November 16, 2008

Dark Knight snubbed

magazine reports that the soundtrack for Chris Nolan's masterpiece, The Dark Knight, won't be eligible for an Oscar nomination. The score, credited to Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, has been disqualified because too many other people were also listed as composers on the score cue sheets.
Besides Zimmer and Howard, three others were listed as 'composers'-music editor Alex Gibson, ambient music designer Mel Wesson and composer Lorne Balfe. According to Academy rules, for a score to be eligible, over 70% has to be attributed to the principle composer (in this case, Zimmer and Howard). Even though all involved signed a document saying that this was the case, the Academy was left unmoved.
This comes as a real disappointment for me. The soundtrack was one of the most innovative, yet melodic ones I've ever heard, and had that special quality of growing on you each time you listened to it. After an Academy snub for the equally wonderful Batman Begins score (incidentally, because of the same reason), I was really hoping to see Zimmer and Howard get the gold statuettes for The Dark Knight....

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Ankur Banerjee said...

Thank goodness there's some sense left in the Academy! Heath Ledger would probably still get one for being amazing - amazingly DEAD that is - but at least Zimmer will have his *Da Vinci Code* Oscar trophy to console himself.

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