2015 Reel Music Awards – The Winners


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It’s been another challenging year selecting, in my opinion, the most noteworthy scores from the world of film, television and video games (and more). Each category had multiple titles that impressed me and I think the nominations this year give a flavour of how strong a year 2015 was in terms of quality.

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 hope that readers of my blog find my choices interesting. I am particularly hopeful that the titles mentioned here open new avenues of musical enjoyment. [Read more…]

2015 Reel Music Awards – The Nominations


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It’s time again for Reel Music to take a look back and spotlight the best scores of 2015. For me, the year just gone has been another excellent one for music composed for film, television and video games (and beyond!) and the purpose of these awards is to highlight some of the scores that have grabbed my attention over the past year.

Across the various categories, the nominations are listed alphabetically. Note that, in addition to the categories featured in the 2014 Reel Music Awards, there’s a couple of new categories which reflect the growing quality of music composed across the various genres. To recognise the increase in the availability of the digital-only media presentation of archival film music, the “Archival Score (Digital)” category has been created. And 2014’s “Games & Other Interactive Media Score” category has been split into two separate categories: “Games Score” and “Score Composed for Other Media” – to cover titles which do not fit comfortably with the other genre categories. A “New Recording of an Archival Score” category has been added to highlight a number of impressive re-recording projects that came to fruition in 2015.

Note: because of the quality of music in 2015 I found it too difficult to choose a shortlist of individual cues for nomination and so there is no “2015 Individual Cue Award.”

The winners will be announced on Monday, 25nd January 2016. [Read more…]

The 2014 IFMCA Award winners are…


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

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FEBRUARY 19, 2014 — 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. [Read more…]

IFMCA RADIO – Best New Music and Soundtrack Releases of 2014


The International Film Music Critics Association is proud to announce the third in its annual IFMCA Radio broadcasts, celebrating the music nominated for the 2014 IFMCA Awards, and featuring selections by several members which represent, in their opinion, some of the best individual film, TV and video game cues from the preceding 12 months.

Please take a listen to the show at the IFMCA website.

IFMCA Radio logoThe selections in this special epic 4-hour programme includes music from THE ABYSS (Alan Silvestri), ASTERIX: THE LAND OF THE GODS (Philippe Rombi), THE BANNER SAGA (Austin Wintory), CANTINFLAS (Roque Baños), CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2 (Óscar Araujo), CIVILIZATION: BEYOND EARTH (Geoff Knorr and Grant Kirkhope), EMPIRE OF THE SUN (John Williams), GODZILLA (Alexandre Desplat), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Alexandre Desplat), GUNSHI KANBEI (Yūgo Kanno), HIDDEN KINGDOMS (Ben Foster), THE HOMESMAN (Marco Beltrami), HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (John Powell), THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART I (James Newton Howard), THE IMITATION GAME (Alexandre Desplat), INHERENT VICE (Jonny Greenwood), INTERSTELLAR (Hans Zimmer), ISABEL (Federico Jusid), LAIR (John Debney), THE LEFTOVERS (Max Richter), THE LIBERATOR (Gustavo Dudamel), MALEFICENT (James Newton Howard), THE MONKEY KING (Christopher Young), THE MONUMENTS MEN (Alexandre Desplat), RED KROKODIL (Alexander Cimini), SON OF BATMAN (Frederik Wiedmann), THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Jóhann Jóhannsson), UNDER THE SKIN (Mica Levi), THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (Danny Elfman), and WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WARLORDS OF DRAENOR (Russell Brower et al). [Read more…]

IFMCA Award Nominations 2014 have been announced


INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED; COMPOSERS JAMES NEWTON HOWARD AND ALEXANDRE DESPLAT DOMINATE

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FEBRUARY 5, 2014 – The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2014, for the 11th annual IFMCA Awards. The most nominated composers are American JAMES NEWTON HOWARD and Frenchman ALEXANDRE DESPLAT.

Howard received seven nominations, including nods for Score of the Year, Composer of the Year, Best Action/Adventure/Thriller score, and Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score, all of which were split between his two main works of 2014: the action adventure sequel THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART I, and Disney’s reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story, MALEFICENT. Howard also received an unprecedented three nominations in the Film Music Composition of the Year category, including one for the song “The Hanging Tree,” which he co-wrote with Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, and Hunger Games book series author Suzanne Collins, and which was performed by the film’s lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence. Howard has previously been nominated for a total of 23 IFMCA Awards, winning six of them, including Score of the Year in 2006 for LADY IN THE WATER.

 

Desplat received six nominations: for Score of the Year, two for Best Drama score, Best Comedy score, Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score, and overall Composer of the Year. Desplat’s work in 2014 comprised several outstanding works, notably 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. Desplat has previously been nominated for a total of 35 IFMCA Awards, winning nine of them. He won the Best Score award in 2008 for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, and was named Composer of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2010. [Read more…]

2014 Reel Music Awards – The Winners


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It’s generally agreed that 2014 has been a great year for music written across all areas of the soundtrack industry. Music written for film, television and video games have all given us wonderful and varied experiences whether it be from full orchestra, theme-rich compositions from well-known composers to smaller scale ensemble scores or electronic-derived pieces from composers we are less familiar with (or various combinations of the above). As such, it’s been a difficult task whittling down around 400 soundtracks to a nomination list of 10 for each featured category and an even more challenging effort to choose each of the winners.

Each of the winning scores are examples of compositions that have in some way marked them for me as particularly noteworthy. As with last year, each selections is based upon a mix of emotional impact, innovative music and overall listening enjoyment. The lists are a reflection of my own personal taste, on music that has piqued my enthusiasm in a particular way to raise them above a strong pool of other worthy soundtracks. [Read more…]

2014 Reel Music Awards – The Nominations


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It’s time for Reel Music to take a look back at the year just gone. 2014 was an excellent year for music composed for film, television and video games and here I attempt to highlight some of the scores that I consider to be the stand out titles and to celebrate achievement of a wide range of composers.

Across the various categories, the nominees are listed alphabetically. Note that, in addition to the categories featured in the 2013 Reel Music Awards, two new categories have been added to highlight the quality of music being written for short films (Short Film Score) and to celebrate the 2014 release of scores for projects from 2013 and earlier (Archival Score).

The winners will be announced on Monday, 26th January 2015. [Read more…]