ANNOUNCED THE IFMCA AWARDS 2009 NOMINEES


JANUARY 29, 2010– The International Film Music Critics Association announces its list of excellence in musical scoring for 2009 with composer Michael Giacchino receiving nine individual nominations, the most for any composer in a given year since the Association began issuing awards in 2004. Along with multiple mentions for his score to the Disney Pixar movie UP and JJ Abrams’ reinvented STAR TREK, Giacchino receives nominations for his scores to the TV series LOST as well as the documentary EARTH DAYS. Giacchino is also nominated for Composer of the Year along with Alexandre Desplat, James Horner, Christopher Young and Brian Tyler.

Both UP and STAR TREK are nominated for Score of the Year, along with James Horner’s score to the worldwide blockbuster AVATAR and Christopher Young’s score to Sam Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL. These film scores are tied with the most nominations this year at four noms each. Alexandre Desplat’s score to THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON rounds out the category.

In the category of Breakout Composer, the Association took notice of scores by up-and-coming composers Henry Jackman (MONSTERS VS ALIENS), Abel Korzeniowski (A SINGLE MAN and BATTLE FOR TERRA), James Peterson (THE RED CANVAS), Clinton Shorter (DISTRICT 9) and Austin Wintory (CAPTAIN ABU RAED, GRACE, MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY).

The nominations by the IMFCA, which has members from around the world, reflect the Association’s global perspective. International nominees include Alejandro Amenábar’s latest movie AGORA with a score by Oscar winner Dario Marianelli; Giuseppe Tornatore’s semi-autobiographical BAARÌA with a score by Ennio Morricone; Australian composer Christopher Gordon’s score to Bruce Beresford’s MAO’S LAST DANCER, about ballet dancer Li Cunxin; as well as the Spanish documentary GARBO: EL ESPÍA with a score by Fernando Velázquez.

The International Film Music Critics will announce the winners of its Sixth Annual Awards on February 26, 2010. The nominees are:

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR

• AVATAR, music by James Horner
• DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young
• STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino
• THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, music by Alexandre Desplat
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Alexandre Desplat
• Michael Giacchino
• James Horner
• Brian Tyler
• Christopher Young

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• Henry Jackman
• Abel Korzeniowski
• James Peterson
• Clinton Shorter
• Austin Wintory

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

• AGORA, music by Dario Marianelli
• BAARÌA, music by Ennio Morricone
• CREATION, music by Christopher Young
• MAO’S LAST DANCER, music by Christopher Gordon
• A SINGLE MAN, music by Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

• COUPLES RETREAT, music by A.R. Rahman
• DUPLICITY, music by James Newton Howard
• THE INFORMANT!, music by Marvin Hamlisch
• JULIE & JULIA, music by Alexandre Desplat
• LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS, music by Debbie Wiseman

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE FILM

• G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, music by Alan Silvestri
• LUCKY LUKE, music by Bruno Coulais
• THE RED CANVAS, music by James Peterson
• SHERLOCK HOLMES, music by Hans Zimmer
• UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, music by Victoria Kelly

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION FILM

• AVATAR, music by James Horner
• THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, music by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
• KNOWING, music by Marco Beltrami
• STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino
• THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, music by Alexandre Desplat
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A HORROR/THRILLER FILM
• DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young
• IMAGO MORTIS, music by Zacarías M. de la Riva
• IN THE ELECTRIC MIST, music by Marco Beltrami
• THE KILLING ROOM, music by Brian Tyler
• TRICK ‘R TREAT, music by Douglas Pipes

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

• A CHRISTMAS CAROL, music by Alan Silvestri
• CORALINE, music by Bruno Coulais
• FANTASTIC MR. FOX, music by Alexandre Desplat
• THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, music by Randy Newman
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

• BROTHERS AT WAR, music by Lee Holdridge
• EARTH DAYS, music by Michael Giacchino
• GARBO: EL ESPÍA, music by Fernando Velázquez
• HOME, music by Armand Amar
• UNDER THE SEA 3D, music by Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

• AVATAR – “War,” music by James Horner
• DRAG ME TO HELL – “Concerto to Hell,” music by Christopher Young
• THE RED CANVAS – “Ballet for Brawlers,” music by James Peterson
• STAR TREK – “Enterprising Young Men,” music by Michael Giacchino
• UP – “Married Life,” music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION

