'Tis the season – the Oscar season, that is. This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 75 songs from 50 movies are in the race for Oscar's 86th round of nominations. Click here to read the full story.

Also, 41 new soundtrack albums were released during the week. Click here for the full list of this week's soundtrack releases.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (music by Andrew Feltenstein) and Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (music by Paul Leonard-Morgan) are opening nationwide this week. American Hustle (music by Danny Elfman) and Saving Mr. Banks (music by Thomas Newman) are expanding from their limited release last week. Click here for the full theatrical schedule.

Among all new theatrical releases, we are tracking song credits for:
- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (45 songs)
- Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (6 songs)
- American Hustle (30 songs)
- Saving Mr. Banks (28 songs)
- Her (14 songs)
- The Selfish Giant (No songs)
- Wrong Cops (19 songs)

Several composer and music supervisor assignments were announced this week. For the full list, click here.

Next Thursday will be composer Ira Newborn's birthday. The composer for The Blues Brothers and the Naked Gun series will turn 64.

Finally, from all of us here at Soundtrack.Net, we wish you a very merry Christmas!