Of the 265 films eligible for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three.

Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy), Patrick Doyle (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Thor), John Powell (Happy Feet Two, Rio) and Brian Tyler (Battle: Los Angeles, Fast Five) each have two eligible films

Read the full list and some analysis after the jump.

Here’s the full list of films eligible to be one of the five films nominated for Best Original Score.

  • “The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • “The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer
  • “African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer
  • “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer
  • “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
  • “Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, composers
  • “Another Earth,” Phil Mossman and Will Bates, composers
  • “Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
  • “Arthur Christmas,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
  • “The Artist,” Ludovic Bource, composer
  • “@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
  • “Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
  • “Battle: Los Angeles,” Brian Tyler, composer
  • “Beastly,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer
  • “The Big Year,” Theodore Shapiro, composer
  • “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Alan Silvestri, composer
  • “Cars 2,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “Cedar Rapids,” Christophe Beck, composer
  • “Conan the Barbarian,” Tyler Bates, composer
  • “The Conspirator,” Mark Isham, composer
  • “Contagion,” Cliff Martinez, composer
  • “Coriolanus,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer
  • “DAM999,” Ousepachan, composer
  • “The Darkest Hour,” Tyler Bates, composer
  • “The Debt,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • “Dolphin Tale,” Mark Isham, composer
  • “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, composers
  • “Dream House,” John Debney, composer
  • “The Eagle,” Atli Orvarsson, composer
  • “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “Fast Five,” Brian Tyler, composer
  • “The First Grader,” Alex Heffes, composer
  • “The Flowers of War,” Qigang Chen, composer
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, composers
  • “The Greatest Miracle,” Mark McKenzie, composer
  • “Green Lantern,” James Newton Howard, composer
  • “Hanna,” Tom Rowlands, composer
  • “Happy Feet Two,” John Powell, composer
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “The Help,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • “Hop,” Christopher Lennertz, composer
  • “Hugo,” Howard Shore, composer
  • “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” Aaron Zigman, composer
  • “The Ides of March,” Alexandre Desplat, composer
  • “Immortals,” Trevor Morris, composer
  • “In Search of God,” Rupam Sarmah, composer
  • “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Gabriel Yared, composer
  • “In Time,” Craig Armstrong, composer
  • “Insidious,” Joseph Bishara, composer
  • “The Iron Lady,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • “J. Edgar,” Clint Eastwood, composer
  • “Jane Eyre,” Dario Marianelli, composer
  • “The Lady,” Eric Serra, composer
  • “Like Crazy,” Dustin O’Halloran, composer
  • “Margaret,” Nico Muhly, composer
  • “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” Rolfe Kent, composer
  • “Moneyball,” Mychael Danna, composer
  • “Monte Carlo,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “New Year’s Eve,” John Debney, composer
  • “Norman,” Andrew Bird, composer
  • “One Day,” Rachel Portman, composer
  • “Puss in Boots,” Henry Jackman, composer
  • “Rampart,” Dickon Hinchliffe, composer
  • “Real Steel,” Danny Elfman, composer
  • “Rebirth,” Philip Glass, composer
  • “Red Riding Hood,” Alex Heffes and Brian Reitzell, composers
  • “Restless,” Danny Elfman, composer
  • “Rio,” John Powell, composer
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Patrick Doyle, composer
  • “The Rite,” Alex Heffes, composer
  • “The Rum Diary,” Christopher Young, composer
  • “Sanctum,” David Hirschfelder, composer
  • “Sarah’s Key,” Max Richter, composer
  • “Senna,” Antonio Pinto, composer
  • “Shame,” Harry Escott, composer
  • “The Skin I Live In,” Alberto Iglesias, composer
  • “The Smurfs,” Heitor Pereira, composer
  • “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” Rachel Portman, composer
  • “Super 8,” Michael Giacchino, composer
  • “Take Shelter,” David Wingo, composer
  • “The Thing,” Marco Beltrami, composer
  • “Thor,” Patrick Doyle, composer
  • “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias, composer
  • “Tower Heist,” Christophe Beck, composer
  • “W.E.,” Abel Korzeniowski, composer
  • “War Horse,” John Williams, composer
  • “Warrior,” Mark Isham, composer
  • “Water for Elephants,” James Newton Howard, composer
  • “The Way,” Tyler Bates, composer
  • “We Bought a Zoo,” Jon Thor Birgisson, composer
  • “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” Jonny Greenwood, composer
  • “Win Win,” Lyle Workman, composer
  • “Winnie the Pooh,” Henry Jackman, composer
  • “X-Men: First Class,” Henry Jackman, composer
  • “Young Adult,” Rolfe Kent, composer
  • “Your Highness,” Steve Jablonsky, composer

According to the Academy press release:

To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.

If you’re looking at favorites, last year’s winners, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have to be at the top for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fellow Golden Globe nominees Ludovic Bource for The Artist, Howard Shore for Hugo and John Williams for War Horse are all all certainly in the mix too.

On a personal level, I’d love to see Henry Jackman recognized for his amazing X-Men score, but he won’t be. I really enjoyed Jonsi’s work in We Bought A Zoo too and I’m beyond excited to see Antonio Pinto’s work for Senna on the list. Odds are, though, none of these will be nominated. Look for four obvious ones and one long shot dark horse.

Are your favorite scores eligible?

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