As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.
While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.
The Way premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, rolled out in a few European countries in the months since, and will finally premiere here in the U.S. on October 7. That means it’s time for the first domestic trailer from Arc Entertainment. The behind-the-scenes hook is the father/son teamup of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Estevez directed The Way, and has a supporting role as Sheen’s son in front of the camera, but Sheen is the clear star. The son is dies in a storm while walking the Way of Saint James, and the father travels to France to collect his remains: “Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his ‘California bubble life’ behind.” The role looks like a great showcase for Sheen, surrounded on his pilgrimage by Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, and Yorick van Wageningen. The IMDB score is high based on the European release, so this may be a small movie to keep an eye on. Watch the trailer after the jump.