Renowned Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and experimental electronic artist Alva Noto got together this year to write the score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s forthcoming snow-capped western The Revenant.

The Oscar buzz is that the film might bring Leonardo DiCaprio the gold statue long denied to him, but unfortunately it turns out the score is ineligible for an award. Sakamoto reportedly intertwined his work with that of two other composers, which isn’t allowed by the Academy.

Plenty of other familiar faces are eligible for nomination, however – we’re rooting for Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Sicario OST, Disasterpiece’s score for It Follows (both appeared on our Best Albums of 2015 list), Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow’s memorable Ex Machina soundtrack and of course Ennio Morricone’s recycled score for The Hateful Eight.

Sakamoto and Noto’s score meanwhile arrives on vinyl on December 25, the film’s release date, and on CD on January 8. [via Showbiz 411]

Read this next: How to compose an award-winning Hollywood soundtrack



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