17 ASCAP Writers Nominated for 2021 SCL Awards
The Society of Composers & Lyricists has announced its nominees for the 2nd Annual SCL Awards, giving the ASCAP family a reason to celebrate – tons of ASCAP members are being recognized for their phenomenal work. Trent Reznor received two nominations in the Outstanding Original Score for a Studio Film category, for old Hollywood tale Mank and the existential, tender Soul. Jon Batiste was also nominated for lending his immense jazz chops to the Pixar stunner. In the Outstanding Original Score for an Independent Film category, Steven Price was deservedly nominated for his stirring score to the compelling David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.
Moving from the big screen to the small, ASCAP members garnered two nominations for Outstanding Original Score for a Television Production. Martin Phipps is nominated for soundtracking the lives of those mysterious royals in The Crown. Raphael Saadiq earned a nomination for his pitch-perfect accompaniment to the audacious social horror Lovecraft Country – and he is nominated again for the song he wrote for the show, "Tulsa 1921, Catch the Fire," in the Outstanding Original Song for Visual Media category. And that category is full of even more fantastic ASCAP member-penned songs. Diane Warren’s uplifting "Free," written for The One and Only Ivan. Trent Reznor, with a second nomination for his work on the original song "(If You Could) Only Save Me" in Mank. Finally, the gut busters – "Husavik," the fantastic and funny Icelandic ballad by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson for the delightful Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. And the outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen – with the help of co-writers Erran Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines – with the satirical discomfort bomb "Wuhan Flu" from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
The Outstanding Original Score for Interactive Media category brought nominations for Gordy Haab for space combat game Star Wars: Squadrons, Garry Schyman for the Kafka-inspired adventure game Metamorphosis, and Shigeru Umebayashi for samurai thriller game Ghost of Tsushima.
Finally, the indomitable and inimitable ASCAP member Spike Lee will receive the Spirit of Collaboration Award, a lifetime achievement award honoring his enduring and distinguished creative partnership representing a significant body of work.
The awards will take place virtually on March 2, hosted by screen scoring legend Michael Giacchino – don’t miss it! Best of luck to all the nominees!
Outstanding Original Score for a Studio Film
Jon Batiste & Trent Reznor
Outstanding Original Score for an Independent Film
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Outstanding Original Score for a Television Production
Outstanding Original Song for Visual Media
Erran Baron Cohen, Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines
"Wuhan Flu" from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Fat Max Gsus, Rickard Göransson & Savan Kotecha
"Husavik" from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
"(If You Could) Only Save Me" from Mank
"Tulsa 1921, Catch the Fire" from Lovecraft Country
"Free" from The One and Only Ivan
Outstanding Original Score for Interactive Media
Star Wars: Squadrons
Garry Schyman, Mikolai Stroinski
Ghost of Tsushima
Spirit of Collaboration Award