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Winners of 11th Annual IFMCA Awards Announced Today

February 19, 2015

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At noon EST today, the International Film Music Critics Association announced its winners for musical scoring in 2014.  Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

81VnhAMhc4L._SL1425_Taking home the award for Film Score of the Year is composer Hans Zimmer for Interstellar.  This is his nineteenth nomination and third win since the awards started in 2004.  Composer of the Year went to Alexandre Desplat for his impressive body of work in 2014, including Godzilla, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, and The Monuments MenThe Grand Budapest Hotel also took home the award for Best Score for a Comedy Film.  

Breakout Composer of the Year went to Mica Levi for Under the Skin.  Best Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film went to James Newton Howard for Maleficent, and Best Original Score for an Animated Feature went to John Powell for How to Train Your Dragon 2HTTYD 2 also picked up a second award, with the track “Flying with Mother” being named Film Music Composition of the Year, a much deserved win in a very strong category of nominees.

As always, the awards reflect a mix of more and lesser known composers and films, as well as the opinions of an international body of critics.  All in all, it was an impressive year for scoring, both on the indie and studio side of things.

You can see the full list of winners after the jump, and here’s to another great year of film scoring!

– Erin Corrado

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

Interstellar, music by Hans Zimmer

COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Alexandre Desplat

BREAKTHROUGH COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Mica Levi

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

The Homesman, music by Marco Beltrami

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

The Grand Budapest Hotel, music by Alexandre Desplat

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

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

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

Maleficent, music by James Newton Howard

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

How to Train Your Dragon 2, music by John Powell

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY

The Unknown Known, music by Danny Elfman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

Isabel, music by Federico Jusid

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

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

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

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)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

La-La Land Records, MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

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

For more information about the International Film Music Critics Association see the official site here, visit the Facebook page here, follow on Twitter @ifmca, or contact press@filmmusiccritics.org.  

You can also read the official IFMCA winners press release here.

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