Variety reported that the Academy has scrapped four potential scores for Oscar consideration. Clint Mansell's score for 'Black Swan,' Carter Burwell's scores for 'True Grit' and 'The Kids are All Right' and Michael Brook's score for 'The Fighter' have all been deemed ineligible due to a few rules regarding source material and originality.

The biggest disappointment -- but not shock -- is the elimination of Mansell's 'Black Swan' and Burwell's 'True Grit,' which were axed because they rely heavily on pre-existing material to shape their arrangements. In 'Swan's' case, Mansell used Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' as his source and 'True Grit' features several 19th century hymns. Both soundtracks are essential cinematic devices and perhaps some of the strongest amongst this year's contenders, making this news pretty deflating.
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