On the morning of January 14th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences revealed the 2016 Academy Award nominees, and ASCAP composers and songwriters took 70% of the music categories.
From elegant chamber music to pounding percussion, swelling art songs to pop radio smashes, this year’s ASCAP nominees highlighted the full scope of today’s best film music.
Composers Carter Burwell, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Ennio Morricone are all critical favorites this year, with their Oscar-nominated scores showing up in multiple award show ballots. This would be the first Best Original Score Oscar for each composer (Morricone earned an honorary Oscar in 2007).
On the song side, this is Diane Warren’s eighth Oscar nod, and J. Ralph’s second. David Lang, Antony Hegarty (of Antony & the Johnsons), Canadian pop/soul star The Weeknd and his collaborators Belly and DaHeala are all up for the first time.
The Oscar announcement continues a film awards season that has witnessed ASCAP-licensed composers & songwriters take the majority of film music nods at the Grammys, the Golden Globes, the EE BAFTAs and Critics’ Choice Awards.
Here’s who we’ll be rooting for on Sunday, February 28th at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern:
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
[read our interview with Burwell about his score]
Ennio Morricone (SIAE)
The Hateful Eight
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Belly (SOCAN), Jason "DaHeala" Quenneville (SOCAN) & The Weeknd (SOCAN)
“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
Antony Hegarty (of Antony & the Johnsons) & J. Ralph
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
Read the complete list of Oscar nominees here.