This article points out several important things. First being the fact that the Academy Awards has elected only two movies to be included in the Orignal Score category. Are there no other movies worthy? It seems to be that part of the reason this happens is a technicality.
NPR states further in the article that what we’re in now is a “playlist culture”, which I believe full heartedly. I think the movies seem to have picked that up as of late. (Perhaps most notably starting with Forest Gump?) Apparently, if you use third party music in your score, you are ineligible from winning a nomination? It goes on to suggest that maybe they should add a new category for a score that uses this third party music in creative ways.
On top of that, here’s a part of the article I found to be most interesting:
Back in the 1980s, the Best Song lineups could have doubled as Billboard charts, filled with #1 hits and movie-defining anthems. Your “Against All Odds,” your “Flashdance (What a Feeling),” your “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.” All told there were twenty-one #1 hits nominated for Best Original Song in the ’80s. Since 2000, there has been a grand total of one (Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”).
Maybe this seems contradictory to what I saying before, but it also holds true. Either people aren’t paying attention to the scores as they used to, or maybe the way people score a film is totally changing. I mean, you can tell what decade a film score was used.
Not terribly sure what to think about the new category, but it’s a good point worth reviewing.