The Dark Knight

Stephen Vaughan / DC Comics

While many Oscar pundits are predicting The Dark Knight as a dark horse Best Picture Academy Award contender, we just found out one statuette the Caped Crusader sequel won't take back to Gotham City.

The film's score has been disqualified by the Academy over a technicality. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard were listed as the primary composers on the award submission, but three other names that appeared on the "music cue sheets" were left off, per Variety.

The Academy's music branch in turn ruled that Zimmer and Howard didn't write enough of the score to be eligible for the ballot.

While its music might not make the cut, Dark Knight is expected to receive Oscar nods in several technical categories, and Heath Ledger figures to be on the shortlist in the Supporting Actor race.