Grammy Nominations: 'Hugo,' 'The Dark Knight Rises' Battle Video Game 'Journey' for Best Score

Composing vets John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore will compete in the score category, while best soundtrack pits The Muppets against Woody Allen.

The Grammy nominees in the soundtrack categories have been announced, with the original score competition looking like a battle between a genuine legend, a couple Hollywood A-listers, two Oscar-winning upstarts and one long shot.  

The Best Score category will see five-time Oscar winner John Williams' music for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin compete against composing titan Hans Zimmer's edgy score for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and veteran Howard Shore's lyrical score for Martin Scorsese's 3D tentpole Hugo

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Rounding out the category are rockers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and French composer Ludovic Bource's Oscar-winning score for The Artist. The odd man out amid all these heavy hitters is Austin Wintory, nominated for his original music for the video game Journey (the category recognizes the best score soundtrack for "visual media").

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The compilation soundtrack category is nothing if not eclectic. The Hawaiian standards of Alexander Payne's The Descendants will compete against everything from the jazz classics of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, the legendary reggae of Kevin Macdonald's docu Marley, the 80s hair bands that make up most of the Rock of Ages soundtrack and the whimsical collection of tunes from The Muppets.

The Grammys will be handed out on February 10.

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