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8th Annual IFMCA Award Winners Announced Today!

February 23, 2012

Today, at noon EST, the International Film Music Critics Association announced their 8th annual awards for excellence in musical scoring.

John Williams, who led the pack of nominations with a total of seven, wins five awards, including Film Score of the Year, and Film Composer of the Year.  But the remarkable thing is that the only two nominations that didn’t translate into wins for him, were in the two categories – Film Score of the Year, and Film Music Composition of the Year – where he competed against himself.  In both those categories, his score for War Horse beat out his other phenomenal score for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

The one seeming surprise here for many will be the fact that The Artist’s only award was Breakout Composer of the Year to it’s composer Ludovic Bource.  It is a deserved and prestigious category to win though.

I was happy to see a nod to Michael Giacchino for his wonderful Super 8 score in the Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film category, although with this and the top awards going to Williams, it meant that Howard Shore’s wonderful score for Hugo got no awards.  Still, even a nomination is an honour, and as in this category, if you are going to be beat you know that it was an equally deserving score that won.

For the Animation category, the top award went – no surprise here – to John Williams’ The Adventures of Tintin.  I just rewatched the film in theatres today, and it stands up just as well on a second viewing.  The last piece over the credits (The Adventure Continues) is a wonderful culmination of everything in the score that led up to it.  Definitely one of my favourites of the year.

In the other categories, Best Score for a Comedy went to The Rum Diary by Christopher Young, and Best Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller went to Cliff Martinez’s interesting and effective score for Drive.

This year, a special award was also given to A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project, which is a benefit recording collaboration with 25 film and TV composers, with proceeds from purchases going to Haiti Earthquake Relief  More information can be found at http://www.haitisymphony.com.

Winners in all of the categories can be found below (including the Documentary Feature, Television, and Video Game categories).

To read the official press release, please visit the IFMCA’s website here.

– Erin V.

2011 Film Categories

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

War Horse, music by John Williams

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• John Williams

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Ludovic Bource

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

War Horse, music by John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

The Rum Diary, music by Christopher Young

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

Drive, music by Cliff Martinez

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION/HORROR FILM

Super 8, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, music by John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Wind Gods, music by Pinar Toprak

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

• “The Homecoming” from War Horse, music by John Williams

Other 2011 Categories

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

Ermessenda, music by Arnau Bataller

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, music by Joe Hisaishi

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE

The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, music by Danny Elfman; album produced by Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; liner notes by Jeff Bond and Danny Elfman; album art direction by Matt Taylor (Warner Bros Records)

BEST ARCHIVAL RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE

The Battle of Neretva/The Naked and the Dead, music by Bernard Herrmann; conducted by William Stromberg; album produced by William Stromberg, John Morgan and Anna Bonn; liner notes by Jim Doherty and Kevin Scott; album art direction by Jim Titus (Tribute Film Classics)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

La-La Land

SPECIAL AWARD

A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association, its members and the list of past awards, please visit http://www.filmmusiccritics.org or contact press@filmmusiccritics.org.

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