The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week the contenders for nomination in the categories of Best Original Score and Best Original Song. To see the complete list of those for Original Score, click here. For a list of those for Original Song, click here.

Also announced this week were new composer assignments for Alex Wurman (Unfinished Business), Brian Tyler (Now You See Me: The Second Act), Michael Brook (Brooklyn), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, click here.

There were 48 new soundtrack albums released this week. Click here for the full schedule.

Opening nationwide this week are (with music by): Annie (Greg Kurstin, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Howard Shore), and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Alan Silvestri).

Among all new theatrical releases, we are tracking song credits for:
- Annie (28 songs)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (1 song)

Finally, the following composer will be celebrating an upcoming birthday:
- Friday: Ira Newborn (the Naked Gun series) will turn 65.