Scoring the Scores: The Oscar Contenders

 

This year's Oscar nominees for original score give Academy Award voters a chance to avoid the controversy that colored the results in the category in the past two years.

The nominees are Alexandre Desplat for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Danny Elfman for "Milk"; James Newton Howard for "Defiance"; Thomas Newman for "WALL-E"; and A.R. Rahman for "Slumdog Millionaire." Their scores seem to be entirely original works -- in the two instances where "Slumdog Millionaire" uses previously existing music similar to what Mr. Rahman created, that is clearly stated in the end credits. Other previously existing songs that appear in the five films stand apart from the composers' efforts, which should allow voters to focus on the score. No worthy score was ruled ineligible based on a technicality -- though Han Zimmer and Mr. Howard's score for "The Dark Knight" was initially disqualified because three other artists' names were listed as contributors. But it was reinstated for consideration.

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