oscar_headerGriping about the arbitration of those Oscar folk at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to be a rather popular sport, and one in full season right now. For some reason, the most frequent complaints seem to revolve around the terms of admission to the music categories.

You may recall the hubbub when Johnny Greenwood’s music for There Will Be Blood was denied eligibility, or when the song Falling Slowly from Once was challenged. The song was ultimately allowed to compete after AMPAS deemed it had been initially conceived for the film despite appearing elsewhere before the film was completed. This year’s victims would appear to be Karen O, T Bone Burnett and Brian Eno. What do all of these people have in common? They’re from the world of pop music, not specifically film composition. Surely somebody will cry “Prejudice!”?

Of course, it’s not that simple because the scores for the latest Harry Potter, The Blind Side, Bruno and Funny People have also been scratched off the list this year – though I suppose the involvement of sometime pop musician Jason Scwhartzman in the Funny People score wouldn’t go unnoticed.

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Those of you who stepped out and snapped up the 20th Anniversary issue of Empire will already have seen the latest – and indeed, greatest – images from Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones. For those of you no lucky enough to live ‘over here’, the good news is that some industrious souls have scanned those pages and posted them online.

After the break, a look at a couple of these images – but, really, do seriously consider shelling out for the actual magazine. For one thing, there’s so much in there, and only a certain amount of it is going to ever roll up online.

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