• BATTLESTAR GALACTICA [SEASON 4.5], music by Bear McCreary
• CAPRICA, music by Bear McCreary
• LIFE, music by George Fenton
• LOST [SEASON 5], music by Michael Giacchino
• YELLOWSTONE, music by Edmund Butt

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA

• ASSASSIN’S CREED II, music by Jesper Kyd
• CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2, music by Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer
• HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, music by James Hannigan
• NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, music by Chris Tilton
• SPORE HERO, music by Winifred Phillips

BEST NEW RELEASE/RE-RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE

• BACK TO THE FUTURE, music by Alan Silvestri; Douglass Fake, producer (Intrada)
• INNERSPACE, music by Jerry Goldsmith; M.V. Gerhard and Mike Matessino, producers (La-La Land)
• THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, music by James Horner; James Horner, Simon Rhodes and Douglass Fake, producers (Intrada)
• STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, music by James Horner; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)
• TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, music by Jerry Goldsmith; Bruce Botnick, Lukas Kendall and Mike Matessino, producers (Film Score Monthly)

BEST RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE

• THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, music by Max Steiner, cond. William Stromberg; Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg, producers (Tribute Film Classics)
• EXODUS, music by Ernest Gold, cond. Nic Raine; James Fitzpatrick, producer (Tadlow)
• THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, cond. William Stromberg; Anna Bonn, John Morgan and William Stromberg, producers (Tribute Film Classics)

BEST FILM MUSIC COMPILATION ALBUM OR BOX SET

• 40 BANDES ORIGINALES POUR 40 FILMS, music by Vladimir Cosma; Vladimir Cosma, producer (Larghetto Music)
• DAVID RAKSIN AT M-G-M, music by David Raksin; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)
• THE FILM MUSIC OF MISCHA SPOLIANSKY, music by Mischa Spoliansky; Philip Lane, Ralph Couzens and Neil Varley, producers (Chandos)
• HOWARD SHORE: COLLECTOR’S EDITION Vol. 1, music by Howard Shore; Jonathan Schultz, producer (Howe)
• NORTHWEST PASSAGE: CLASSIC WESTERN SCORES FROM M-G-M Vol. 2 (1940-1974), music by various composers; Lukas Kendall, producer (Film Score Monthly)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR

• Film Score Monthly
• Intrada
• La-La Land Records
• MovieScore Media
• Varèse Sarabande

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.

The IFMCA was originally formed in the late 1990s as the now-defunct “Film Music Critics Jury” by editor and journalist Mikael Carlsson, a regular contributor to filmmusicradio.com and filmmusicmag.com, and the owner of the Swedish independent film music label MovieScore Media.

Since its inception, the IFMCA has grown to comprise over 50 members from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Previous IFMCA Score of the Year Awards have been awarded to Alexandre Desplat’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON in 2008, Dario Marianelli’s ATONEMENT in 2007, James Newton Howard’s LADY IN THE WATER in 2006, John Williams’ MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in 2005 and Michael Giacchino’s THE INCREDIBLES in 2004.

The IFMCA strives to encompass and champion all genres of musical scoring and the composers who excel in them. Running the gamut of writing for theatrical movies to music for video games, composers all have the same job and that is to enhance the vision of their project with music. As such, the IFMCA acknowledges the broad spectrum of ways in which artists can write unique and varied music for their medium.

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.

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Black Sunday – John Williams (FSMCD Vol.12 No.19)

High Road To China – John Barry (BSXCD 8864)

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Ernest Gold (Kritzerland KR 20014-7)

Santa Claus The Movie – Henry Mancini (Singular SINGSCE0004

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES ‘DARK VOID’™ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK


Highly Anticipated Orchestral Score Written and Produced by Acclaimed “Battlestar Galactica” Composer Bear McCreary

New York – Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Capcom®, proudly presents Dark Void™ Original Soundtrack featuring the original orchestral score composed by Bear McCreary for the new third-person action game Dark Void. Developed by Airtight Studios and Capcom, Dark Void combines the thrill of soaring jetpack action with unique vertical cover and on-ground combat. Dark Void marks the first time that Bear McCreary, the composer of popular sci-fi TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” has created a score for a video game. The Dark Void Original Soundtrack will release on February 9th, 2010 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works http://www.sumthing.com/, and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital http://www.sumthingdigital.com/.

