2019 ASCAP Screen Music Awards
May 15, 2019
It was a glittering scene in Beverly Hills on May 15, when the creators of the greatest modern film, television and video game music came to celebrate and be celebrated at the 2019 ASCAP Screen Awards, hosted by comedian Richard Kind.
Composing giant Michael Giacchino was presented with our most coveted screen music honor, The Henry Mancini Award, by his friend and collaborator, filmmaker Brad Bird. The celebration included a big band medley of some of his most lauded themes from Up, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Lost and many others. The ever-dynamic Pinar Toprak - the first woman to score a $1 billion-grossing film (Captain Marvel) - received the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award from Skydance Media CEO David Ellison, in honor of her excellence in scoring and the doors she has opened for a more diverse screen music world. The audience was treated to a performance of her stirring themes to the Pixar short, Purl.
Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul added another award to their crowded mantle with the first ASCAP Vanguard Award ever given to composers for screen or musical theatre. Fans of The Greatest Showman were giddy to witness a performance of their hit song “This Is Me” by Keala Settle, who performs it in the film, and the show-opening rendition of “Come Alive” by vocalist Tim Davis. There were zero dry eyes in the house as theatre legend Stephen Schwartz, one of their heroes, proudly presented the award to Benj & Justin.
In another historic first, the ASCAP Harmony Award - co-presented by the Guild of Music Supervisors - was given to composer Nicholas Britell and music supe Gabe Hilfer for their collaboration on If Beale Street Could Talk. Our annual Composers’ Choice Awards - chosen exclusively by ASCAP composer members - bestowed honors on Jeff Cardoni (TV Composer of the Year), John Powell (Film Score of the Year for Solo) and Lena Raine (Video Game Score of the Year for Celeste).
We also celebrated the ASCAP members behind all of the biggest projects on every A/V platform. David Vanacore (Top Themes & Underscore winner), Maurizio Malagnini (Top Cable Series: Call the Midwife) and Dan Foliart and Howard Pearl (Top TV Series: Roseanne) each took a victory lap.
The night was full of laughter, light and more talent in one room than we thought was possible. And we cannot wait for next year!