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11th Annual IFMCA Award Nominees Announced Today

February 5, 2015

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Today at noon EST, the International Film Music Critics Association, of which I am a member, announced its list of nominees for excellence in film scoring in 2014.

Leading the pack this year with seven nominations is James Newton Howard for Score of the Year, Composer of the Year, Best Action/Adventure/Thriller score, and Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score – the nominations are split between his work for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Maleficent. Howard’s last three noms were in the Film Music Composition of the Year category, with two nods for Maleficent, and one for the song “The Hanging Tree” which he co-wrote for Mockingjay with Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, and Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games). The song was performed by the film’s lead actress Jennifer Lawrence. This is the first time a song has been recognized in this category.

Coming in a close second with six noms is Alexandre Desplat, who received nods in the categories of Score of the Year, Best Drama score (two noms), Best Comedy score, Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror score, as well as Composer of the Year. His nominations were split between a breadth of work, including Godzilla, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, and The Monuments Men.

In third, John Powell picked up four noms, including Film Score of the Year, all for his magnificent How To Train Your Dragon 2. Rounding out Film Score of the Year were Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar (total of three noms), and Christopher Young’s The Monkey King (Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong).

After the click-through, you can check out the full list of nominees, which includes recognition for many emerging talents and smaller film works that stand alongside the blockbusters and well known names.

For more about the nominations and the IFMCA, read the official press release at the IFMCA’s official website here.

– Erin Corrado

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

The Grand Budapest Hotel, music by Alexandre Desplat

How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell

Interstellar, music by Hans Zimmer

Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard

The Monkey King [Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong], music by Christopher Young

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Marco Beltrami

Alexandre Desplat

James Newton Howard

John Powell

Hans Zimmer

BREAKTHROUGH COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Alexander Cimini

Gustavo Dudamel

Mica Levi

Matthew Llewellyn

John Paesano

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

The Homesman, music by Marco Beltrami

The Imitation Game, music by Alexandre Desplat

The Liberator [Libertador], music by Gustavo Dudamel

The Monuments Men, music by Alexandre Desplat

The Theory of Everything, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

Cantinflas, music by Roque Baños

The Grand Budapest Hotel, music by Alexandre Desplat

A Million Ways to Die in the West, music by Joel McNeely

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, music by Alan Silvestri

Wishin’ and Hopin’, music by Matthew Llewellyn

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, music by James Newton Howard

Inherent Vice, music by Jonny Greenwood

The Maze Runner, music by John Paesano

The Monkey King [Xi You Ji: Da Nao Tian Gong], music by Christopher Young

No God No Master, music by Nuno Malo

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

Autómata, music by Zacarías M. de la Riva

Godzilla, music by Alexandre Desplat

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, music by Howard Shore

Interstellar, music by Hans Zimmer

Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

Asterix: The Land of the Gods [Astérix: Le Domaine des Dieux], music by Philippe Rombi

The Boxtrolls, music by Dario Marianelli

How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell

Son of Batman, music by Frederik Wiedmann

Tarzan, music by David Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY

Ballet Boys, music by Henrik Skram

Bears, music by George Fenton

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, music by Alan Silvestri

Hidden Kingdoms, music by Ben Foster

The Unknown Known, music by Danny Elfman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

Fargo, music by Jeff Russo

Gunshi Kanbei, music by Yūgo Kanno

Isabel, music by Federico Jusid

The Leftovers, music by Max Richter

Penny Dreadful, music by Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Assassin’s Creed: Unity, music by Chris Tilton and Sarah Schachner

The Banner Saga, music by Austin Wintory

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, music by Óscar Araujo

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, music by Geoff Knorr, Griffin Cohen, Michael Curran and Grant Kirkhope

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, music by Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Clint Bajakian, Sam Cardon, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Guidotti and Eímear Noone

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – RE-RELEASE OR RE-RECORDING

The Abyss; music by Alan Silvestri, album produced by Nick Redman and Robert Townson, liner notes by Julie Kirgo, album art direction by Robert Townson and Bill Pitzonka (Varèse Sarabande)

Empire of the Sun; music by John Williams, album produced by Mike Matessino, liner notes by Mike Matessino, album art direction by Jim Titus (La-La Land)

Lair; music by John Debney, additional music by Kevin Kaska, album produced by Dan Goldwasser and John Debney, liner notes by Jeff Bond, album art direction by Dan Goldwasser (La-La Land)

The Lion King; score by Hans Zimmer, songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, album produced by Randy Thornton, liner notes by Hans Zimmer and Don Hahn, album art direction by Lorelay Bové (Disney)

On the Waterfront; music by Leonard Bernstein, album produced by Douglass Fake, liner notes by Frank K. DeWald, album art direction by Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)

BEST ARCHIVAL RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE – COMPILATION

The Ava Collection; music by Elmer Bernstein, album produced by Douglass Fake, liner notes by Douglass Fake, album art direction by Joe Sikoryak (Intrada)

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3; music by Shirley Walker, Carlos Rodriguez, Peter Tomashek, Todd Hayen, Harvey R. Cohen, Michael McCuistion, Lars Clutterham, Stuart Balcomb, Mark Koval, Lolita Ritmanis, Richard Bronskill, Tamara Kline, Carl Johnson, Steve Chesne and James Stemple, album produced by John Takis and Neil S. Bulk, liner notes by John Takis, album art direction by Dan Goldwasser (La-La Land)

Elmer Bernstein: The Wild Side; music by Elmer Bernstein, performed by Big Band de Canarias feat. Esther Ovejero, Kike Perdomo and Sara Andon, album produced by Robert Townson and Kike Perdomo, liner notes by Robert Townson, album art direction by Robert Townson and Bill Pitzonka (Varèse Sarabande)

Henry Mancini: The Classic Soundtrack Collection; music by Henry Mancini, album produced by Didier C. Deutsch and Mark G. Wilder, liner notes by Didier C. Deutsch, album art direction by Chris Mancini and Edward O’Dowd (Legacy/Sony)

The Naked Gun Trilogy; music by Ira Newborn, album produced by Dan Goldwasser and Neil S. Bulk, liner notes by Daniel Schweiger, album art direction by Dan Goldwasser (La-La Land)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

Intrada Records, Douglass Fake and Roger Feigelson

La-La Land Records, MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys

Moviescore Media, Mikael Carlsson

Quartet Records, Jose M. Benitez

Varèse Sarabande, Robert Townson

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

“Flying With Mother” from How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell

“The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, music by Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz and James Newton Howard, lyrics by Suzanne Collins

“Maleficent Flies” from Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard

“Maleficent Suite” from Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard

“Tsunami” from Exodus: Gods and Kings, music by Harry Gregson-Williams

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