Sunday, February 9, 2014

IFMCA nominees

A few days ago the International Film Music Critics Association very quietly announced their nominees for 2013 (I don't know if they even issued a press release, as I haven't seen the news published anywhere but their official website). Since composers don't have a guild or trade society of their own, this is the closest we get to a precursor award just for movie music, but it doesn't always align with the Academy's taste.

This year, for instance, the top category of 'Film Score of the Year' is a real head-scratcher, featuring only one of the five Oscar nominees (probable winner Stephen Price for Gravity). Rounding it out is Howard Shore's swollen Hobbit score and three other soundtracks that I doubt were on anyone's award radar!
It looks like this might be Price's to lose, but he isn't the composer with the most nominations from this group. That distinction goes to Abel Korzeniowski, who has multiple scores recognized.

Check out the eclectic group of nominees after the cut.

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
  • Evil Dead, music by Roque Baños
  • Grand Piano, music by Víctor Reyes
  • Gravity, music by Steven Price
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, music by HowardShore
  • Romeo and Juliet, music by Abel Korzeniowski
FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
  • Roque Baños
  • Laurent Eyquem
  • Abel Korzeniowski
  • Steven Price
  • Brian Tyler
BREAKTHROUGH FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
  • César Benito
  • Sarah Class
  • Alexander Ebert
  • Laurent Eyquem
  • Steven Price
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
  • The Best Offer [La Migliore Offerta], music by Ennio Morricone
  • The Book Thief, music by John Williams
  • Copperhead, music by Laurent Eyquem
  • Romeo and Juliet, music by Abel Korzeniowski
  • Summer in February, music by Benjamin Wallfisch
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
  • Instructions Not Included [No Se Aceptan Devoluciones], music by Carlo Siliotto
  • Quai d’Orsay, music by Philippe Sarde
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, music by Theodore Shapiro
  • This is the End, music by Henry Jackman
  • Venus in Fur [La Vénus à la Fourrure], music by Alexandre Desplat
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM
  • Grand Piano, music by Víctor Reyes
  • Iron Man 3, music by Brian Tyler
  • Passion, music by Pino Donaggio
  • Rubinrot, music by Philipp F. Kölmel
  • Stalingrad, music by Angelo Badalamenti
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM
  • Escape From Tomorrow, music by Abel Korzeniowski
  • Evil Dead, music by Roque Baños
  • Gravity, music by Steven Price
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, music by HowardShore
  • Star Trek Into Darkness, music by Michael Giacchino
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE
  • The Croods, music by Alan Silvestri
  • Epic, music by Danny Elfman
  • Frozen, music by Christophe Beck
  • Planes, music by Mark Mancina
  • The Wind Rises [Kaze Tachinu], music by Joe Hisaishi
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY
  • Africa, music by Sarah Class
  • Anne & Alet, music by Mark Rayen Candasamy
  • Die Nordsee: Unser Meer, music by Oliver Heuss
  • Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope, music by Blake Neely
  • Tim’s Vermeer, music by Conrad Pope
FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
  • “The Book Thief” from The Book Thief, music by John Williams
  • “The Grand Finale” from Escape From Tomorrow, music by Abel Korzeniowski
  • “Abominations Rising” from Evil Dead, music by Roque Baños
  • “Beyond the Forest” from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, music by Howard Shore
  •  “A Thousand Times Goodnight” from Romeo and Juliet, music by Abel Korzeniowski

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