The veteran film composer John Williams leads the Academy Award contenders for Best Original Score, with two nominations: for his work on "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse." Both films are directed by Steven Spielberg, with whom Williams has collaborated since the 1970s.
Other best score nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards go to Howard Shore for "Hugo," Alberto Iglesias for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Ludovic Bource for "The Artist."
The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles by actress Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. There were 97 original scores eligible for nomination in 2011, according to the Academy.
The nominations set up a clear race between Hollywood establishment in Williams, who has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of cinema, and has previously won five Academy Awards, and Bource, who recently won the award for the Golden Globe for best original score for "The Artist," a silent film about an actor contending with advent of talkies.
Bource has worked with "Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius on his previous French films but is otherwise an unknown quantity in Hollywood.
Spanish composer Iglesias is also an indie favorite, but with growing Hollywood credentials. He has previously been nominated for two Oscars: for "The Constant Gardener" (2005) and "The Kite Runner" (2007).
Like Williams, Shore is a darling of Oscar voters, having received three past nominations, winning all of them, for his work on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
The Academy Awards take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, and will be broadcast on ABC.
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