2011 Oscars Disqualify Black Swan and True Grit
Black Swan, True Grit, The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right have been disqualified from winning the best musical score category at the 2011 Oscars.
Several notable films have had their scores disqualified from the 2011 Oscars due to various circumstances. Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids are All Right, and The Fighter will not be receiving awards for their scores.
The reason for Black Swan and True Grit’s disqualification is that neither score was entirely original. Black Swan was based on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and True Grit was based on “19th century protestant hymns.”
It is unfortunate that Black Swan and True Grit were disqualified for this reason because while Mansell and Burwell’s works are variations on established themes, they still have an originality and innovative touch that makes for a truly enjoyable listening experience.
The Kids Are All Right and The Fighter were both eliminated due to having a sound track full of outside songs. One or two outside songs are fine; Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech is still in the running even with the use of excerpts from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, for example.
Still, there are many great scores still in the running, including the scores for Inception, The Social Network, and Tron. It will be interesting to see who wins at the 2011 Oscars now that Black Swan, True Grit, The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right have been disqualified.
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