ASCAP Honors Top Film & TV Composers at 2015 Ceremony
Composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sean Callery and Austin Wintory were honored by their peers Monday at ASCAP's 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards.
The three received the PRO's Composers' Choice Awards, chosen by its writer members through an online voting process, at ceremonies honoring the composers behind the top films at the box office, the most-performed television music and the top video game music of 2014.
Jóhannsson was honored for his score to The Theory of Everything; Callery, whose 2014 work included Bones, Elementary and Homeland, was named TV Composer of the Year; and Wintory received the first-ever Video Game Score of the Year for The Banner Saga.
ASCAP also honored one of its own: Nancy Knutsen, a 27-year veteran of ASCAP's Film & Television Music Department and former senior vp. Composer John Williams, who worked with Knutsen in Boston in the late 1970s while he was working on the Star Wars trilogy, presented the award, calling her "my favorite little Ewok."
Elliot Goldenthal received the ASCAP Founders Award from four-time Oscar-nominated director Michael Mann, his collaborator on Heat and Public Enemies.
Deborah Lurie received the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award, an award established last year to honor composers who have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. Paramount Music president Randy Spendlove and director Joe Nussbaum presented the award to Lurie.
"We need more aspiring women composers," Lurie said in a speech long on praise for ASCAP and Spendlove. "It's a great idea and not a political idea."
To entertain the group, Shawn Patterson performed his "Everything Is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie with vocalist Sammy Allen. The songwriting team of Dave Kushner, Curtis Stigers and Bob Thiele performed their theme to Sons of Anarchy.
Composers and songwriters honored in the Top Box Office Films category included Lorne Balfe (Penguins of Madagascar, Son of God), Joseph Bishara (Annabelle), Pedro Bromfman (RoboCop), Patrick Doyle (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Sia Furler (Annie), Michael Giacchino (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Glennie-Smith (Heaven Is for Real), Henry Jackman (Big Hero 6, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Greg Kurstin (Annie), Nicholas Littlemore (Dumb and Dumber To), Dario Marianelli (The Boxtrolls), Peter Mayes (Dumb and Dumber To), Bret McKenzie (Muppets Most Wanted), Will Musser (God's Not Dead), John Paesano (The Maze Runner), Shawn Patterson (The LEGO Movie), Heitor Pereira (If I Stay), John Powell (How to Train YourDragon 2, Rio 2), Steven Price (Fury), Trent Reznor (Gone Girl), Gustavo Santaolalla (The Book of Life), Howard Shore (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods), Luke Steele (Dumb and Dumber To), Fernando Velázquez (Hercules), Nathaniel Walcott (The Fault in our Stars), Nathan Whitehead (The Purge: Anarchy), ASCAP President Paul Williams (The Book of Life) and Hans Zimmer (Interstellar, Son of God, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
ASCAP composers whose combined works earned the highest number of performance credits on network, local and cable television in the category of themes and dramatic underscore for the 2014 survey year were Joel Beckerman, Sean Callery, Robert Duncan, Jay Ferguson, James Levine, Jeff Lippencott, Gabriel Mann, Didier Lean Rachou, David Vanacore and Mark T. Williams.
The composers who wrote the themes and underscore for the highest rated television series in 2014 were: J.J. Abrams (Almost Human, Person of Interest), Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men), Matt Bowen (Bachelor in Paradise), Descemer Bueno (Lo Que La Vida Me Robó), Sean Callery (Bones, Elementary, Homeland), Jeff Cardoni (The Lottery), Lisa Coleman (Witches of East End), Fred Coury (The Night Shift), Catherine Dennis (American Idol), Scott Doherty (Orange Is the New Black), Jim Dooley (The Last Ship), Robert Duncan (Castle), Russell Emanuel (Mountain Men), Tobias Enhus (Almost Human), Marc Fantini (Criminal Minds), Steffan Fantini (Criminal Minds), Jay Ferguson (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jamie Forsyth (Bones), Grant Geissman (Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men), Julian Gingell (American Idol), Scott Gordon (Criminal Minds), Jacob Groth (Unforgettable), Jay Gruska (Supernatural), Jared Gutstadt (The Voice), Mark Hadley (Twisted), Matthew Hawkins (NCIS), Lee Holdridge (WhenCalls the Heart), Jesse Huerta (Qué Pobres TanRicos), Joy Huerta (Qué Pobres Tan Ricos), Enrique Iglesias (Lo Que La Vida Me Robó), Robert Irving (When Calls the Heart), Maurice "m.O" Jackson (NCIS), Brandon Jay (Orange Is the New Black), Vincent Jones (Sullivan & Son), Kenneth Jordan (Almost Human), John Kavanaugh (Sofia the First), Josh Kelley (Mike & Molly), Dave Kushner (Sons of Anarchy, Sullivan & Son), Russ Landau (Survivor: Cagayan & San Juan Del Sur), Brian Lapin (Black-ish, Instant Mom, Madam Secretary), James Levine (American Horror Story, Royal Pains, The Last Ship), Jeff Lippencott (Masterchef, Shark Tank, The Biggest Loser), John Lunn (Downton Abbey), Clare Manchon (Black Box), Olivier Manchon (Black Box), Gabriel Mann (Friends with Better Lives, Modern Family, The McCarthys, Twisted), Neil Martin (NCIS), Bear McCreary (Black Sails, Defiance, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander, The Walking Dead), Daniel McGrath (Dancing with the Stars), Wendy Melvoin (Witches of East End), MateoMessina (Growing Up Fisher), Julia Newmann (Bones), John O'Brien (Sullivan & Son), John Paesano (Crisis, Dragons: Defenders of Berk), Shawn Patterson (Robot Chicken), Jeff Peters (The Voice), Josh Phillips (Dancing with the Stars), Photek (How to Get Away with Murder), Dave Porter (The Blacklist), Steven Price (Believe), Matthew Puckett (NY Med), Didier Lean Rachou (Gold Rush: The Dirt), Orr Rebhun (The Crazy Ones), Max Richter (The Leftovers), Ed Robertson (The Big Bang Theory), Jeff Rona (Dominion), Elvin Ross (The Haves and the Have Nots), Jeff Russo (Fargo), Schimmer Music Productions (The Voice), John Sereda (When Calls the Heart), Jeremy Silver (Friends with Better Lives), Stanley A. Smith (Let's Stay Together), Mark Snow (Blue Bloods, Elementary), Curtis Stigers (Sons of Anarchy), Barry Stone (American Idol), Ron Sures (Rookie Blue), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Carl Thiel (Last Man Standing), Bob Thiele (Sons of Anarchy), Paul Thomas (When Calls the Heart), David Vanacore (Big Brother, Survivor: Cagayan & San Juan Del Sur, Undercover Boss), Ron Wasserman (Kirstie), Erica Weis (The Crazy Ones), Nathan Whitehead (The Last Ship), Mark T. Williams (Masterchef, Shark Tank, The Biggest Loser), James Wright (Let's Stay Together) and Marcelo Zarvos (Extant).