97 Scores Compete for Oscar Glory! "Drive" is Missing! 


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards.

According to the Academy, to be eligible, "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. Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible."

If you read the second part of the eligibility requirement, that's probably the reason why Cliff Martinez's "Drive" score was not eligible because it was diluted by the use of tracked themes, the retro-'80s synth pop. Gosh darn it, it was soooo good! And I was rooting for the ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefheart drummer to score a nomination!

Oh well, at least "Hanna" by the Chemical Brothers is still eligible! And I love that one too!

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24th. That's when we'll find out which of the 97 eligible scores will be the final nominees.

And of course, winners will be announced live for the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26.

The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

"The Adjustment Bureau," Thomas Newman, composer
"The Adventures of Tintin," John Williams, composer
"African Cats," Nicholas Hooper, composer
"Albert Nobbs," Brian Byrne, composer
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
"Anonymous," Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers
"Another Earth," Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers
"Answers to Nothing," Craig Richey, composer
"Arthur Christmas," Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
"The Artist," Ludovic Bource, composer
"@urFRENZ," Lisbeth Scott, composer
"Atlas Shrugged Part 1," Elia Cmiral, composer
"Battle: Los Angeles," Brian Tyler, composer
"Beastly," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
"The Big Year," Theodore Shapiro, composer
"Captain America: The First Avenger," Alan Silvestri, composer
"Cars 2," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Cedar Rapids," Christophe Beck, composer
"Conan the Barbarian," Tyler Bates, composer
"The Conspirator," Mark Isham, composer
"Contagion," Cliff Martinez, composer
"Coriolanus," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"DAM999," Ousepachan, composer
"The Darkest Hour," Tyler Bates, composer
"The Debt," Thomas Newman, composer
"Dolphin Tale," Mark Isham, composer
"Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark," Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
"Dream House," John Debney, composer
"The Eagle," Atli Orvarsson, composer
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"Fast Five," Brian Tyler, composer
"The First Grader," Alex Heffes, composer
"The Flowers of War," Qigang Chen, composer
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
"The Greatest Miracle," Mark McKenzie, composer
"Green Lantern," James Newton Howard, composer
"Hanna," Tom Rowlands, composer
"Happy Feet Two," John Powell, composer
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The Help," Thomas Newman, composer
"Hop," Christopher Lennertz, composer
"Hugo," Howard Shore, composer
"I Don’t Know How She Does It," Aaron Zigman, composer
"The Ides of March," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"Immortals," Trevor Morris, composer
"In Search of God," Rupam Sarmah, composer
"In the Land of Blood and Honey," Gabriel Yared, composer
"In Time," Craig Armstrong, composer
"Insidious," Joseph Bishara, composer
"The Iron Lady," Thomas Newman, composer
"J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood, composer
"Jane Eyre," Dario Marianelli, composer
"The Lady," Eric Serra, composer
"Like Crazy," Dustin O’Halloran, composer
"Margaret," Nico Muhly, composer
"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Mr. Popper’s Penguins," Rolfe Kent, composer
"Moneyball," Mychael Danna, composer
"Monte Carlo," Michael Giacchino, composer
"New Year’s Eve," John Debney, composer
"Norman," Andrew Bird, composer
"One Day," Rachel Portman, composer
"Puss in Boots," Henry Jackman, composer
"Rampart," Dickon Hinchliffe, composer
"Real Steel," Danny Elfman, composer
"Rebirth," Philip Glass, composer
"Red Riding Hood," Alex Heffes and Brian Reitzell, composers
"Restless," Danny Elfman, composer
"Rio," John Powell, composer
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Patrick Doyle, composer
"The Rite," Alex Heffes, composer
"The Rum Diary," Christopher Young, composer
"Sanctum," David Hirschfelder, composer
"Sarah’s Key," Max Richter, composer
"Senna," Antonio Pinto, composer
"Shame," Harry Escott, composer
"The Skin I Live In," Alberto Iglesias, composer
"The Smurfs," Heitor Pereira, composer
"Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," Rachel Portman, composer
"Super 8," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Take Shelter," David Wingo, composer
"The Thing," Marco Beltrami, composer
"Thor," Patrick Doyle, composer
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Alberto Iglesias, composer
"Tower Heist," Christophe Beck, composer
"W.E.," Abel Korzeniowski, composer
"War Horse," John Williams, composer
"Warrior," Mark Isham, composer
"Water for Elephants," James Newton Howard, composer
"The Way," Tyler Bates, composer
"We Bought a Zoo," Jon Thor Birgisson, composer
"We Need to Talk about Kevin," Jonny Greenwood, composer
"Win Win," Lyle Workman, composer
"Winnie the Pooh," Henry Jackman, composer
"X-Men: First Class," Henry Jackman, composer
"Young Adult," Rolfe Kent, composer
"Your Highness," Steve Jablonsky, composer

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"Prometheus" Official Trailer -- Yup, It's All About "Alien" 
The trailer for the upcoming Ridley Scott film, "Prometheus," has been revealed, and it's intriguing and definitely, an "Alien" prequel! But why the heck were they using the "Inception" sound? Still, I can't wait for June 8 of next year when "Prometheus" arrives in theaters!



