Ennio Morricone's 'Hateful Eight' Score Eligible for Oscar While Ryuichi Sakamoto's 'The Revenant' Is Not

Ennio Morricone's 'Hateful Eight' Score Eligible for Oscar While Ryuichi Sakamoto's 'The Revenant' Is Not
In addition to the movies being two of the most anticipated releases of the holiday season, the scores to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Leonardo DiCaprio survival flick The Revenant have plenty of buzz behind them. That said, it's been revealed that only Ennio Morricone's work for the former will be eligible for an Oscar next year, with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bryce Dessner and Alva Noto (a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai)'s collaborative score for The Revenant figuratively left in the snow to die.

As Variety reports, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revealed its full list of scores eligible to win an Oscar next year, with 112 listed in total. You can see all the soundtracks eligible at the bottom of the page.

Among the nominated scores, you will find Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow's Ex Machina, Disasterpeace's It Follows, Tom Holkenborg's Mad Max: Fury Road, Son Lux's Paper Towns, Jóhann Jóhannsson's Sicario, John Williams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Max Richter's Testament of Youth, Douglas Pipes' Krampus, Gruff Rhys' Set Fire to the Stars, and Alexandre Desplat's Suffragette and The Danish Girl. And yes, among them is The Hateful Eight, while The Revenant is surprisingly absent. 

As The Playlist points out, here's the Academy's official breakdown of what makes a score eligible.

To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.

The inclusion of The Hateful Eight could be surprising to some, then, considering it was recently revealed in a Q&A with Tarantino that Morricone offered up plenty of music originally intended to be used in John Carpenter's early '80s horror, The Thing. That said, much of it has remained unreleased, while the master composer also prepared brand new music for the newer western flick.

At face value, that The Revenant features the work of three composers, either working collaboratively or on their own, seems to be the reason for exclusion. Of course, it should be kept in mind that these are only the soundtracks eligible for Oscars and not those actually nominated. The 88th Academy Awards airs on February 28.

In related news, a recent interview with Sakamoto notes that film director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) occasionally mashed together all of the music he was given, making for a jarring experience.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Sakamoto explained: "Alejandro combines three different pieces into one. Even for us, it's very hard to recognize which part is mine and which part is Carsten. … Some parts are a very complex combination of the three of us."

Sakamoto also spoke about his recent battle with throat cancer. "I was diagnosed last June. So, I decided to cancel all the projects," he said. "Everything. I couldn't cancel just a few here, but still doing this. So I cancelled everything. … I had plenty of time not doing anything, maybe since I was early-20s or something, when I was a student. First time in 40 years. … Of course, treatment was the most important thing and I had the most harsh, physically painful time in my life. I almost couldn't eat, or I almost couldn't swallow my own saliva."

He also added, "Right now I'm good. I feel better. Much, much better. I feel energy inside, but you never know. The cancer might come back in three years, five years, maybe 10 years. Also the radiation makes your immune system really low. It means I'm very welcoming [of] another cancer in my body. So I have to be very careful. I'm reinforcing my immune system right now."

As previously reported, the soundtrack for The Revenant is out digitally on December 25 with a CD to follow on January 8 and a vinyl release to arrive in April, all via Milan. The film itself arrives in theatres on December 25.

As for Morricone's The Hateful Eight, the soundtrack arrives December 18. Third Man will handle the vinyl release, while Decca Records will issue the CD and digital release. The film itself also arrives on Christmas Day.

2015 soundtracks eligible for Oscars:

