Oscars 2012 Update: Best Original Score Eligibles & AFI Top Ten

Two more things were announced yesterday, one that has Oscar implications, and one that doesn’t, but is still interesting.

The first is the list of eligible scores for Best Original Score. There are 104 of them, but I bet when I’m done, I can narrow it down to a manageable twenty or so, if not less.

The other is the American Film Institute’s top ten films of the year. They tend to stray more toward what the Oscars will do than NBR, which typically has those few character choices that make me gravitate toward them. But AFI is usually pretty solid.

So we’ll start with them and get them out of the way, and then end with the scores.

Before we start with AFI, here are the last few years of top ten lists from them:

2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Frost/Nixon, Frozen River, Gran Torino, Iron Man, Milk, Wall-E, Wendy and Lucy, The Wrestler

(Note: Missed two Best Picture nominees of the five, mostly Slumdog, since we all generally agree The Reader was a bullshit choice.)

2009: Coraline, The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Sugar, Up, Up in the Air

(Note: Five out of ten Best Picture nominees. They’re missing Basterds, An Education, District 9, Blind Side and Avatar. All those exclusions make sense, coming from them. The trend with them is — half Best Picture nominees, one comedy that hit big (if there is one. This could be replaced with action movie that went over real well), and an indie/trendy indie choice.)

2010: 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone

(Note: Nine out of ten Best Pictures. The one change? The Town instead of The King’s Speech. And The Town is typically considered the one that almost made it on.)

2011: Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, J. Edgar, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse

(Note: Seven out of nine Best Picture nominees. They’re missing The Artist and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. And it’s pretty much assumed Dragon Tattoo would have been number ten if they didn’t have that sliding scale thing. The other two choices were a populist choice and Eastwood. Makes sense. Fascinating to me that they didn’t go for the last two winners.)

And then, here are this years selections from them:

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Honestly, I’d be pretty surprised if this wasn’t your Best Picture list, at this point. The most likely exclusions are Dark Knight Rises, Moonrise  and probably Beasts of the Southern Wild, and that’s only if there’s some bigger, more mainstream film that can get on instead. But at this point, I’m not speculating, and I’m not reading any other Oscar site. Because I really don’t give a shit at the moment and all reading Oscar sites does is make me jaded. At this point, my only goal is to see all the rest of the films from the year and decide what I like. I’ll deal with the Oscar shit in January.

Now for the more important stuff…the Best Original Score shortlist. Or I guess, longlist. Eligibles is probably the best word.

