June 10, 2008

ASCAP Composers Golden at the GoldSpirit Awards and Úbeda Film Music Conference

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ASCAP was once again well represented at the Fourth Annual event in Úbeda, Spain. Featuring panels, autograph signings, and screenings, the four-day conference, held July 10th – 13th, included concerts showcasing the works of ASCAP Board Member Bruce Broughton, SGAE Composers Roque Baños, Alberto Iglesias, and Fernando Velasquez, and PRS Composers Patrick Doyle and John Scott. Broughton, who was Honorary President of the conference this year, passed the title to Doyle, who will serve as President in 2009.

In addition, ASCAP composers and international affiliates dominated the 2008 GoldSpirit Awards, held on Saturday, July 12th 2008 in Úbeda to help close out the conference. The GoldSpirit Awards, determined by readers of the Spanish film music website BSOSpirit.com, are granted to honor achievements in the soundtrack and film music world.

Out of the seventeen GoldSpirit Awards granted this year, fifteen were given to ASCAP members or international composers who license their music through ASCAP. Leading the pack were multiple award winners Michael Giacchino, who took home five awards for his music to Ratatouille and Lost: Season 3, Hans Zimmer, whose music to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End netted him two awards, and John Debney, who earned two awards on the strength of his score to the video game Lair. SGAE composer Roque Baños was named Spanish Composer of the Year in addition to an award for his score to the Spanish film Las Trece Rosas.

ASCAP congratulates all of our winning composers:

Roque Baños (SGAE)
Spanish Composer of the Year
Best Original Score for a Spanish Feature Film - Las Trece Rosas


John Debney
Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media - Lair
Best Un-released Original Score - Lair


Patrick Doyle (PRS)
Basil Poledouris Lifetime Achievement Award to a Film Music Legend


Michael Giacchino
Composer of the Year
Film Score of the Year - Ratatouille
Best Original Score for an Animated Feature Film – Ratatouille
Best Original Score for Television – Lost: Season 3
Original Song of the Year – “ Le Festin” from Ratatouille


James Newton Howard
Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Feature Film - I Am Legend


Dario Marianelli (PRS)
Best Original Score for a Dramatic Feature Film – Atonement


Fernando Velázquez (SGAE)
Breakout Composer of the Year


Hans Zimmer
Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Feature Film - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Film Music Composition of the Year - “Up Is Down” from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End