awardsseasonAwards season is officially in full swing. Some big ones are behind us, but the big one is still ahead. It seemed like as good a time as any to take stock of where things stand for the film and television music communities (but mostly film).

Spotify playlists of all nominated songs and selections from each score (across all the awards) can be found below!

LA Film Critics Awards

Winners for Best Music Score (Tie!):

Jonny Greenwood Inherent Vice

Mica Levi Under The Skin

Golden Globes

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson The Theory Of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez Birdman
Hans Zimmer Interstellar

The Winner:
Jóhann Jóhannsson The Theory Of Everything

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” – Lana Del Rey (Big Eyes)
“Glory” – Common/John Legend (Selma)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)
“Mercy Is” – Patti Smith (Noah)
“Opportunity” – Sia (Annie)

The Winner:
“Glory” – Common and John Legend (Selma)

Critics Choice Awards

Best Score
Alexandre Desplat The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez Birdman
Hans Zimmer Interstellar

The Winner:
Antonio Sanchez Birdman

Best Song
“Big Eyes” – Lana Del Rey (Big Eyes)
“Glory” – Common and John Legend (Selma)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – Lorde (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1)
“Everything Is Awesome” – Jo Li and the Lonely Island (The Lego Movie)
“Lost Stars” – Keira Knightley (Begin Again)

The Winner:
“Glory – Common and John Legend (Selma)

Annie Awards, awards given specifically for excellence in animation:

Music in an Animated Feature Production
John Powell, Jónsi How to Train Your Dragon 2
Nicole Renaud Cheatin’
Danny Elfman Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Bruno Coulais & Kila Song of the Sea
Joe Hisaishi The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Winner:
John Powell, Jónsi How to Train Your Dragon 2

Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Christopher Willis Disney Mickey Mouse
Peter Lurye, George Gabriel, Chris Gifford Dora and Friends: Into the City!
Jay Vincent, Michael Kramer, Jeppe Riddervold, Erin Chapman LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter & Michael McCuistion Marvel’s Avengers Assemble
Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott Tumble Leaf

Winner:
Christopher Willis Disney Mickey Mouse

Also upcoming, are the BAFTA Film Awards:

Original Music
Alexandre Desplat The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer Interstellar
Jóhann Jóhannsson The Theory of Everything
Antonio Sanchez Birdman
Mica Levi Under The Skin

The winners will be announced on February 8.

It should be noted that Birdman was actually deemed ineligible for an Academy Award nomination (despite appeals by Iñárritu). This article explains why…and illuminates just how narrow the Academy’s view of film music is.

“In dispute was the fact that even though Sanchez’s drum score was dominant, comprising more than 50% of the total music, at question was the use of classical music cues for other points in the film. Under their rules of eligibility as spelled out in their guidelines for entrants, ‘scores diluted by use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible’.”

That said, here are the nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards:

Music – Original Score
Alexandre Desplat The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer Interstellar
Gary Yershon Mr Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson The Theory of Everything

Music – Original Song
“Lost Stars” – Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois (Begin Again)
“Everything Is Awesome” – Shawn Patterson (The LEGO Movie)
“Glory” – Common and John Legend (Selma)
“Grateful” – Diane Warren (Beyond the Lights)
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me)

Thank you to The Washington Post for their reaction:

“The nom for Beyond the Lights is a pleasant surprise. It was a great movie that far too few people saw.”

Tune in on Sunday February 22nd for the 87th Annual Academy Awards to find out who the winners are!

Did I leave anyone out? Who do you think should win the Oscar?

Songs In Consideration:

Scores In Consideration: