2020 ASCAP Screen Music Awards

June 23, 2020

ASCAP rolled out the digital red carpet from June 23-25, as we celebrated the composers and songwriters of the biggest films, TV series and video games of 2019 in our first-ever virtual ASCAP Screen Music Awards. For three days, ASCAP’s InstagramTwitter and Facebook feeds (plus our new @ASCAPScreen IG handle) were festooned with exclusive photos and video acceptances from the winning composers, studio tours, and even a few shout-outs from surprise celebrity guests. Fans and friends got the chance to join in congratulating the music creators that bring their favorite onscreen entertainment to life.

This year's Top Box Office Film honor went to Hans Zimmer for The Lion King remake25 years after he won an Oscar for the original. Siddhartha Khosla won Top Network Series award for the beloved drama This Is Us, and Ruth Barrett took home the Top Cable Series honor for her score to the acclaimed historical drama, VictoriaDavid Vanacore was the top winner in the Most Performed Themes and Underscore category. Khosla and Barrett both turned in lovely on-camera remarks from their home studios.

Our annual Composers' Choice Awards gave all ASCAP composers the chance to vote for their favorite TV composer, film score and video game score of last year. With hundreds of votes counted, we emerged with three terrific winners: John Powell (Film Score of the Year for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World), Bear McCreary (TV Composer of the Year) and Gordy Haab (Video Game Score of the Year for Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order). All three of them thanked their peers by video on @ASCAP socials.

While we missed celebrating with our favorite composers in person, the virtual ASCAP Screen Music Awards was a uniquely intimate event. We got to peek into the creative havens of our screen music heroes, see them in their native habitats, hear directly from them about what it means to be making music during this time. As ASCAP President Paul Williams put it in his video introduction to the Awards:  “...The more I watch and listen, the more I believe that screen music today is the best it’s ever been...We are faced with a challenging moment right now. But we believe that your music — and the stories accompanied by it — will meet this moment by giving us hope, and inspiring change.”

Hans Zimmer

Top Box Office Film - The Lion King

Ruth Barrett

Top Cable TV Series - Victoria

Siddhartha Khosla

Top Network TV Series - This Is Us


Honoring ASCAP composers and songwriters for their themes and underscore from the highest rated series during the period of January 1 - December 31, 2019, and the series that have accumulated the most credits on Amazon, Hulu and Netflix during the 2019 ASCAP survey year

Adam Samuel Goldman
The Code

Agustin Barreto & Carlos Marmo
Amar a Muerte

aivi & surasshu and Jeff Ball
Steven Universe Future

Alberto Slezynger & Vinicio Ludovic
La Reina Del Sur

Antonio Luis Beliveau, Dan Foliart & Howard Pearl
The Conners

Bear McCreary*
The Walking Dead

Bob Thiele, Jr.
Mayans M.C.

Brad Segal, Mark Petrie & Matt Bowen
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette

Brandon Thompson, David Vanacore, J.S. Greenier, Russell Emanuel & Steven Kofsky
Live PD

Brian Lapin
Madam Secretary

Bruce Broughton & John Debney
The Orville

Claudio Olachea
Chicago PD

Dan Romer
The Good Doctor

Daniel James Chan*
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Dave Porter
The Blacklist


David Fleming
Chicago Fire

David Lang
I Am the Night

David Vadant, Patrick Sigwalt & Romain Allender
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks

David Vanacore

Dennis McCarthy & Jeffrey Hayat
Curse of Oak Island

Ed Robertson
The Big Bang Theory

Elvin Ross
The Haves and the Have Nots

Gregg Wattenberg, John Alicastro, Mike Lauri & Thomas Saltman

Jack Wall

James S. Levine & Jay Ferguson
NCIS: Los Angeles

James S. Levine

Jamie Jackson & WAZ
The Village
Bluff City Law

Jared Gutstadt
Ellen's Game of Games

Jeff Cardoni
Young Sheldon

Jefferson Friedman
New Amsterdam


Jesse Voccia

Joey Newman
All Rise

John Sereda
When Calls the Heart

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things

Kyle Newmaster
Blood & Treasure

Marc Fantini, Scott Gordon & Steffan Fantini
Criminal Minds

Mark Browne
Alaska: The Last Frontier

Mark Snow
Blue Bloods

Nathan Matthew David
Surviving R. Kelly

Rael Jones

Robert Duncan*

Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley

Todd Haberman

Tom Howe
Whiskey Cavalier



Honoring ASCAP composers with music from the top box office films of 2019

Bear McCreary*
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Benjamin Wallfisch
It Chapter Two

Buck Sanders & Marco Beltrami
Ford v Ferrari

Geoff Zanelli
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Hans Zimmer
X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Henry Jackman
Jumanji: The Next Level
Pokémon Detective Pikachu

John Lunn
Downton Abbey

John Powell
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Joseph Bishara*
Annabelle Comes Home

Jung Jae Il

Lorne Balfe
Gemini Man

Matthew Margeson*

Michael Abels

Michael Giacchino
Spider-Man: Far From Home

Nathan Johnson
Knives Out

Pinar Toprak
Captain Marvel

Rupert Gregson-Williams

Tom Holkenborg
Alita: Battle Angel
Terminator: Dark Fate

Varqa Buehrer 
Better Days 


John Powell

2019 Film Score of the Year
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Bear McCreary

2019 TV Composer of the Year

Gordy Haab

2019 Video Game Score of the Year
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Film Score of the Year Nominees

Alex Weston
The Farewell

Joseph Trapanese*

Jung Jae Il

John Powell
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Michael Abels

Michael Giacchino
Jojo Rabbit

TV Composer of the Year Nominees

Bear McCreary*

Jeff Cardoni

Lorne Balfe

Mark Snow

Michael Yezerski*

Video Game Score of the Year Nominees

Austin Wintory*

Geoff Knorr & Roland Rizzo
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm

Gordy Haab
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order 

Nathan Whitehead
Days Gone

Neal Acree

Skye Lewin & Michael Salvatori
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

*An asterisk denotes that this composer is an alumnus of an ASCAP scoring workshop.