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Once Again, Some Major Original Score Contenders are Likely Ineligible

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Some of the year’s biggest films have had their scores deemed as ineligible for nomination consideration at this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence, as some of the most renowned scores in recent years have surprised many by their inability to even be eligible for nominations, including Jonny Greenwood’s legendary score for There Will Be Blood, and Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin’s work on Beasts of the Southern Wild

It is noted that in order to qualify for the BAFTAs for original score at least 50% of a film’s musical compositions must be original, while for the Oscars that number jumps to 60%. Some films can end up qualifying for one but not the other, such as Birdman, which was nominated at the BAFTAs but declined for eligibility from the Oscars. 

Per Variety, we now know four major contenders that didn’t meet that qualification for either this year: Judas and the Black MessiahOne Night in MiamiSound of Metal, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Two of those films were scored by Oscar nominees. MiamiRegina King’s directing debut, was scored by frequent Spike Lee collaborator Terence Blanchard, a nominee for Lee’s 2018 picture BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard will still compete this year for his work on Lee’s Vietnam War drama Da 5 Bloods. One Night in Miami, meanwhile, still has some musical gold in mind, as it is considered a frontrunner for the Best Original Song Oscar, thanks to Leslie Odom Jr. and Sam Ashworth’s tune “Speak Now”. 

The other disqualified former nominee is Mark Isham, a nominee for 1994’s A River Runs Through It. His score for Judas and the Black Messiah, co-created with composer Craig Harris, won’t be showing up on the nominee lists from either awards body this year. 

One major contender that did qualify, however, for the BAFTAs is Pixar’s Soul. The score by Trent ReznorAtticus Ross, and Jon Batiste has been a hot topic of debate as of late. It seems to be the clear frontrunner in the category as of now, but the confusion over how much Batiste contributed, and how much of the score can be deemed original, has led some to speculate that it’s the perfect candidate for a shocking snub come nomination morning. Well, we know for certain now that it will qualify for the BAFTAs. As far as the Oscars go, it is now confirmed that the score was submitted, although whether the Academy will accept its submission or not is still up in the air. AMPAS also doesn’t usually announce its disqualifications, so if Soul surprising doesn’t show up on the final five come nomination morning, we likely know what happened. 

We also now know the 13 films that have been deemed eligible for the BAFTA award for Best Animated Film. The Academy hasn’t announced the number of animated films submitted for consideration in its award, although we do know that there are 27 films available in the Academy Screening Room, more than double those qualified for the BAFTAs. The BAFTAs nominate three films for their award each year, while the Oscars nominate five, as long as over 15 features are eligible for the year. 

For the list of those animated films that qualify, see below: 

ANIMATED FEATURES ELIGIBLE FOR BAFTAS

Away

The Croods: A New Age

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train 

Earwig and The Witch

Kill It and Leave This Town

Onward

Over the Moon 

Scoot! 

Soul

Trolls World Tour

Two by Two: Overboard!

The Willoughbys

Wolfwalkers 

ANIMATED FEATURES ON THE ACADEMY SCREENING ROOM 

Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus

Bombay Rose 

Calamity 

The Croods: A New Age

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train 

Dreambuilders

Earwig and The Witch

Kill It and Leave This Town

Lupin III: The First 

Mosley

My Favorite War 

Nos IIi Zagoyor Ne Takikh 

No. 7 Cherry Lane 

On-Gaku: Our Sound 

Onward

Over the Moon 

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs

Ride Your Waves

Scoot! 

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 

Soul

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run 
Terra Willy 

Trolls World Tour

Two by Two: Overboard!

A Whisker Away 

The Willoughbys

Wolfwalkers 

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