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Movie Music UK Awards 2015

January 29, 2016 5 comments

mmukawardsI feel like I say this every year, but narrowing down my choices for the best scores of 2015 has been harder than ever. It’s been a wonderful year for film music – I managed to experience well over 400 scores this year, both by watching movies and listening to their soundtracks independently, and the quality of music being written in all corners of the world just gets better and better.

This year, I have nominated works from France, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Portugal, and Spain, as well the USA and the UK, proving once again that if you look outside the mainstream, you can still find a lot of outstanding music being written for smaller-scale projects all across the world.

My choices for the best of the year range from major Hollywood blockbusters and art house dramas, to broad comedies, classic fairytales, and science fiction adventures that take you beyond the stars – so, for your reading and listening pleasure, I present the 2015 Movie Music UK Awards! Read more…

Academy Award Nominations 2015

January 14, 2016 Leave a comment

oscarstatuetteThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have announced the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film in 2015.

In the Best Original Score category, the nominees are:

  • CARTER BURWELL for Carol
  • JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON for Sicario
  • ENNIO MORRICONE for The Hateful Eight
  • THOMAS NEWMAN for Bridge of Spies
  • JOHN WILLIAMS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is the first Oscar nomination Burwell, the second Oscar nomination for Jóhannsson, the 13th Oscar nomination for Newman, and the 50th Oscar nomination for Williams, who previously won in 1971 for Fiddler on the Roof, 1975 for Jaws, 1977 for Star Wars, 1982 for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and 1993 for Schindler’s List. Morricone has previously been nominated for five Academy Awards, but has never won a competitive Oscar, although he did win an Honorary Award in 2007 “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”.

In the Best Original Song category, the nominees are:

  • AHMAD BALSHE (BELLY), STEPHAN MOCCIO, JASON DAHEALA QUENNEVILLE and ABEL TESFAYE (THE WEEKND) for “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
  • STEFANI GERMANOTTA (LADY GAGA) and DIANE WARREN for “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground
  • ANTONY HEGARTY and JOSHUA RALPH for “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
  • DAVID LANG for “Simple Song #3” from Youth
  • SAM SMITH and JAMES NAPIER for “Writing’s On the Wall” from Spectre

The winners of the 88th Academy Awards will be announced on February 28, 2016.

Golden Globe Winners 2015

January 10, 2016 1 comment

morriconeglobesThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) have announced the winners of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and American television of 2015.

In the Best Original Score category legendary composer Ennio Morricone won the award for his score for The Hateful Eight. Morricone was not present at the ceremony, and his award was accepted by the film’s director, Quentin Tarantino. In his acceptance speech, Tarantino said:

Thank you! Wow, this is really cool. Do you realize that Ennio Morricone – who, as far as I am concerned is my favorite composer, and when I say favorite composer, I don’t mean movie composer, that ghetto, I’m talking about Mozart, I’m talking about Beethoven, I’m talking about Schubert, that’s who I’m talking about – and Ennio Morricone has never won an award for any one individual movie that he has done. He has in Italy! But not in America – and this is I know not America, it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – but, I have to say – please wrap it up, I will – I have to say that I directed the movie that the great Ennio Morricone, at 87 years of age, did an original score for and won the Golden Globe. For Ennio, and his wife, I say thank you, and grazie. Grazie!”

The other nominees were Carter Burwell for Carol, Alexandre Desplat for The Danish Girl, Daniel Pemberton for Steve Jobs, and Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto for The Revenant.

In the Best Original Song category, the winners were Sam Smith and James Napier for their song “Writing’s On the Wall” from the James Bond movie Spectre.

The other nominees were Justin Franks, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth and Cameron Thomaz (Wiz Khalifa) for “See You Again” from Furious 7, David Lang for “Simple Song #3” from Youth, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Ali Payami and Tove Nilsson for “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades Of Grey, and Brian Wilson and Scott Bennett for “One Kind Of Love” from Love and Mercy.

BAFTA Nominations 2015

January 8, 2016 Leave a comment

baftaThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominations for the 69th British Academy Film Awards, honoring the best in film in 2015.

In the Best Original Music category, which is named in memory of the film director Anthony Asquith, the nominees are:

  • JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON for Sicario
  • ENNIO MORRICONE for The Hateful Eight
  • THOMAS NEWMAN for Bridge of Spies
  • RYUICHI SAKAMOTO and ALVA NOTO for The Revenant
  • JOHN WILLIAMS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is the second BAFTA nomination for Jóhannsson; the 6th BAFTA nomination for Morricone (who won the award every time he was previously nominated: for Days of Heaven in 1979, Once Upon a Time in America in 1984, The Mission in 1986, The Untouchables in 1987, and Cinema Paradiso in 1999); the 5th BAFTA nomination for Newman, who won in 1999 for American Beauty and again in 2012 for Skyfall; the 3rd BAFTA nomination for Sakamoto, who won in 1983 for Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence; and the 16th nomination for Williams, who has won on seven previous occasions: for Jaws in 1975, Star Wars in 1978, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, Empire of the Sun in 1988, Schindler’s List in 1993, and Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005.

