Nicholas Britell is the top nominee at the third annual SCL Awards, presented by the Society of Composers & Lyricists. Britell received three nominations — best score for a studio film for the Netflix film Don’t Look Up, best song from a musical or comedy for “Just Look Up” from that film, and best television score for HBO’s Succession.
The awards were set to be presented on Feb. 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, with Emmy winner Darren Criss hosting, but on Friday (Jan. 7) they were postponed to an unspecified date.
“Upon careful consideration of our members’ safety, analysis with city and state officials, and our partners, we have made the decision to postpone the 3rd Annual SCL Awards ceremony to a later date,” said Ashley Irwin, president of the SCL, in a statement. “We are determined to keep this an in-person event, and, therefore, the safety and health concerns of those in our music community, our staff, and the production team are of the utmost importance.
“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, we believe that going ahead with the show on Feb. 1 would not be the best course of action. We look forward to celebrating our members’ outstanding work with you all on a future date, to be announced.”
The postponement came two days after the 64th annual Grammy Awards were postponed from Jan. 31 to an unspecified date in the spring.
Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell and Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are set to receive the spirit of collaboration award. That award to composers and filmmakers who have worked together harmoniously is the SCL Awards’ most distinctive honor. Burwell and the Coen Brothers have collaborated on 17 films including Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and The Tragedy of Macbeth, which was directed and adapted by Joel Coen.
The event is set to include musical performances from Grammy winner Judith Hill (20 Feet From Stardom) as well as Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the Grammy-nominated songwriters behind Bridgerton: The Unofficial Musical, which is nominated for best musical theater album. A musical tribute will accompany the spirit of collaboration award.
Seven awards will be presented for music in visual media (film, TV, streaming, interactive) in addition to the the David Raksin award for emerging talent. The latter award is named after the Oscar-nominated film scorer (Forever Amber, Separate Tables) who died in 2004.
The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) is the primary organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists. The organization is focused on education and addressing the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy issues affecting the music for visual media community. For more information, visit the SCL’s website.
Here’s the complete list of SCL Awards nominations.
Nicholas Britell, Don’t Look Up, Netflix
Hans Zimmer, Dune, Warner Bros.
Germaine Franco, Encanto, Walt Disney Pictures
Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch, Searchlight Pictures
Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog, Netflix
Kubilay Uner, American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, Vertical Entertainment
Daniel Hart, The Green Knight, A24
Rachel Portman, Julia, Storyville Films/CNN
Alberto Iglesias, Parallel Mothers, Sony Pictures Classics
Jonny Greenwood, Spencer, Neon/Topic Studios
Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Taura Stinson, “Just Look Up,” Don’t Look Up, Netflix
Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” Respect, MGM/United Artists
Amie Doherty, “Fearless,” Spirit Untamed, Dreamworks Animation
Kris Bowers, Siedah Garrett, “Together All The Way,” Dear White People, Netflix
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Home All Summer,” In the Heights, Warner Bros.
Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, “No Time to Die,” No Time to Die, MGM/United Artists
Diane Warren, “Somehow You Do,” Four Good Days, Vertical Entertainment
Rufus Wainwright, “Secret Sister,” Rebel Hearts, Discovery+
Diane Warren, “(Never Gonna) Tame You,” The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, Virgil Films
Shawn Carter, Scott Mescudi, Jeymes Samuel, “Guns Go Bang,” The Harder They Fall, Netflix
Natalie Holt, Loki, Disney+
Jung Jae-il, Squid Game, Netflix
Nicholas Britell, Succession, HBO
Christophe Beck, Wandavision, Disney
Cristabel Tapia de Veer, The White Lotus, Apple
Austin Wintory, Alien Fireteam Elite, Cold Iron
Hildur Guđnadóttir & Sam Slater, Battlefield 2042, Digital Illusions CE, Electronic Arts
Germaine Franco, Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness, Universal Beijing Resort & Dreamworks Animation
David Raksin Award:
Joy Ngaiw, Blush, Apple TV+
Anne-Kathrin Dern, The Claus Family, Netflix
Stephanie Economou, Jupiter’s Legacy, Netflix