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Henry Jackman
  • After the Wizard, Stephen Main
  • Alex Cross, John Debney and Sebastian Morton
  • The Amazing Spider-Man, James Horner
  • Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
  • Argo, Alexandre Desplat
  • Battleship, Steve Jablonsky
  • The Bay, Marcelo Zarvos
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
  • Being Flynn, Damon Gough
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Thomas Newman
  • Big Miracle, Cliff Eidelman
  • Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, David Cieri
  • Brave, Patrick Doyle
  • Brooklyn Castle, B. Satz
  • Chasing Ice, J. Ralph
  • Chasing Mavericks, Chad Fischer
  • Chicken with Plums, Olivier Bernet
  • Chimpanzee, Nicholas Hooper
  • Cloud Atlas, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek
  • Compliance, Heather McIntosh
  • Contraband, Clinton Shorter
  • The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer
  • Dark Shadows, Danny Elfman
  • Darling Companion, James Newton Howard
  • Deadfall, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • The Dictator, Erran Baron Cohen
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, John Powell
  • End of Watch, David Sardy
  • Ethel, Miriam Cutler
  • Flight, Alan Silvestri
  • For a Good Time, Call…, John Swihart
  • For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, James Horner
  • Frankenweenie, Danny Elfman
  • Fun Size, Deborah Lurie
  • Girl in Progress, Christopher Lennertz
  • The Grey, Marc Streitenfeld
  • The Guilt Trip, Christophe Beck
  • Hidden Moon, Luis Bacalov
  • Hitchcock, Danny Elfman
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Howard Shore
  • Hotel Transylvania, Mark Mothersbaugh
  • House at the End of the Street, Theo Green
  • The Hunger Games, James Newton Howard
  • Hyde Park on Hudson, Jeremy Sams
  • Ice Age Continental Drift, John Powell
  • The Impossible, Fernando Velázquez
  • Jack Reacher, Joe Kraemer
  • John Carter, Michael Giacchino
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Andrew Lockington
  • Lawless, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
  • Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln, John Williams
  • Lola Versus, Will Bates and Philip Mossman
  • Looper, Nathan Johnson
  • The Lucky One, Mark Isham
  • LUV, Nuno Malo
  • The Man with the Iron Fists, RZA and Howard Drossin
  • Marvel’s The Avengers, Alan Silvestri
  • The Master, Jonny Greenwood
  • Men in Black 3, Danny Elfman
  • Middle of Nowhere, Kathryn Bostic
  • Mirror Mirror, Alan Menken
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Geoff Zanelli
  • On the Road, Gustavo Santaolalla
  • The Pardon, Ashley Irwin
  • Parental Guidance, Marc Shaiman
  • People Like Us, A.R. Rahman
  • The Possession, Anton Sanko
  • Prometheus, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Promised Land, Danny Elfman
  • The Raid: Redemption, Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese
  • Red Tails, Terence Blanchard
  • Rise of the Guardians, Alexandre Desplat
  • Ruby Sparks, Nick Urata
  • Safe House, Ramin Djawadi
  • Safety Not Guaranteed, Ryan Miller
  • Saint Dracula, Sreevalsan J. Menon
  • Savages, Adam Peters
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff
  • The Sessions, Marco Beltrami
  • Sinister, Christopher Young
  • Skyfall, Thomas Newman
  • Smashed, Eric D. Johnson and Andy Cabic
  • Snow White and the Huntsman, James Newton Howard
  • Taken 2, Nathaniel Mechaly
  • Ted, Walter Murphy
  • Think Like a Man, Christopher Lennertz
  • This Means War, Christophe Beck
  • A Thousand Words, John Debney
  • The Three Stooges, John Debney
  • Trashed, Vangelis
  • Trouble with the Curve, Marco Beltrami
  • 21 Jump Street, Mark Mothersbaugh
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Carter Burwell
  • Until They Are Home, Jamie Dunlap
  • War of the Worlds The True Story, Jamie Hall
  • The Watch, Christophe Beck
  • West of Memphis, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
  • Where Do We Go Now? Khaled Mouzanar
  • Won’t Back Down, Marcelo Zarvos
  • The Words, Marcelo Zarvos
  • Wreck-It Ralph, Henry Jackman
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Alexandre Desplat

So those are the 104 eligibles. I’m not even gonna explain a bunch of them, I’m just gonna take them off. Here’s a list of scores that can, to me, conceivably (even remotely) be nominated. Then we’ll actually get serious about narrowing shit down:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man, James Horner
  • Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
  • Argo, Alexandre Desplat
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Thomas Newman
  • Brave, Patrick Doyle
  • Cloud Atlas, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek
  • The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer
  • End of Watch, David Sardy
  • Flight, Alan Silvestri
  • Frankenweenie, Danny Elfman
  • The Grey, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Hitchcock, Danny Elfman
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Howard Shore
  • The Hunger Games, James Newton Howard
  • Hyde Park on Hudson, Jeremy Sams
  • The Impossible, Fernando Velázquez
  • John Carter, Michael Giacchino
  • Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln, John Williams
  • Looper, Nathan Johnson
  • Marvel’s The Avengers, Alan Silvestri
  • The Master, Jonny Greenwood
  • Mirror Mirror, Alan Menken
  • On the Road, Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Prometheus, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Promised Land, Danny Elfman
  • Rise of the Guardians, Alexandre Desplat
  • Ruby Sparks, Nick Urata
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff
  • The Sessions, Marco Beltrami
  • Skyfall, Thomas Newman
  • Snow White and the Huntsman, James Newton Howard
  • Ted, Walter Murphy
  • Trouble with the Curve, Marco Beltrami
  • Wreck-It Ralph, Henry Jackman
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Alexandre Desplat