Recorded at the renowned Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage and performed by some of the best orchestral musicians in the world, Dark Void Original Soundtrack features 80 minutes of score hand-picked by composer Bear McCreary. It also includes a special bonus track, “Theme from Dark Void (Mega Version),” an 8-bit rendering of the main theme produced by McCreary for Capcom’s just shipped downloadable DSiWare™ title, Dark Void™ Zero.

Dark Void is a new sci-fi action-adventure game that combines an adrenaline-fuelled blend of aerial and on-foot combat set in a parallel universe called “The Void”. Players will take on the role of Will; a pilot dropped into incredible circumstances while on a routine air cargo flight he crash lands into the Bermuda triangle leading him to be trapped in the Void. This unlikely hero soon finds himself swept into a desperate struggle for survival at the head of a group called The Survivors. Also stuck in the Void, these resistance fighters are battling to hold off a mysterious alien race that plans to threaten Earth.

Capcom will release Dark Void on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC in North America on January 19, 2010 and across Europe on January 22, 2010. For more information on Dark Void, please visit http://www.darkvoidgame.com/. Dark Void Zero, Capcom’s long lost prequel to Dark Void and ode to classic 8-bit gaming, is available today as a downloadable title for Nintendo’s DSiWare.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit http://www.sumthing.com/ and http://www.sumthingdigital.com/.

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES ‘HALO LEGENDS’ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK


Brand new orchestrations of the classic Halo themes originally created by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori with new original Anime music composed by Tetsuya Takahashi and Yasuharu Takanashi

New York – Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Halo Legends Original Soundtrack featuring the original music from the anime series Halo Legends composed by Tetsuya Takahashi (Sonic: Night of the Werehog, Resident Evil: Degeneration) and Yasuharu Takanashi (Genji: Dawn of the Samurai). Presented by 343 Industries Halo Legends is an unprecedented gathering of the finest talent in Japanese animation that have drawn together to explore the mystery and action of the Halo universe. Halo Legends Original Soundtrack will be released on February 9th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works http://www.sumthing.com/, and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital http://www.sumthingdigital.com/ and iTunes®.

Created by some of the world’s leading anime studios including Bones Inc., Casio Entertainment Inc., Production I.G, STUDIO4°C and Toei Animation, Halo Legends takes one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to an amazing new level; Eight episodes and a stunning range of visual styles shed new light and epic perspective on Halo lore. Halo Legends will be distributed by Warner Home Video on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital formats on Feb. 16, 2010.

For more information on Halo Legends, please visit http://www.halolegends.com/ and http://www.halolegendsdvd.com/.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit http://www.sumthing.com/ and http://www.sumthingdigital.com/.

THE BAFTA NOMINEES AT THE FILM MUSIC CATEGORIES


AVATAR – James Horner

CRAZY HEART – T. Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton

FANTASTIC MR. FOX – Alexandre Desplat

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL – Chaz Jankel

UP – Michael Gaicchino

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Film Score Monthly


Film Score Monthly – BLACK SUNDAY (John Williams, January)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


ALICE – Ben Mink (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 997 2)

THE BLUE MAX (Complete Score) – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada Special Collection Volume 120) – 65:33

CADDYSHACK – Johnny Mandel & Various (La-La Land LLLCD 1118)

THE HURT LOCKER – Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders (Lakeshore 34120)

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM – Jerry Goldsmith (FSMCD Vol.12 No.20)

LEAP YEAR – Randy Edelman (Varèse Sarabande 302 067 002 2)

TOOTH FAIRY – George S. Clinton (Varèse Sarabande 302 067 003 2)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES – Film Score Monthly, Kritzerland, Varèse Sarabande


Film Score Monthly – January: ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (Jerry Goldsmith)

Kritzerland – January: IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (Ernest Gold)

Varèse Sarabande – February 23rd: THE CRAZIES (Mark Isham), THE GHOSTWRITER (Alexandre Desplat)