The Dark Knight Back In The Running For Music Oscar?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:18 am,

batman tdk 2 cd oscar The Dark Knight Back In The Running For Music Oscar?It looks like the Academy has found some sense and reversed their decision to disqualify The Dark Knight score. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, who collaborated to bring the tense anthem of The Joker, will now be able to compete in the “Best Original Score” category.

The news comes after just one month of ruling the score ineligible, citing too many composers on the cue sheet. When the Los Angeles Times spoke to the Academy’s executive director Bruce Davis a week prior, he said the Academy’s music branch:

“sees this as an award, like cinematography or directing, where you want to award a single creator. This isn’t like visual effects. Except for extraordinary circumstances, it’s an award that should go to one person.”

This decision has apparently been reversed, and yes, these are extraordinary circumstances.

Having watched The Dark Knight again, on Blu-Ray, I stand behind my original sentiments. There hasn’t been anything recently that evokes emotions like this soundtrack. It’s a roller coaster, taking the high points-higher and the dark points-chilling. It thrills me to hear that this has a chance to receive all the credit it deserves.

The L.A. Times reports an Academy press release “saying its music branch executive committee voted to change the decision last Friday.” If it’s nominated, we’ll see if all five composers accept the award on February 22.

Whether or not this was influenced by The Dark Knight and Iron Man‘s Grammy nominations is unlikely; but nevertheless, both scores were recognized by The Recording Academy in the category of “Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.” Ramin Djawadi’s Iron Man score joins Zimmer/Howard against John William’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood, and Thomas Newman’s Wall-E. The award is given for “an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.” The 51st Annual Grammy Awards air February 8, 2009, tune in to see if Iron Man is more musically inclined than The Dark Knight.

I’d take The Dark Knight over Iron Man, what about you?

Source: The L.A. Times, Grammy Awards

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  1. Well, now that it’s back in the running, this is another solid win for “The Dark Knight” Oscar night (the other being the obvious win for Ledger).

    I really hope it’s a sweep for TDK. If it wins Best Picture, I think I’ll have a heart attack and/or faint.

  2. great news, this was the right thing to do!

  3. Any word on Dark Knight 3. The blank slate of news is killing me left and right. I feel 3 could work. I was thinking about Anarchy or Hush as the villain. There are a lot of characters out there besides Joker to use in a Batman film.

  4. Well it looks like sanity has taken hold at the Academy and cooler heads have prevailed

  5. I can’t help but think this is an attempt to get more people to watch the Academy Awards… I always do, but I think it’s working.

    @Dave Fernandes
    No official word yet… we cover it pretty closely! The reason we’re not hearing anything is probably because there’s nothing to report.

    I like Hush for the next chapter too, but who knows what Nolan and Co. are thinking.

  6. I know he was already used in The Gotham Knight Anime, but i think they should bring back Deadshot, that was by far my favorite of all the GK clips. I really think they should consider creating a new villian to add the mix.

  7. In lieu of any kind of commentary track, I marveled today at work while hacking away at (insert obscure computer company bs) at the diversity of this soundtrack. It’s great to see the general “tone” of the base theme grow, and morph just as the characters of every kind do in the movie both from the last movie and over the course of this film. Please notice the INCREDIBLE detail and add-ins during the prelude to the hospital explosion during the interrogation, the sound design inside of the Tumbler’s destruction, the altered Harvey Dent Theme that becomes 2Face’s theme. It would TRULY be a sin that would earn someone the marred side of the coin were it NOT included in the Oscar running.

  8. Compared to the movies lsted, I really think the Dark Knight has a shot of winning this award. The music played at the perfect moments that would send chills down your back. I never watch the awards so ill wait to hear about it on the internet. Why break tradition? :)