The winners of the 69th BAFTA Awards will be announced on February 14, 2016.

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Golden Globe Nominations 2015

December 10, 2015 3 comments

goldenglobeThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and American television of 2015.

In the Best Original Score category, the nominees are:

  • CARTER BURWELL for Carol
  • ALEXANDRE DESPLAT for The Danish Girl
  • ENNIO MORRICONE for The Hateful Eight
  • DANIEL PEMBERTON for Steve Jobs
  • RYUICHI SAKAMOTO and ALVA NOTO for The Revenant

These are the first major film music award nominations for both Pemberton and Noto, although Pemberton has received two BAFTA nominations for his work in video games. Noto is the stage name of German musician and artist Carsten Nicolai, an influential experimental electronic composer who has worked with Michael Nyman and Blixa Bargeld, among others.

This is the 2nd nomination for Burwell, the 8th nomination for Desplat (who won the Globe in 2006 for The Painted Veil), the 9th nomination for Morricone (who previously won Globes for The Mission in 1986 and The Legend of 1900 in 1999), and the third nomination for Sakamoto (who previously won Globes for The Last Emperor in 1987 and The Sheltering Sky in 1990).

In the Best Original Song category, the nominees are:

  • JUSTIN FRANKS, ANDREW CEDAR, CHARLIE PUTH and CAMERON THOMAZ (WIZ KHALIFA) for “See You Again” from Furious 7
  • DAVID LANG  for “Simple Song #3” from Youth
  • MAX MARTIN, SAVAN KOTECHA, ILYA SALMANZADEH, ALI PAYAMI and TOVE NILSSON for “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey
  • SAM SMITH and JAMES NAPIER for “Writing’s On the Wall” from Spectre
  • BRIAN WILSON and SCOTT BENNETT for “One Kind of Love” from Love and Mercy

The winners of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards will be announced on January 10, 2016.

Academy Award Winners 2014

February 22, 2015 Leave a comment

desplat-oscarThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have announced the winners of the 87th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film in 2014.

In the Best Original Score category French composer Alexandre Desplat won the award for his score for directed Wes Anderson’s quirky period comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel. In his acceptance speech, Desplat said:

Merci. Merci beaucoup. Wes [Anderson], you’re a genius. This is good! You offered me a great view from the Grand Budapest. Thank you. It’s been a beautiful decade for me in Hollywood. I’ve worked with great directors and producers, and I’m very grateful. I need to thank Laura Engel, Mark Graham, Katz, my Greek mother. Solrey [Lemonnier], I met you long ago, for my first session, you played a violin, and you made everything happen for me. So, this is for you. Thank you”

The other nominees were Desplat again for The Imitation Game, Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything, Gary Yershon for Mr. Turner, and Hans Zimmer for Interstellar.

In the Best Original Song category, the winners were John Legend and Lonnie ‘Common’ Lynn for their song “Glory” from critically acclaimed civil rights film Selma.

The other nominees were Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for “Lost Stars” from Begin Again, Glenn Campbell and Julian Raymond for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me, Shawn Patterson for “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, and Diane Warren for “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights.

IFMCA Award Winners 2014

February 19, 2015 1 comment

zimmerifmcaINTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2014 IFMCA AWARDS; HANS ZIMMER, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT TAKE TOP HONORS

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2014, in the 2014 IFMCA Awards.

The award for Score of the Year goes to composer Hans Zimmer for his work on the Christopher Nolan-directed epic science fiction odyssey “Interstellar”. IFMCA member James Southall called the score “one of the most impressive creations of Zimmer’s career” and felt that the film “inspired him to create something unusually personal and about which he is understandably proud,” while IFMCA member Kaya Savas called Interstellar “one of Hans Zimmer’s finest accomplishments as a composer”. This is the third IFMCA Award of Zimmer’s career, and the first time he has been awarded Score of the Year.

French composer Alexandre Desplat was named Composer of the Year, for his astonishingly accomplished work on a half dozen scores spanning multiple genres; his work in 2014 included the blockbuster monster movie “Godzilla,” director Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the critically acclaimed biopic of British code breaker Alan Turing “The Imitation Game,” and the George Clooney-directed WWII drama “The Monuments Men,” all of which were nominated in their respective genre categories. The score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was also named Best Score for a Comedy Film. These are the tenth and eleventh IFMCA Awards of Desplat’s career, and it marks the fourth time he has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2006, 2007, and 2010. Read more…

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