In the flurry of Oscar nominations announced this morning, there were two missing names of particular note: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
Vedder, whose original score for the film Into the Wild has garnered him a heap of praise, had been considered a shoe-in for an Oscar nod, especially following his Golden Globe win for Best Original Song this month. But the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deemed the soundtrack ineligible for consideration due to “predominant use of songs.” The Pearl Jam frontman still has the Grammys to look forward too, though. His Into the Wild song “Guaranteed” has been nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media.
Also ruled ineligible for an Oscar was the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood, composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. According to Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards, any score that’s “diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music” cannot be considered. The soundtrack includes excerpts from “Popcorn Superhet Receiver,” a 20-minute classical piece Greenwood wrote in ’06.
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