Here's more on "Prometheus" from Yahoo:

In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system's natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Genres: Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Action/Adventure
Release Date: June 8th, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Cast and Credits

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Produced by: Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Mark Huffam

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The Battle of Steven Spielberg -- "War Horse" vs "The Adventures of Tintin" 


It's Steven Spielberg vs Steven Spielberg at the box-office this Holiday weekend, his drama "War Horse" is racing against the animated tale "The Adventures of Tintin." Which one is my pick of the weekend? Check it out:



"The Adventures of Tintin"

The unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine, a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to dastardly pirate named Red Rackham.

Genres: Kids/Family, Action/Adventure, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: December 21st, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Peter Jackson

"War Horse"

GENRES: Action/Adventure, Adaptation, War and Drama
IN THEATERS: December 25th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA: PG-13 for for intense sequences of war violence.
The friendship between a boy and a horse who are separated but whose fates continue to be intertwined over the course of World War I.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Tom Hiddleston -- Captain Nichols
Benedict Cumberbatch -- Major Stewart
David Thewlis -- Lyons
Emily Watson -- Rose Narracott
Toby Kebbell -- Geordie
Jeremy Irvine -- Albert
Peter Mullan -- Ted Narracott
Geoff Bell -- Sgt. Sam Perkins

DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg

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New Trailer for "Clash of the Titans" Sequel 
And it looks good! "Wrath of the Titans" seems more promising than the underwhelming "Clash of the Titans." It still stars my BFF Sam Worthingon (HA!), but this one looks like it has more drama! Worthington told THR, “What we're setting out to do with this one -- the writers and the director and myself -- is improve." We'll see if director Jonathan Liebesman, the guy who gave us "Battle: Los Angeles," improved on the mythological tale. "Wrath of the Titans" opens nationwide on March 30, 2012.



Here's more on "Wrath of the Titans" from Yahoo:

Five years after his first adventure, Perseus rules Argos with Andromeda at his side and a newborn baby as their heir. But in the shadows lurks Calibos, the cursed demon thought dead, and now out for revenge.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 30th, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Cast and Credits

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, Polly Johnsen, Jon Jashni

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Black Film Critics Circle Loves "The Help," "Pariah" 


The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has announced the winners of its annual awards and Tate Taylor's "The Help" won Best Film of 2011. But "Pariah's" Dee Rees took home the Best Director award. Viola Davis won Best Actress for "The Help" while Olivier Litondo took home the Best Actor award for "The First Grader."

Harry Belafonte was honored with the Pioneer award while Adepero Oduye was given the Rising Star Award for her performance in "Pariah." The fantastic sci-fi film that you missed (watch it now on DVD), "Attack the Block" was given a special mention.

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Picture - THE HELP
Best Director - Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Actor - Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADER
Best Actress - Viola Davis for THE HELP
Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks for DRIVE
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer for THE HELP
Best Independent Film - PARIAH
Best Original Screenplay - Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Adapted Screenplay - Tate Taylor for THE HELP
Best Documentary - BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey
Best Foreign Film - LIFE, ABOVE ALL
Best Animated Film - RANGO
Best Ensemble - THE HELP

BFCC Signature Awards include:

PIONEER - HARRY BELAFONTE

A renaissance artist who brought his unique talent to all areas of entertainment in a career that has spanned nearly 60
years, Belafonte is a multi-Grammy© winning artist, an Emmy© Award winner with the distinct designation as the first
African American television producer, a Tony© Award winner, motion picture film actor and producer, Civil Rights Activist
and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. From his music, films, and humanitarian work, Harry Belafonte has continued to
embody the very essence of the word Pioneer.

RISING STAR - ADEPERO ODUYE

Adepero’s performance in PARIAH is a moving, powerful unforgettable portrayal of a young woman of color coming to terms
with herself, her sexuality, and her family. We believe she is truly a Talent to Watch.

SPECIAL MENTION - ATTACK THE BLOCK:
Attack is a genre film that defies a number of conventions, not only by having a primarily black cast but portraying each
character with a dignity seldom seen on screen and even more rarely in a Science-Fiction film.

BFCC'S TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011

1. The Help
2. The Artist
3. Pariah
4. Drive
5. The Descendants
6. Attack the Block
7. Tree of Life
8. Hugo
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
10. Warrior

Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is a membership organization comprised of film critics of color from daily
newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying on-line publications. The organization is
dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and World Cinema. Its
mission is to celebrate contributions and achievements in film by people of the black Diaspora who work in front of and
behind the camera, maintain the integrity of a true Critics organization and advance a collective vision of journalists of the
black Diaspora. BFCC assists in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational
opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships and raises awareness of the significance of black film and black film
history as a critical part of film culture and preservation. The organization meets annually in December to vote on the year’s
films. BFCC’s Founding Members are journalists Mike Sargent (WBAI-FM NY/Tor.com), Wilson Morales (Blackfilm.com),
and Shawn Edwards (WDAF-TV Fox Affiliate Kansas City, MO).


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