114 Scores Eligible for Oscar Consideration Including Hans Zimmer’s MAN OF STEEL, John Williams’ THE BOOK THIEF, and Steven Price’s GRAVITY

     December 12, 2013


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the list of 114 original scores that are eligible for the Best Original Score Oscar.  Though John Williams has worked almost exclusively with Steven Spielberg for the past few years, he’s eligible this year for scoring director Brian Percival’s Holocaust film The Book Thief.  Prolific composer Hans Zimmer has three scores in the running with Rush, Man of Steel, and 12 Years a Slave, and other notable scores include Steven Price’s excellent Gravity, David Wingo’s work on Mud, Ramin Djawadi’s rocking Pacific Rim score, Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and the collaboration between Arcade Fire’s William Butler and musician Owen Pallett on Her.  Frustratingly, though, Steven Price’s The World’s End score appears to have been deemed ineligible, presumably due to the abundance of pre-existing tracks.

Hit the jump to see the full list of eligible scores and for my thoughts on the early Oscar favorites.  The 86th Academy Award nominations will be announced January 16th.

gravity-posterWith a whopping 48 nominations under his belt, John Williams feels like a safe bet to land a nod for The Book Thief, and Hans Zimmer seems likely to land at least one nomination—probably for 12 Years a Slave even though his best work of the year is RushRandy Newman is a possibility for Monsters University, and I expect Steven Price’s Gravity and Alex Ebert’s All Is Lost to be serious contenders given that both films rely heavily on music as a result of their lack of extensive dialogue.

Read the full list of eligible scores below, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the list and personal favorites from the year.  To catch up on all of our Oscar coverage in my Oscar Beat columns, click here.

The eligible scores (listed in alphabetical order by film title):

“Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

“All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

“Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

“The Armstrong Lie,” David Kahne, composer

“Arthur Newman,” Nick Urata, composer

“At Any Price,” Dickon Hinchliffe, composer

“Austenland,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

“Before Midnight,” Graham Reynolds, composer

“The Best Man Holiday,” Stanley Clarke, composer

“The Book Thief,” John Williams, composer

“The Butterfly’s Dream,” Rahman Altin, composer

“The Call,” John Debney, composer

“Captain Phillips,” Henry Jackman, composer

“Closed Circuit,” Joby Talbot, composer

“The Company You Keep,” Cliff Martinez, composer

“The Conjuring,” Joseph Bishara, composer

“Copperhead,” Laurent Eyquem, composer

“The Counselor,” Daniel Pemberton, composer

“The Croods,” Alan Silvestri, composer

“Despicable Me 2,” Heitor Pereira, composer

“Elysium,” Ryan Amon, composer

“Ender’s Game,” Steve Jablonsky, composer

“Enough Said,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

“Epic,” Danny Elfman, composer

“Ernest & Celestine,” Vincent Courtois, composer

“Escape from Planet Earth,” Aaron Zigman, composer

“Escape from Tomorrow,” Abel Korzeniowski, composer

“Evil Dead,” Roque Baños, composer

“47 Ronin,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

“42,” Mark Isham, composer

“Free Birds,” Dominic Lewis, composer

“Free China: The Courage to Believe,” Tony Chen, composer

“Fruitvale Station,” Ludwig Goransson, composer

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” Henry Jackman, composer

“Gangster Squad,” Steve Jablonsky, composer

“Gravity,” Steven Price, composer

“The Great Gatsby,” Craig Armstrong, composer

“The Hangover Part III,” Christophe Beck, composer

“Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters,” Atli Örvarsson, composer

“Haute Cuisine,” Gabriel Yared, composer

“Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett, composers

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Howard Shore, composer

“Hollywood Seagull,” Evgeny Shchukin, composer

“Hours,” Benjamin Wallfisch, composer

“How Sweet It Is,” Matt Dahan, composer

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” James Newton Howard, composer

“Identity Thief,” Christopher Lennertz, composer

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” Lyle Workman, composer

“Insidious: Chapter 2,” Joseph Bishara, composer

“Instructions Not Included,” Carlo Siliotto, composer

“The Internship,” Christophe Beck, composer

“The Invisible Woman,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

“Iron Man 3,” Brian Tyler, composer

“Jack the Giant Slayer,” John Ottman, composer

“Jobs,” John Debney, composer

“Kamasutra 3D,” Sreejith Edavana and Saachin Raj Chelory, composers

“Labor Day,” Rolfe Kent, composer

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Rodrigo Leão, composer

“Live at the Foxes Den,” Jack Holmes, composer

“Love Is All You Need,” Johan Söderqvist, composer

“Mama,” Fernando Velázquez, composer

“Man of Steel,” Hans Zimmer, composer

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Alex Heffes, composer

“The Missing Picture,” Marc Marder, composer

“Monsters University,” Randy Newman, composer

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Atli Örvarsson, composer

“Mud,” David Wingo, composer

“Murph: The Protector,” Chris Irwin and Jeff Widenhofer, composers

“Now You See Me,” Brian Tyler, composer

“Oblivion,” Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese, composers

“Oldboy,” Roque Baños, composer

“Olympus Has Fallen,” Trevor Morris, composer

“Oz The Great and Powerful,” Danny Elfman, composer

“Pacific Rim,” Ramin Djawadi, composer

“Pain & Gain,” Steve Jablonsky, composer

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” Andrew Lockington, composer

“Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat, composer

“The Place beyond the Pines,” Mike Patton, composer

“Planes,” Mark Mancina, composer

“Prisoners,” Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer

“R.I.P.D.,” Christophe Beck, composer

“Reaching for the Moon,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

“Romeo & Juliet,” Abel Korzeniowski, composer

“Runner Runner,” Christophe Beck, composer

“Rush,” Hans Zimmer, composer

“Safe Haven,” Deborah Lurie, composer

“Salinger,” Lorne Balfe, composer

“Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman, composer

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Theodore Shapiro, composer

“Short Term 12,” Joel P. West, composer

“Side Effects,” Thomas Newman, composer

“The Smurfs 2,” Heitor Pereira, composer

“The Spectacular Now,” Rob Simonsen, composer

“Star Trek Into Darkness,” Michael Giacchino, composer

“Stoker,” Clint Mansell, composer

“Thor: The Dark World,” Brian Tyler, composer

“Tim’s Vermeer,” Conrad Pope, composer

“Trance,” Rick Smith, composer

“Turbo,” Henry Jackman, composer

“12 Years a Slave,” Hans Zimmer, composer

“2 Guns,” Clinton Shorter, composer

“The Ultimate Life,” Mark McKenzie, composer

“Unfinished Song,” Laura Rossi, composer

“Wadjda,” Max Richter, composer

“Walking with Dinosaurs,” Paul Leonard-Morgan, composer

“Warm Bodies,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers

“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” Will Bates, composer

“We’re the Millers,” Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Goransson, composers

“What Maisie Knew,” Nick Urata, composer

“Why We Ride,” Steven Gutheinz, composer

“The Wind Rises,” Joe Hisaishi, composer

“Winnie Mandela,” Laurent Eyquem, composer

“The Wolverine,” Marco Beltrami, composer

To be eligible for a nomination, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The awards will be handed out Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on ABC.

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