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Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays (134 original and 107 adapted) are eligible for Best Screenplay nominations and 77 films are eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right).
Earlier we shared the 248 films eligible for Best Picture. Even though there are great deal of films that were amazing movie going experiences, Academy voters are likely only to concentrate on the films that have garnered awards from other organizations.
Below are the front runners for each of the categories thanks to Awards Daily:
Best Original Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg -The Kids Are All Right David Seidler – The King’s Speech Christopher Nolan – Inception Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin – Black Swan Mike Leigh – Another Year Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson – The Fighter Derek Cianfrance – Blue Valentine
Best Adapted Screenplay
Pixar's "Toy Story 3" does not number among the 77 films with musical works in the hunt for Best Original Score at the Oscars. (Steve Pond counted them up over at The Wrap -- thanks, Steve.) Randy Newman chose not to submit his composition to the music branch of the academy. Newman has had seven unsuccessful bids in the various score categories over the years. Last year, his score for the Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog" was found to be ineligible. The winner was Michael Giacchino for Pixar's "Up." Last week, three composers were ruled out of the running by their brethren: Carter Burwell won't contend at the Oscars for either "True Grit" or "The Kids Are All Right" while Clint Mansell won't for "Black Swan" and Michael Brook was ruled ineligible for "The Fighter." All four scores were found to rely too heavily on pre-exisitng music. In the case of "Black Swan, »
We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right ). Add those to the 248 films eligible  for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »
- Germain Lussier
The official list of Academy Award-eligible scores has been released, according to Variety. There are the usual list of big names — James Newton Howard (The Tourist, Salt) has four scores in contention, Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, The King’s Speech) has three — and newcomers. (Pray for a Tron: Legacy upset nomination: can you imagine a ceremony with Daft Punk and The Social Network’s Trent Reznor?) But the list is just as notable for the names that aren’t on the list. The Academy disqualified Clint Mansell’s Black Swan and Carter Burwell’s True Grit »
- Darren Franich
The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.
The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, »
Top Ten Movies of 2010
I feel as if 2010 marked a turning point in movies. Sure, we had our share of blockbusters with Alice in Wonderland crossing $1 billion worldwide and Iron Man 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse joining it as the three lone live-action films to cross $300 million. However, after Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the only other films to cross the $200 million mark domestically were animated features -- Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon. What does that say about this year's crop of films?
Well, first off, I think we all know a film doesn't need to make over $200 million at the box-office for it to be deemed "good." And this year it wasn't as much about the big blockbuster films as much as it was about the little guy that could, and smaller, indie films hit quite a stride. »
- Brad Brevet
“When I was a kid, me and my sister and friends used to put on these little shows,” recalled American moviemaker Darren Aronofsky, the son of two school teachers. “We used to put on records and lip-sync or dance to them. We’d invite the parents up and during this one show, I’ll never forget, I turned off the lights and… had the spotlight [a big flashlight] on my sister dancing to some music… And my Dad screamed at me, ‘Turn on the lights!’ What I learned from that is that if it gets in the way of the performance, then don’t do it.” Along with a fascination with black and white photography, the young Brooklyn native found himself drawn to a controversial »
Dreams And Shadows is the feature-film debut from writer, director and producer Tamarat Makonnen. This is the story of a teenage outcast in search of life.s true meaning. Billy, played by Shawn-Caulin Young, is a loner who spends most of his time working at a greasy diner and taking care of John, played by James Russo, his paraplegic father.
Nothing seems to go well for Billy, between being bullied by a small clutch of insensitive teenagers and struggling at home with his father.s alcoholism; Billy escapes the pain of real life in his dreams, where he sees himself as a mighty samurai in feudal Japan.
Billy is driven by two things; one of them being his desire for a .normal. life, the other being his desire to know his mother, whom died before Billy could remember her. This sets up the basis of Billy.s relationship with his father, »
- Travis Keune
While 2009 seemed to burst at the seams with numerous ace soundtracks--largely thanks to new films from Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Greg Mottola and Quentin Tarantino--unless you were a “Twilight” fan, pickings were a lot slimmer this year for well curated songs in films (though, as you’ll see, there were some definite standouts). However, as if to compensate, composers stepped it up considerably with old reliables like Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Carter Burwell and Michael Giacchino delivering the goods while left field surprises like Daft Punk and Trent Reznor shook up the stodgy old boys club with compelling,… »
Last year, as we here at Cinema Blend celebrated the end of the decade, I wrote an article titled .Film's 10 Best Music Moments In The Aughts.. The goal was simple: look at the all of the movies from the past ten years and pick out the scenes that made the best utilization of their soundtrack. The selection process was incredibly difficult and I never expected that I would be able to make the same kind of list for one specific year. Then 2010 came around and blew me away. Say what you will about the quality of films we got this year, particularly during the summer months, but this was an amazing year for soundtracks and scores. Composers like Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell and Daft Punk created some truly stunning pieces while directors utilized the songs of Joni Mitchell, Edith Piaf, Metric and The Human League flawlessly. So without further ado, »
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Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2010
1. “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)
I distinctly remember sitting in a movie theater over the summer when the first teaser for “the Facebook movie” began playing, prompting groans and snickering all around me — stuff along the lines of, “What’s it gonna be about? A server crashing? »
- Scott Feinberg
According to Variety, the scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, also by Carter Burwell, and The Fighter, by Michael Brook, were deemed ineligible because the music is “diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs.”
