Intl Film Music Critics Assoc. Announces 2009 Winners For Scoring Excellence; Giacchino Receives 4 Awards For “Up”, “Trek”

Film Music Magazine • March 3, 2010

Michael Giacchino has won the 2009 Score of the Year award from the International Film Music Critics Association for his inventive and nostalgic score for the Disney Pixar film, UP, which also wins Best Original Score for an Animated Feature. Giacchino receives a total of four awards, including Composer of the Year, in part for also writing the Best Original Score to a Fantasy/Science Fiction Feature winner for the JJ Abrams STAR TREK reboot.

Giacchino won the Association’s first Score of the Year award in 2004 for THE INCREDIBLES, another Pixar film.

Christopher Young wins two awards for DRAG ME TO HELL: Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film and Film Music Compostion of the Year for “Concerto to Hell.” Also receiving two awards is James Peterson for Breakout Composer of the Year and Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Feature for the mixed martial arts prison movie THE RED CANVAS.

Veteran composer Marvin Hamlisch wins Best Original Score for a Comedy Film for Steven Soderbergh’s THE INFORMANT!, while Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski takes the Best Original Score for a Drama Film award for director Tom Ford’s debut film, A SINGLE MAN. Rounding out the feature film winners is Armand Amar’s Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature for the French nature documentary HOME.

In other original scoring categories, Bear McCreary who has been nominated for every season of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA wins his first award for Best Original Score for Television for the final season of the SyFy series; and James Hannigan receives the Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media award for the movie spin-off game for HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE.

Intrada takes its fourth Record Label of the Year award for its continued excellence in soundtrack release, including the long-anticipated, complete release of Alan Silvestri’s 1985 score for BACK TO THE FUTURE this year’s Best New Release/Re-Release of an Existing Score winner. The Film Score Monthly label takes the Best Film Music Compilation Album or Box Set award for DAVID RAKSIN AT M-G-M and Tadlow label wins the Best Re-Recording of an Existing Score award for its new recording of Ernest Gold’s EXODUS.

INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS – 2009 WINNERS

FILM CATEGORIES

FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
• MICHAEL GIACCHINO

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM
• A SINGLE MAN, music by Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM
• THE INFORMANT!, music by Marvin Hamlisch

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION FILM
• STAR TREK, music by Michael Giacchino

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A HORROR/THRILLER FILM
• DRAG ME TO HELL, music by Christopher Young

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE
• UP, music by Michael Giacchino

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
• DRAG ME TO HELL – “Concerto to Hell,” music by Christopher Young

OTHER CATEGORIES

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION
• BATTLESTAR GALACTICA [SEASON 4.5], music by Bear McCreary

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A VIDEO GAME OR INTERACTIVE MEDIA
• HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, music by James Hannigan

BEST NEW RELEASE/RE-RELEASE OF AN EXISTING SCORE
• BACK TO THE FUTURE, music by Alan Silvestri; Douglass Fake, producer (Intrada)

BEST RE-RECORDING OF AN EXISTING SCORE
• EXODUS, music by Ernest Gold, conductor Nic Raine; James Fitzpatrick, producer (Tadlow)

FILM MUSIC RECORD LABEL OF THE YEAR
• INTRADA

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