At the American Society of Composers, Writers, and Broadcasters’ (ASCAP) annual Screen Music Awards Tuesday night in West Hollywood, some of today’s most talked about film and TV composers received Composers’ Choice Awards.
michael abels Jordan Peele’s sci-fi horror film “Nope” won the Soundtrack of the Year award. Cristobal Tapia de Veer and Kim Neundorf earned TV Score of the Year for their HBO black comedy “The White Lotus.” Bear McCreary It earned Sony Interactive’s Video Game Rating of the Year for its acclaimed “God of War: Ragnarok.”
The Together Documentary Score of the Year went to both Amanda Jones for the National Geographic nature series “Super/Natural” and Jeff Cardoni for the HBO Max skateboarding documentary “Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off.” Cristobal Tapia de Veer also won a second award for Television Theme of the Year for “White Lotus”.
Only de Veer did not participate. The crowd of composers and songwriters was greeted by ASCAP president Paul Williams, along with executives from both the New York and LA offices of the performance rights association.
The Composers’ Choice Awards are voted on by other ASCAP composers and songwriters from nominees selected by film, TV and gaming industry leaders. All nominations were based on 2022 publications in various fields.
The winners were announced at the invite-only party and along with many others. ASCAP Screen Music Awardsare awarded annually in several different categories. Composers awarded for most-streamed series include Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein for “Stranger Things”, Natalie Holt for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and Siddhartha Khosla for “Only Murders in the Building.”
Among the most watched films, John Debney was honored for his music in “Hocus Pocus 2”, while Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Khiyon Hursey, Mark Sonnenblick and Sukari Jones were cited for their work on the songs and soundtrack of “Spirited”.
Simon Franglen was named the composer of the top-grossing movie of the year with “Avatar: The Way of Water,” and veteran composer David Vanacore was honored for his work on shows like “Survivor,” “The Kardashians,” and top-performing themes and underscores. ” and “The Daily Show.”
Composers Matthew Hawkins, Maurice “mO” Jackson, and Neil Martin received awards for best network TV series for their main theme, “NCIS,” while John Sereda received awards for best cable series for the soundtrack for “When Calls the Heart.”
The full list of winners is available on the ASCAP site. Here.
(Image above: ASCAP Composers’ Choice Award winners Kim Neundorf, Jeff Cardoni, Michael Abels, Amanda Jones and Bear McCreary attend the ASCAP Screen Music Awards Party held in Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.)