IFMCA Award Nominations for 2017 have been announced


Hot on the heels of our own announcement of the winners of the 2017 Reel Music Awards, the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) has announced the nominations for its 14th annual IFMCA Awards.

Each year the association celebrates excellence in musical scoring of film, television and video games. This year is a particularly exciting year with numerous scores being recognised for particular acclaim. Alexandre Desplat, Daniel Pemberton, Michael Giacchino and John Williams have each received multiple nominations with John Williams – recently celebrating his 86th birthday – topping the number of nominations for new works in 2017 at an impressive six.

The full announcement and details of all the nominations can be found at the IFMCA’s website by following this LINK.

The IFMCA will announce the winners of the 14th Annual IFMCA Awards in February 22, 2018.

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2017 Reel Music Awards – The Winners


2017 Reel Music Awards

2017 has been another excellent for music composed for film, television and games (as well as other categories). Composers for projects from the biggest industry projects right down to small, independent outfits have all taken advantages of the opportunities presented to them. This has made my job of selecting, what I believe to be some of the highlights of 2017 very difficult. This is something I say every year – thank goodness! – but it’s a good situation to be in.

I’ve found when looking back on my choices that dark, complex scores have been particularly well represented in the lists. These selections may not be to everyone’s taste but I hope that people reading this blog are reminded of some of their own favourites or even discover some new ‘gems’.

Basing my choices on a difficult-to-define mix of things such as how much of an emotional impact a work has, how the music works in the project for which it was written or how enjoyable the overall listening experience is, these lists reflect my own personal taste.

I do wonder whether singling out individual scores for praise when there’s so much wonderful music around is a good idea but, in the end, my goal is to highlight some of the best music being written for film, television and games (and beyond). [Read more…]