And I wasn’t even really being discriminate. There are 37 left. I got rid of over 100. Now let’s narrow down a bit more…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man, James Horner
  • Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
  • Argo, Alexandre Desplat
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Thomas Newman
  • Brave, Patrick Doyle
  • Cloud Atlas, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek
  • The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer
  • End of Watch, David Sardy
  • Flight, Alan Silvestri
  • Frankenweenie, Danny Elfman
  • The Grey, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Hitchcock, Danny Elfman
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Howard Shore
  • The Hunger Games, James Newton Howard
  • Hyde Park on Hudson, Jeremy Sams
  • The Impossible, Fernando Velázquez
  • John Carter, Michael Giacchino
  • Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln, John Williams
  • Looper, Nathan Johnson
  • Marvel’s The Avengers, Alan Silvestri
  • The Master, Jonny Greenwood
  • Mirror Mirror, Alan Menken
  • On the Road, Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Prometheus, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Promised Land, Danny Elfman
  • Rise of the Guardians, Alexandre Desplat
  • Ruby Sparks, Nick Urata
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff
  • The Sessions, Marco Beltrami
  • Skyfall, Thomas Newman
  • Snow White and the Huntsman, James Newton Howard
  • Ted, Walter Murphy
  • Trouble with the Curve, Marco Beltrami
  • Wreck-It Ralph, Henry Jackman
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Alexandre Desplat

Most of those are even remotely possible. I’d figure, the actual list of potential nominees looks more like:

Ones with a really good chance:

  • Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
  • Cloud Atlas, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek
  • The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Howard Shore
  • Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln, John Williams
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Alexandre Desplat

Ones with a decent chance:

  • Argo, Alexandre Desplat
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin
  • The Master, Jonny Greenwood
  • Promised Land, Danny Elfman
  • Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Ones with an outside chance:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man, James Horner
  • Flight, Alan Silvestri
  • Frankenweenie, Danny Elfman
  • Hitchcock, Danny Elfman
  • The Hunger Games, James Newton Howard
  • Hyde Park on Hudson, Jeremy Sams
  • The Impossible, Fernando Velázquez
  • John Carter, Michael Giacchino
  • On the Road, Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Prometheus, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Rise of the Guardians, Alexandre Desplat
  • Snow White and the Huntsman, James Newton Howard
  • Wreck-It Ralph, Henry Jackman

Ones that would shock me, but not surprise me (if that makes sense):

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Thomas Newman
  • Brave, Patrick Doyle
  • End of Watch, David Sardy
  • The Grey, Marc Streitenfeld
  • Looper, Nathan Johnson
  • Marvel’s The Avengers, Alan Silvestri
  • Mirror Mirror, Alan Menken
  • Ruby Sparks, Nick Urata
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff
  • The Sessions, Marco Beltrami
  • Ted, Walter Murphy
  • Trouble with the Curve, Marco Beltrami

Keep in mind, this is without me having listened to almost all of them. Honestly, I’d say at least four out of the final five of the category are almost certainly coming out of one of those first two sections up there.

I’m gonna listen to them between now and — some point closer to January 10th (or whenever nominations are announced), so I’ll be able to make more informed decisions and selections later. But for now, I can’t imagine your category not being from those first two sections up there. But we’ll see.

So that’s my article for today. We’ll look at more Oscar shit as it comes up.

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One response

  1. Michael

    They didn’t go for The King’s Speech or The Artit because it’s the AMERICAN Film Institute. If you look, they only list American-financed movies. The King’s Speech was British and The Artist was French. They also gave Honorable Mention awards to both of the films.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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