'Dark Knight' score is Oscar eligible

Academy reverses Nov. 10 decision citing too many composers

The executive committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' music branch has reversed a decision on the original score from "The Dark Knight" and deemed it eligible for an Oscar in the best original score category.

The branch initially ruled Nov. 10 that there were too many composers involved in the score; the Academy generally only considers scores that are the work of one or at most two composers.

But after reviewing the submission, it concluded that Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard were the main composers and accepted the duo's work for Warner Bros.' Batman film as eligible.

The Academy said that since ballots had not been mailed, the decision would not affect the voting process.
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