Leave it to the folks behind the Grammys (that would be The Recording Academy) to put things right when it comes to movie music. Sure, they have a bazillion categories, but, unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars), they know a good musical score when they hear it and don't allow outrageous reasons to disqualify it.
Specifically, we're talking about The Dark Knight, whose composers James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer were disqualified for consideration because they listed too many people on the cue sheet, and There Will Be Blood, whose composer Jonny Greenwood was DQed because the Academy thought his score was "diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music." Both scores were nominated for a Grammy last night, in the category "Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media." (Bear in mind that their eligibility period is different from the Oscars, which is why they're just now getting around to Blood.) Yay to the Grammy people for getting it right!
The other nominees for best score were John Williams for Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Ramin Djawada for Iron Man, and Thomas Newman for WALL-E. More cool Grammy movie nominees include the title song from Walk Hard - The Dewey Cox Story (Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan, and John C. Reilly), plus American Gangster and Juno for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album," alongside August Rush, Mamma Mia!, and Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
You can check out the complete list at the official Grammy site. Do you agree that they got it right, at least as far as the movie nominees are concerned? The awards show airs on February 8, 2009.