Jonny Greenwood’s “There Will Be Blood” score was named ineligible by the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today.
The Playlist reports that sources told LA Times that Jonny Greenwood’s score would not make the cut because, “the majority of the music was not composed specifically for the film,” which was later confirmed by Variety, saying the disqualification was 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.”
Greenwood’s score is only 35 minutes of original music and the rest of the film contains roughly 46 minutes of pre-existing work (including selections from the works of Arvo Pärt, and Johannes Brahms’ “Concerto in D Major”). Approximately 15 minutes of Greenwood’s 2006 composition “Popcorn Superhet Receiver” is also part of that latter 46-minute figure, but again, it’s a pre-existing piece of music. [thx to the Playlist]