Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s musical score for “The Dark Knight” has been disqualified from Oscar contention by the executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reports Variety.
The move is not unexepected as the pair’s previous collaboration on “Batman Begins” was similarly disqualified in 2005.
The issue comes down to the fact that five names were listed as composers on the official studio music cue sheet, something that was done as “a way of financially rewarding parts of the music team who helped make the overall work successful” said Zimmer a few months ago. The cue sheet is often used to distribute royalties to composers.
Zimmer, Howard, music editor Alex Gibson, ambient music designer Mel Wesson and composer Lorne Balfe all reportedly signed an affidavit to AMPAS stating that the score was primarily the work of Zimmer and Howard – thus allowing it to qualify for an Oscar.
That wasn’t enough though as documentation indicates the pair were only responsible for around two-thirds of the final work (under the rules they have to have done over 70% of the work).
The news comes as the film stands at a $997.6 million global haul so far – just shy of the $1 billion mark which it will likely cross shortly. It currently stands as the second biggest grossing film of all time domestically and fourth highest internationally.