Diane Warren & James Newton Howard Among Top Winners at 2021 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

Diane Warren
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Other winners included John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste, Ludwig Göransson, Emile Mosseri and Benjamin Wallfisch.

Diane Warren and James Newton Howard may have moved a step closer to winning their first Academy Awards after taking key awards at the 11th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The show was held virtually and pre-recorded for a premiere airing on Wednesday (Jan. 27) on The show will remain on the site for at least two days.

Warren took best outstanding song – feature film for “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead. Warren, who has received 11 Oscar nods for best original song without a win (yet) co-wrote the song with Laura Pausini and Niccolò Agliardi. Pausini performed it on the film’s soundtrack and also performed it at this virtual awards event.

Howard took outstanding score – feature film for News of The World. Howard has received eight Oscar nods without a win—six of them in scoring categories.

Other winners on the night included John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste, Ludwig Göransson, Emile Mosseri and Benjamin Wallfisch.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs) honor composers, songwriters and music supervisors for their work in music for film, television, and video games.

Producer David Foster presented the HMMA career achievement honor to Kenny Loggins, who performed his 1980 hit “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack at the virtual event.

Colin Hay presented outstanding music documentary to another famed Australian act, Bee Gees, for The Bee Gees: How Do You Mend A Broken Heart.

Rita Wilson won outstanding song – independent film for "Everybody Cries" from The Outpost, which she co-wrote with Rod Lurie and Larry Groupé. Wilson performs the song on the soundtrack and also performed it at the virtual event from her studio.

Other live (well, virtually live) performances included Celeste performing “Hear My Voice” from The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Kris Bowers and Andra Day performing Nat King Cole’s 1951 classic “Unforgettable” on Cole’s Steinway at Capitol Records where the song was originally recorded; and Starr Parodi performing “Over the Rainbow” on her studio’s 1928 Steinway which was reputedly used in scoring sessions for the 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz.

The HMMA points with pride to its role as an Academy Awards bellwether. A press release notes: “Past HMMA winners who went on to Oscar wins in music categories include scores for Joker, Black Panther, Shape of Water and Gravity and songs from A Star Is Born and La La Land. Historically, a high percentage of HMMA score and song nominees went on to be Oscar shortlisted or nominated.”

Here’s a complete list of winners:

Outstanding score – feature film:
News Of the World (Universal Pictures/Netflix) - James Newton Howard

Outstanding score – independent film:
Minari (A24) - Emile Mosseri

Outstanding score – animated film:
Soul (Walt Disney Studios) - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Outstanding score – sci-fi/fantasy:
Tenet (Warner Bros./HBO Max) - Ludwig Göransson

Outstanding score - horror film:
The Invisible Man (Universal Pictures) - Benjamin Wallfisch

Outstanding score – documentary:
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (Netflix) - Steven Price

Outstanding song – feature film:
“Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se) - written by Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi. Performed by Laura Pausini (Netflix)

Outstanding song – independent film:
"Everybody Cries" from The Outpost - written by Rod Lurie, Larry Groupé, Rita Wilson. Performed by Rita Wilson (Screen Media Films)

Outstanding song – animated film:
“Just Sing” from Trolls World Tour - written by Max Martin, Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Sarah Aarons (Universal Studios)

Outstanding song – documentary:
"Never Break" from Giving Voice - written by John Legend, Nasri Atweh, Benjamin Hudson Mcildowie, Greg Wells, John Stephens. Performed by John Legend. (Netflix)

Outstanding score – independent film (foreign language):
Blizzard Of Souls (Dvēseļu Putenis) (Access - A/Pandastorm) - Lolita Ritmanis

Outstanding score – TV movie/streamed:
Evil Eye (Amazon Prime Video) - Ronit Kirchman

Outstanding music documentary/special program:
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - produced by Jeanne Elfant Festa, Mark Monroe, Nigel Sinclair. Directed by Frank Marshall (HBO Documentary Films / HBO Max)

Outstanding score – TV show/limited series:
The Queen's Gambit (Netflix) - Carlos Rafael Rivera

Outstanding score - documentary TV series:
Belushi (Showtime) - Tree Adams

Outstanding main title theme – TV show/limited series:
Hollywood (Netflix) - Nathan Barr

Outstanding song – TV show/limited series:
"All For Us" from Euphoria - written by Timothy Lee McKenzie aka Labrinth. Performed by Zendaya & Labrinth (HBO/HBO Max

Outstanding music supervision – film:
Bonnie Greenberg - The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se) (Netflix)

Outstanding music supervision – television:
Angela Vicari - The Eddy (Netflix)

Outstanding music supervision – video game:
Square-Enix sound division - Final Fantasy VII remake

Outstanding score – short film (animated):
Mime Your Manners - Corey Wallace

Outstanding score - short film (live action):
Imagine Symphony Live - Chris Thomas

Outstanding score – video game:
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - John Paesano

Outstanding song – video game:
"The Baddest" from League Of Legends - written by Riot Music Team and Bekuh Boom; vocals by Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, Miyeon of (G)I-DLE, Bea Miller and Wolftyla

Outstanding song/score – mobile video game:
Call Of Duty: Mobile - Wilbert Roget, II; Guillaume Roussel and additional artists

Outstanding soundtrack album:
Promising Young Woman (Capitol Records)

Music video (independent):
"The National Parks" - Wildflower

Live concert for visual media:
Shawn Mendes: Live in Concert (Netflix)

Song/score – trailer:
DUNE trailer - music supervisor/music director: Stephanie Koury. Music score by Hans Zimmer. Eclipse written by Roger Waters.

Song/score – commercial advertisement:
“Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)” Kinder Bueno - TV commercial:
Song written by Rainer Pietsch & Amanda Lear. Produced & composed by Jake Warren. Performed by Alice Ella.

Main title – TV show (foreign language):
Dofaat Beirut - Amir Hedayah (Lebanon)

Original song – short film:
“Brave” from The Great Artist - written by Jon Altham, Pia Toscano, Matthew Postlethwaite. Vocal by Pia Toscano

Special citation:
"The Soundtrack Of Our Lives" - Streaming special benefitting MusiCares

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