Thursday, February 7, 2013

IFMCA nominees

Composers in Hollywood don't have a guild or trade group to give us hints as to Oscar potential like other craft sectors, but each year we get to see what the International Film Music Critics Association thinks represents the best of the year, and it's always a treat! The organization drops their nominees well after Oscar nominations, and with a plethora of categories, they often spotlight artists that the Academy's insular branch overlooks, like TRON Legacy's Daft Punk two years ago or Drive's Cliff Martinez last year.

This year's nominees include wonderful but sadly Oscar-snubbed scores like Cloud Atlas, Rise of the Guardians, The Dark Knight Rises, and others. The biggest presence on this slate is enjoyed by Alexandre Desplat, with four nominations including Composer of the Year (he's gotta win that one, right?).

Film Score of the Year
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Howard Shore)
The Impossible (Fernando Velázquez)
Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Lincoln (John Williams)

I'm guessing this comes down to the two Oscar nominees, Lincoln and Life of Pi. They gave it to Williams last year, and it looks like Mychael Danna is on route to Oscar, so it might be his to lose.

Film Composer of the Year
Mychael Danna
Alexandre Desplat
Danny Elfman
Fernando Velázquez
John Williams

It HAS to be Desplat.

Breakout Composer of the Year
Nathan Johnson
Zeltia Montes
Nic Raine
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
Joseph Trapanese

Haven't heard of most of these, but Romer and Zeitlin should have beenOscar nominated for Beasts, so fingers crossed for them!

Best Original Score for a Drama Film
Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
The Impossible (Fernando Velázquez)
Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Lincoln (John Williams)
There Be Dragons - Secretos de Pasión (Robert Follk)

Again, down to Lincoln v. Life of Pi, but glad they got Anna Karenina in there.

Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
Moonrise Kingdom (Alexandre Desplat)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Dario Marianelli)
The Sessions (Marco Beltrami)
Silver Linings Playbook (Danny Elfman)
Ted (Walter Murphy)

My favourite of this lot is actually Ted, which I assure speaks more to my fondness for swing and big band than it does for the film. Moonrise Kingdom would be a handsome winner as well.

Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
The Amazing Spider-Man (James Horner)
Dans la Maison (Philippe Rombi)
The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer)
Skyfall (Thomas Newman)
Zero Dark Thirty (Alexandre Desplat)

Finally some love for Hans Zimmer. Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty are also excellent inclusions. I'm guessing... Skyfall?

Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Howard Shore)
John Carter (Michael Giacchino)
Prometheus (Marc Streitenfeld, Harry Gregson-Williams)
Sinister (Christopher Young)

Being the only one of films up for Film Score of the Year, Cloud Atlas takes this. I guess it could go to The Hobbit, but will they find it too similar to the LOTR trilogy?

Best Original Score for an Animated Film
Brave (Patrick Doyle)
Frankenweenie (Danny Elfman)
ParaNorman (Jon Brion)
Rise of the Guardians (Alexandre Desplat)
Secret of the Wings (Joel McNeely)

Aught to be Rise of the Guardians, but would also be happy for Brave. Shame it never got any awards traction for its aural elements. It sounded great!

Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature
Kingdom of Plants (Joel Douek, Freddy Sheinfeld and Elik Alvarez)
Los Mundos Sutiles (Pascal Gaigne)
Metsän Tarina (Panu Aaltio)
Samsara (Lisa Gerrard and Michael Stearns)
Shakespeare & Us (Miguel d'Oliveira)

No idea.

Film Music Composition of the Year
"The Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra" from Cloud Atlas (Thom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil)
"The Impossible Main Title" from The Impossible (Fernando Velázquez)
"John Carter of Mars" from John Carter (Michael Giacchino)
"Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
"The Peterson House and Finale" from Lincoln (John Williams)

Interesting that they consider the Oscar nominated song "Pi's Lullaby" part of the score. This is part of why I feel that's one Oscar it won't win. I think this might be Cloud Atlas, but the Lincoln finale is beautifully sweepy.


  1. Interesting nominees to say the least. Agree with most of your ideas, but The Sessions a comedy?

  2. Cloud Atlas & The Hobbit are BOTH nominated for Film Score. And where is Wreck-It Ralph?