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Last week the film, TV, trailer, and advertising music communities celebrated the 5th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards, honoring brilliant work in the craft across all disciplines

Both Variety and Billboard, published recaps of the event, which featured performances by Laura Welsh, Mat Kearney and Kevin Ross, and special guest presenters like Moby, Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian), Ester Dean (Pitch Perfect), Gavin Rossdale and more, all of whom seemed to rather get a kick out of the whole thing.

My personal assessment is that it was an amazing and inspiring experience to be surrounded by so many peers, friends and mentors. A nice reminder of what an amazing community I stumbled into, and how lucky I am to work, struggle and create alongside these people every day. To be able to call myself a “music supervisor”. And the lamb lollipops were on point.

Bravo and congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Thank you for inspiring me and blowing my mind and constantly expanding my understanding of the craft with your work.

So if you’re unclear on just how essential music is to any and every form of media, start by taking a look at the below.

Disclaimer: I attempted to find clips from all the winning films and television shows, but was not always successful. Trailers are included where clips couldn’t be found, but please note that trailer and promo music is a separate art form (see the trailer music category below). In these cases the trailer is just to incentivize you to watch the full length media.

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – TELEVISION COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Girls, Season 3 – Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe
Glee, Season 5 – PJ Bloom
Hit the Floor, Season 2 – Joel C. High and Erin Dillon
Nashville, Season 3 – Frankie Pine
Shameless, Season 4 – Ann Kline

Winner: Frankie Pine for Nashville, Season 3

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – TELEVISION DRAMA
American Horror Story: Freak Show – PJ Bloom
Peaky Blinders, Season 2 – Amelia Hartley
Reign, Season 2 – Madonna Wade-Reed
Teen Wolf, Seasons 3B and 4 – Laura Webb
The Blacklist, Season 1 – John Bissell

Winner: Madonna Wade-Reed for Reign, Season 2

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – REALITY TELEVISION
American Idol, Season 13 – Robin Kaye
America’s Got Talent, Season 9 – Meryl Ginsberg
Best Bars in America, Season 1 – Carrie Hughes
So You Think You Can Dance, Season 11 – Nancy Severinsen
The Voice, Seasons 6 and 7 – Clyde Lieberman and Jill Meyers

Winner(s): Jill Meyers and Clyde Lieberman for The Voice, Seasons 6 and 7

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – TELEVISION LONG FORM AND MOVIES
Drumline: A New Beat – Tricia Holloway
Houdini – Maureen Crowe
In My Dreams – Andrea von Foerster
The Normal Heart – PJ Bloom

Winner: PJ Bloom for The Normal Heart

And click here for a lovely, music-driven moment from the film that I was unable to embed.

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – FILM OVER 25 MILLION
Guardians of the Galaxy – Dave Jordan
Annie – Matt Sullivan and Wende Crowley
Get On Up – Budd Carr and Margaret Yen
The Book Of Life – John Houlihan
Into The Woods – Paul Gemignani and Michael Higham

Winner: Dave Jordan for Guardians of the Galaxy

Watch the brilliant main title sequence featuring Redbone’s “Come And Get Your Love” here (also something I was unable to embed).

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – FILM UNDER 25 MILLION
Birdman – Lynn Fainchtein
St. Vincent – Randall Poster
The Fault In Our Stars – Season Kent
Wild – Susan Jacobs
Chef – Mathieu Schreyer

Winner: Season Kent for The Fault In Our Stars

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – FILM UNDER 10 MILLION
Beyond The Lights – Julia Michels
JIMI: All Is By My Side – Chris Mollere
Begin Again – Matt Sullivan and Andrea von Foerster

Winner: Matt Sullivan and Andrea von Foerster for Begin Again

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – FILM UNDER 5 MILLION
Boyhood – Randall Poster
Whiplash – Andy Ross
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon – John Houlihan and Willa Yudell
We Are The Best – Rasmus Thord
Rudderless – Liz Gallacher

Winner: Andy Ross for Whiplash

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN GAMES
FIFA 15 – Cybele Pettus [Electronic Arts]
Sunset Overdrive – Laura Katz and Gregory J. Gordon [Insomniac Games and Pyramind Studios]
Hohokum – Alex Hackford [Sony Computer Entertainment]
Forza Horizon 2 – Kyle Hopkins, Maya Halfon and Rob Da Bank [Microsoft Studios]
The Sims 4 – Steve Schnur and Cybele Pettus [Electronic Arts]

Winner: Cybele Pettus for FIFA 15

BEST USE OF MUSIC, BRAND
Coke – Joe Belliotti
AllSaints – Michael Gross
Nike – JT Griffith

Winner: JT Griffith for Nike

BEST USE OF MUSIC, MUSIC HOUSE / AGENCY
Walker – Sara Matarazzo
Able Baker – Jessica Dierauer and Peter Gannon
GSD&M – David Rockwood
Deutsch – David Rocco
Elias Arts – Jason Kramer
Media Arts Lab – Peymon Maskan

Winner: Peymon Maskan for Media Arts Lab

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION – TRAILERS
Inherent Vice, Teaser – Vanessa Jorge [Aspect Ratio]
Interstellar, Trailer #2 – Bobby Gumm and Michael Paquette [Trailer Park]
Mad Max, Teaser – Sanaz Lavaedian [Mocean]
50 Shades Of Grey, Teaser – Serena Undercolfer [Concept Arts]
Birdman, Teaser – Chase Casanova [Mark Woollen]

Winner: Vanessa Jorge for the Inherent Vice Teaser

Lastly, awards in two categories were given by the Guild Of Music Supervisors Board of Directors based on excellence in use of music by a studio department:

2014 STUDIO AWARD FOR MUSIC IN FILM
Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox

2014 STUDIO AWARD FOR MUSIC IN TELEVISION
Fox Television Studios

Fifth Annual GMS Awards Format
Of course I had to give a special shout out to my Format family, Dave Jordan (Winner, Guardians of the Galaxy), Julia Michels and Julianne Jordan.