of the Tour,” Danny Elfman, composer

“Everest,” Dario Marianelli, composer

“Ex Machina,” Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, composers

“Far from the Madding Crowd,” Craig Armstrong, composer

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” Danny Elfman, composer


 

“5 Flights Up,” David Newman, composer

“Frame by Frame,” Patrick Jonsson, composer

“Freedom,” James Lavino, composer

“Furious Seven,” Brian Tyler, composer

“The Good Dinosaur,” Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers

“Goosebumps,” Danny Elfman, composer

“Grandma,” Joel P. West, composer

“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone, composer

“He Named Me Malala,” Thomas Newman, composer

“Hot Pursuit,” Christophe Beck, composer

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” Christophe Beck, composer

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” James Newton Howard, composer

“The Hunting Ground,” Miriam Cutler, composer

“I Smile Back,” Zack Ryan, composer

“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” Keegan DeWitt, composer

“In the Heart of the Sea,” Roque Baños, composer

“Inside Out,” Michael Giacchino, composer

“The Intern,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

“It Follows,” Disasterpeace, composer

Jalam,” Ouesppachan, composer

“Jurassic World,” Michael Giacchino, composer

“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” Gabriel Yared, composer

“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson, composers

“Krampus,” Douglas Pipes, composer

“La Jaula de Oro,” Jacobo Lieberman and Leonardo Heiblum, composers

“The Lady in the Van,” George Fenton, composer

“The Last Witch Hunter,” Steve Jablonsky, composer

“Learning to Drive,” Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks, composers

“Legend,” Carter Burwell, composer

“Little Accidents,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

“The Longest Ride,” Mark Isham, composer

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” Daniel Pemberton, composer


 

“The Martian,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer

“Max,” Trevor Rabin, composer

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” John Paesano, composer

“Meru,” J. Ralph, composer

“Minions,” Heitor Pereira, composer

“Mr. Holmes,” Carter Burwell, composer

“Mistress America,” Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, composers

“My All American,” John Paesano, composer

Nachom-ia Kumpasar,” Ronnie Monsorate, composer

“99 Homes,” Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales, composers

“Our Brand Is Crisis,” David Wingo, composer

“Pan,” John Powell, composer

“Paper Towns,” Son Lux, composer

“Paranoid Girls,” Javier del Santo, composer

“Pawn Sacrifice,” James Newton Howard, composer

“The Peanuts Movie,” Christophe Beck, composer

“Pixels,” Henry Jackman, composer

“Poached,” Mark Orton, composer

“Pod,” Giona Ostinelli, composer

“Poltergeist,” Marc Streitenfeld, composer

“Racing Extinction,” J. Ralph, composer

“Room,” Stephen Rennicks, composer

“Salt Bridge,” Marciano Telese, composer

“San Andreas,” Andrew Lockington, composer

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Thomas Newman, composer

“Set Fire to the Stars,” Gruff Rhys, composer

“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

“Sicario,” Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer

“Southpaw,” James Horner, composer


 

“Spectre,” Thomas Newman, composer

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water,” John Debney, composer

“Spotlight,” Howard Shore, composer

“Spy,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams, composer

“Steve Jobs,” Daniel Pemberton, composer

“Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans,” Jim Copperthwaite, composer

“Stonewall,” Rob Simonsen, composer

“Suffragette,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

“Taken 3,” Nathaniel Mechaly, composer

“Ted 2,” Walter Murphy, composer

“Testament of Youth,” Max Richter, composer

“The 33,” James Horner, composer

“Tomorrowland,” Michael Giacchino, composer

“True Story,” Marco Beltrami, composer

“Trumbo,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

“Truth,” Brian Tyler, composer

“Victor Frankenstein,” Craig Armstrong, composer

“The Walk,” Alan Silvestri, composer

“The Water Diviner,” David Hirschfelder, composer

“Wolf Totem,” James Horner, composer

“Z for Zachariah,” Heather McIntosh, composer


 

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