True Grit received 10 Oscar nominations yesterday, behind only the 12 for The King’s Speech. One category Grit was shut out from was Best Original Score, in fact the film’s score was deemed ineligible because it, according to the Academy, borrowed too heavily from pre-existing music. Black Swan was also not recognized in that category for the same reason. Coen Brothers regular Carter Burwell did the harmonious, light score that was styled around the song “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” which plays over the end credits as Mattie is walking away from the tombstone.
This song is an old church hymn. The version at the end of the film is sung by Iris Dement from her album Lifeline. I saw True Grit over a month ago, and that image of Mattie walking into the horizon with this song playing in the background is the most memorable.