May 24, 2017

“Black Swan,” “True Grit” scores disqualified for Oscar consideration

By Sean O’Connell Two of the best film scores I heard this year were Clint Mansell’s “Black Swan” and Carter Burwell’s “True Grit.” The former is gothic and terrifying (in the best ways), while the latter is warm, weathered and inspiring (in the best ways).

Too bad neither of them will be able to compete for an Oscar.

Variety reports today that the scores for “Black Swan,” “True Grit,” “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Fighter” will be disqualified for consideration at the upcoming Academy Awards.

“Swan” and “Grit” reportedly are out because they are “diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music” such as Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” or a handful of 19th century hymns.

As for “Fighter” and “Kids,” they rely too heavily on full songs like Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle.” Terrible.

That’s a sad loss for score aficionados, who can pop the CDs for these fantastic music soundtracks and drown out to Academy’s too-strict rules.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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