It won’t be long until the Oscars is upon us. So many categories to to choose from, one being Best Original Song/Score. Unfortunately “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will not be joining the list of films that have been nominated for that award.
Solo: A Star Wars Story wasn’t the only film to be disqualified, as three other films “Green Book,” “Mandy” and “The Other Side of the Wind” had also been disqualified for various reasons. Solo’s reason? Being submitted too late into the competition (deadline was Nov. 15).
- Green Book – Kris Bowers’ original score for was disqualified because of the prominence of the source music in the movie due to Don Shirley’s piano trio pieces played throughout the film.
- Mandy – The revenge thriller starring Nicolas Cage featured the late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s final score before his passing, was in fact NOT disqualified by the music branch but rather the film itself ran afoul of Academy rules — it was released on VOD before it completed its qualifying run.
- The Other Side of the Wind – was disqualified, due to considerable amount of source music that was not compose, mostly songs heard in the background during the film’s lengthy party sequence.
It has been said that there are more than 150 scores are in the running for this year’s Oscars, although only the approximately 300 music-branch members have access to the list when they log onto the Academy website to cast their ballots. Unlike previous years, the Academy chose not to release the complete rundowns of qualified scores and songs.
It is a shame, as even though the film didn’t do well at the Box Office (Domestically & Internationally) it was still well received by Fans, and went on to do well in Home Video.
The 91st Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 24, 2019, beginning at 7:00 pm Central. The ceremony will be telecast on ABC.
Star Wars: Episode IX, premieres December 20, 2019.
Written by Connor Heggie