"Adult Beginners," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
"The Age of Adaline," Rob Simonsen, composer
"Altered Minds," Edmund Choi, composer
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip," Mark Mothersbaugh, composer
"Anomalisa," Carter Burwell, composer
"Ant-Man," Christophe Beck, composer
"Beasts of No Nation," Dan Romer, composer
"The Big Short," Nicholas Britell, composer
"Black Mass," Tom Holkenborg, composer
"Bridge of Spies," Thomas Newman, composer
"Brooklyn," Michael Brook, composer
"Burnt," Rob Simonsen, composer
"By the Sea," Gabriel Yared, composer
"Carol," Carter Burwell, composer
"Cartel Land," H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers
"Chi-Raq," Terence Blanchard, composer
"Cinderella," Patrick Doyle, composer
"Coming Home," Qigang Chen, composer
"Concussion," James Newton Howard, composer
"Creed," Ludwig Goransson, composer
"The Danish Girl," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"The Divergent Series: Insurgent," Joseph Trapanese, composer
"Dukhtar," Peter Nashel, composer
"The End of the Tour," Danny Elfman, composer
"Everest," Dario Marianelli, composer
"Ex Machina," Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, composers
"Far from the Madding Crowd," Craig Armstrong, composer
"Fifty Shades of Grey," Danny Elfman, composer
"5 Flights Up," David Newman, composer
"Frame by Frame," Patrick Jonsson, composer
"Freedom," James Lavino, composer
"Furious Seven," Brian Tyler, composer
"The Good Dinosaur," Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna, composers
"Goosebumps," Danny Elfman, composer
"Grandma," Joel P. West, composer
"The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone, composer
"He Named Me Malala," Thomas Newman, composer
"Hot Pursuit," Christophe Beck, composer
"Hot Tub Time Machine 2," Christophe Beck, composer
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2," James Newton Howard, composer
"The Hunting Ground," Miriam Cutler, composer
"I Smile Back," Zack Ryan, composer
"I'll See You in My Dreams," Keegan DeWitt, composer
"In the Heart of the Sea," Roque Baños, composer
"Inside Out," Michael Giacchino, composer
"The Intern," Theodore Shapiro, composer
"It Follows," Disasterpeace, composer
"Jalam," Ouesppachan, composer
"Jurassic World," Michael Giacchino, composer
"Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," Gabriel Yared, composer
"Kingsman: The Secret Service," Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson, composers
"Krampus," Douglas Pipes, composer
"La Jaula de Oro," Jacobo Lieberman and Leonardo Heiblum, composers
"The Lady in the Van," George Fenton, composer
"The Last Witch Hunter," Steve Jablonsky, composer
"Learning to Drive," Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks, composers
"Legend," Carter Burwell, composer
"Little Accidents," Marcelo Zarvos, composer
"The Longest Ride," Mark Isham, composer
"Mad Max: Fury Road," Tom Holkenborg, composer
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," Daniel Pemberton, composer
"The Martian," Harry Gregson-Williams, composer
"Max," Trevor Rabin, composer
"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," John Paesano, composer
"Meru," J. Ralph, composer
"Minions," Heitor Pereira, composer
"Mr. Holmes," Carter Burwell, composer
"Mistress America," Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, composers
"My All American," John Paesano, composer
"Nachom-ia Kumpasar," Ronnie Monsorate, composer
"99 Homes," Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales, composers
"Our Brand Is Crisis," David Wingo, composer
"Pan," John Powell, composer
"Paper Towns," Son Lux, composer
"Paranoid Girls," Javier del Santo, composer
"Pawn Sacrifice," James Newton Howard, composer
"The Peanuts Movie," Christophe Beck, composer
"Pixels," Henry Jackman, composer
"Poached," Mark Orton, composer
"Pod," Giona Ostinelli, composer
"Poltergeist," Marc Streitenfeld, composer
"Racing Extinction," J. Ralph, composer
"Room," Stephen Rennicks, composer
"Salt Bridge," Marciano Telese, composer
"San Andreas," Andrew Lockington, composer
"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Thomas Newman, composer
"Set Fire to the Stars," Gruff Rhys, composer
"Shaun the Sheep Movie," Ilan Eshkeri, composer
"Sicario," Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer
"Southpaw," James Horner, composer
"Spectre," Thomas Newman, composer
"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water," John Debney, composer
"Spotlight," Howard Shore, composer
"Spy," Theodore Shapiro, composer
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," John Williams, composer
"Steve Jobs," Daniel Pemberton, composer
"Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans," Jim Copperthwaite, composer
"Stonewall," Rob Simonsen, composer
"Suffragette," Alexandre Desplat, composer
"Taken 3," Nathaniel Mechaly, composer
"Ted 2," Walter Murphy, composer
"Testament of Youth," Max Richter, composer
"The 33," James Horner, composer
"Tomorrowland," Michael Giacchino, composer
"True Story," Marco Beltrami, composer
"Trumbo," Theodore Shapiro, composer
"Truth," Brian Tyler, composer
"Victor Frankenstein," Craig Armstrong, composer
"The Walk," Alan Silvestri, composer
"The Water Diviner," David Hirschfelder, composer
"Wolf Totem," James Horner, composer
"Z for Zachariah," Heather McIntosh, composer