Now while I understand that Mansell’s Black Swan was largely adapted from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Carter Burwell’s True Grit is mostly based on 19th century hymns, I don’t understand why the other two won’t qualify. Regardless if »
Let’s go behind the looking glass, shall we? The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are held January 14, 2011 at the Hollywood Palladium. I will be there. I vote. I am one of the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca). Right now the show is stilling trying to find the perfect host. I hope they go with a classic comedian such as Conan O’Brien or Steven Colbert (yes, those would be Huge names for this awards show). It’d be great to have a stand-up since the Oscars are going with James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Maroon 5 has been named the house band. I’ll be giving you my final ballot as soon as I am allowed to post.
Click Here – For all the buzz about the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards
For now, let’s focus on the nominations. Every film in Bold is a movie I nominated. »
- Jeff Bayer
Christmas has a hell of a PR agent. A good PR maximises the audience for their client, always looking for lateral markets beyond the core appeal of the product. So if Christmas is fundamentally about giving, goodwill and forgiveness, there's no harm - from a PR's point of view - if it can also be made to be about sex, death and loneliness too. We seem to have had our traditional - and always sad - fusillade of pre-Christmas celebrity deaths this year, and if we're lucky, the period between now and new year will bring no new and nasty surprises in that line.
In the meantime our TV screens have filled up customarily with ads for perfume and booze which remind us that Christmas is also a Pagan-style locus for celebrations of the carnal and sensory. And with campaigns targeted at those who have no invite to the celebrations »
The Chicago Film Critics Association chose The Social Network for its Best Picture and Best Director honors for David Fincher and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. I'm not sure how important Monday's results from the Chicago contingent figures in the larger Oscar picture, but it certainly bolsters my prognosticating colleague Pete Hammond's feelings about how The Social Network is rising in the critical consensus so far. The winners: Best picture: The Social Network Director: David Fincher, The Social Network Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan Supporting actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter Supporting actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit Original screenplay: Christopher Nolan, Inception Adapted screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network Foreign language film: A Prophet Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop Animated feature: Toy Story 3 Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception Original score: Clint Mansell, Black Swan Promising performer: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone Promising filmmaker: Derek Cianfrance, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Scores are different then soundtracks for obvious reasons but mostly because it is a personal compilation of instrumental music built around a movie. There is no past with the songs, just present and just designed for that movie. This year was apparently the year for famous musicians, very accomplished musicians in their own right, to lend their hands to projects mostly out of the realms of their expertise. Also, there are a few films that could techinically be classified as 2009, but being that I live in Vancouver these weren’t actually released here until 2010. Vancouver may be a large city, but we’re still working on our movie release dates and the idea of getting more theatres that play lots of different movies as opposed to Sex and the City 2 for 13 weeks followed by Twilight: Eclipse for the next 14 weeks.
- Kaitlin McNabb
Four much-respected films have been banned from competition in the Best Score category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Black Swan, True Grit, The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right. According to Variety, Clint Mansell's Black Swan score and Carter Burwell's True Grit score were disqualified because they were “diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing musicread more »
- Benny Gammerman
While it does seem like quite an injustice, the ruling isn't all that surprising. Award Central is reporting that several motion picture scores have been disqualified from being considered for the Oscar for Best Original Score. In all cases, it's not a lack of quality, but rather an abundance of unoriginal music. The four films that will not be getting an Oscar love include Clint Mansell's haunting yet beautiful score for Black Swan, Carter Burwell's compositions for True Grit and the less prominent scores for both The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right. For details on why these scores have been disqualified from awards contention, keep reading below. In the case of Black Swan and True Grit, they have both been excluded because they exist as "scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music." Black Swan is adapted from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, and »
- Ethan Anderton
Collider has the disappointing news that the Academy’s unpredictable music branch has disqualified this year’s scores from three top composers: Carter Burwell, Michael Brook and Clint Mansell. [Mansell's] work »
- Ryan Adams
 The score of a film is its beating heart. Music subtly, or sometimes not so subtly, juxtaposed with visuals can do almost anything from create tension, elicit themes, set tone, link scenes or raise goosebumps. Without music, most films are a cold, dead fish. That's why the Oscar for Best Original Score is such a big award. Many times, the film that wins Original Score will take home several other awards because great music can make a director, editor and even actors look better. Now, four of the films expected to have strong showings on Oscar night have had their mute buttons pressed. The scores from The Fighter, Black Swan, True Grit and The Kids Are All Right were all deemed ineligible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read the reasons and implications after the jump. According to Variety , Clint Mansell's Black Swan score and Carter Burwell »
- Germain Lussier
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