Bad news for those of you who loved the music in The Fighter, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right, and True Grit. All four films have been disqualified for next year’s Academy Awards. According to Variety, the scores are victims of a little technicality that deems them slightly unoriginal, and when it comes to the Oscars a little can mean a lot.

The trade reports that True Grit and Black Swan have been disqualified because they have “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” The scores for The Kids Are All Right and The Fighter are “diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs.” Damn those clever tunes!

A good portion of Black Swan features a score, that’s largely adapted from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” while True Grit’s is “mostly based on 19th century hymns, are not sufficiently “original.”

We can understand the ruling for Black Swan and True Grit. Those two do have overt elements that we’ve heard before but The Kids Are All Right was a shocker. In the end, we guess popular music can really overshadow the score.

What do you think of the Academy’s decision to disqualify these films? Is their ruling justified?

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