Dark Knight Score Disqualified

Academy disqualifies ‘Dark Knight’ score

The score for “The Dark Knight” has been disqualified by the executive committee of the Academy music branch.

Formal letters to that effect are expected to go out this week to composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, who collaborated on the music.


Sources inside the committee said that the big issue was the fact that five names were listed as composers on the music cue sheet, the official studio document that specifies every piece of music (along with its duration and copyright owner) in the film.


Their previous collaboration, on “Batman Begins,” was similarly disqualified in 2005. Both Zimmer and Howard declined comment on the ruling. Both are seven-time nominees; Zimmer won for “The Lion King.”