The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the Best Original Score race…to 104 entries. The Academy has shortlisted over 100 scores from 2012 that are eligible to compete for the gold on Oscar night, including three from Alexandre Desplat alone (Argo, Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty). Every year there are a few scores that are ruled ineligible for one reason or another, and this year those ineligible films include The Bourne Legacy, Moonrise Kingdom, and Rust and Bone.
For my money, the standouts of 2012 were Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises. I have a feeling Howard Shore’s work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will end up being a favorite of mine as well. Hit the jump to check out the full list of 104 eligible scores, and leave thoughts on your personal favorites from 2012 in the comments section. The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th, followed by the ceremony on February 24th.