Four composers and five original scores were nominated for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, which is scheduled to air on Sunday, February 26 on ABC. The nominees for Original Score are:
Only two songs were nominated in the Original Song category:
Of the movies nominated for Original Score, only The Adventures of Tintin and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy failed to garner a nomination in the Best Picture category. The last composer to take home the Oscar without its movie also receiving a Best Picture nomination was Elliot Goldenthal with his score to Frida in 2002.
While 39 songs were eligible for the Original Song category, only two made the cut in accordance with the Academy's nomination process. The process consists of each voting member scoring each eligible song on a scale of 6 to 10 (in 0.5 increments). A song must receive an average score of 8.25 or better to qualify for a nomination, and up to five songs may be nominated.
A complete list of nominees for all categories is available from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.