Randy Newman opts not to submit “Toy Story 3,” adding to list of disqualified scores
Last week came news that the musical scores for "True Grit," "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Fighter" had been ruled ineligible by the Academy's music branch, either for using too much pre-existing music or for relying too heavily on songs.
Now that Academy voters have received the list of scores that did qualify, we can add "Toy Story 3" to the list of high-profile scores that aren't in the running – not because the branch ruled it ineligible, but because composer Randy Newman opted not to submit it.
Most of the other scores thought likely to contend for nominations are included on the Academy list of 77 qualifying achievements, from Hans Zimmer's "Inception" to Daft Punk's "Tron: Legacy," from Trent Reznor's and Atticus Ross' "The Social Network" to Rachel Portman's "Never Let Me Go," plus Alexandre Desplat's "The King's Speech" and "The Ghost Writer," John Powell's "How to Train Your Dragon," Danny Elfman's "Alice in Wonderland" and A.R. Rahman's "127 Hours."
Notable composers whose work isn't on the Oscar list: Harry Gregson-Williams for "Unstoppable," Desplat for "Tamara Drewe" and Dario Marianelli for "Agora."
The list of 77 eligible scores is by far the lowest number of qualifying entries on any of the eight AMPAS "reminder lists" that went out with ballots on Monday, most of which contain the names of more than 200 films.
(Some of the more specialized categories, including Animated Feature, Foreign-Language Film and a few of the shorts categories, have smaller fields.)
See also: Oscar Screenplay Lists
The full list of qualifying film scores:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
CLASH OF THE TITANS
DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS
EDGE OF DARKNESS
FOR COLORED GIRLS
FRANKIE & ALICE
THE GHOST WRITER
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1
HOW DO YOU KNOW
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
IRON MAN 2
THE KARATE KID
THE KING'S SPEECH
THE LAST AIRBENDER
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE
LET ME IN
LOVE & OTHER DRUGS
MADE IN DAGENHAM
MAO'S LAST DANCER
MOTHER AND CHILD
NEVER LET ME GO
THE NEXT THREE DAYS
PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF
THE PERFECT GAME
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
PURE COUNTRY 2: THE GIFT
RAMONA AND BEEZUS
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN"
WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS
THE WAY BACK
WRETCHES & JABBERERS