‘Guardians,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Interstellar’ scores get a jump on awards season

Somehow over the years the Hollywood Music in Media Awards have escaped me. The event's fifth annual slate of nominees were announced today, and it's a pretty standard assortment of names we've been considering at the forefront of this year's Best Original Score Oscar race, from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Hans Zimmer to the ubiquitous Alexandre Desplat.

The nominees were chosen by an “HMMA advisory board and selection committee,” and winners will be voted upon by “music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, NARAS, performing rights organizations, film music journalists and music executives,” according to the press release.

You might raise your eyebrow at something like “Interstellar” being on here when it hasn't been screened for these purposes (or much at all, for that matter). The nominations are also based on hearing music via early samples sent to the advisory board and/or festivals and industry promo features. In this case, I'm told a five minute promo trailer that included Zimmer's music and was not made public was screened to a limited audience.

Whether a five minute promo reel is sufficient for consideration of a nearly three-hour feature film's score, I'll leave that to you to decide.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

The 5th annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 4.


Original Score – Feature Film
“The Imitation Game” (Alexandre Desplat)
“Birdman” (Antonio Sanchez)
“The Theory of Everything” (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
“Interstellar” (Hans Zimmer)
“Fury” (Steven Price)
“The Judge” (Thomas Newman)
“Gone Girl” (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

Original Score – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
“Guardians of the Galaxy” (Tyler Bates)
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” (Steve Jablonsky)
“Maleficent” (James Newton Howard)
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Michael Giacchino)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Howard Shore)
“Noah” (Clint Mansell)

Original Score – Animated Film
“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (Danny Elfman)
“The Boxtrolls” (Dario Marianelli)
“The Book of Life” (Gustavo Santaolalla)
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” (John Powell)
“Rocks in My Pockets” (Kristian Sensini)
“The LEGO Movie” (Mark Mothersbaugh)

Song – Film
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again” (Written by Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois. Performed by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley)
“I'll Get You What You Want” from “Muppets Most Wanted” (Written and Performed by Bret McKenzie
“Wish I Was Here” from “Wish I Was Here” (Written & Performed by Cat Power & Coldplay)
“So Now What” from “Wish I Was Here” (Written & Performed by The Shins)
“Not About the Angels” from “The Fault in Our Stars” (Written by Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde. Performed by Birdy)

Song – Animated Film
“Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” (Written by Shawn Patterson. Performed by Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island)
“Where No One Goes” from “How To Train Your Dragon 2” (Written by Jónsi and John Powell. Performed by Jónsi)
“What is Love” from “Rio 2” (Written by Carlinhos Brown. Performed by Janelle Monáe)
“Kid” from “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (Written & performed by Peter Andre)
“Still I Fly” from “Planes: Fire & Rescue” (Written by Windy Wagner. Performed by Spencer Lee)

Original Score – TV Show/Digital Streaming Series
“Orange is the New Black” (Gwendolyn Sanford, Scott Doherty, Brandon Jay)
“True Detective” (T Bone Burnett)
“Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” (Alan Silvestri)
“The Knick” (Cliff Martinez)
“Parallels” (Corey Allen Jackson)
“Matador” (Juan Carlos Rodrigue)
“Game of Thrones” (Ramin Djawadi)

Main Title – TV Show/Digital Streaming Series
“Sleepy Hollow” (Brian Tyler and Robert Grand Lydecker)
“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (Alan Silvestri)
“The Leftovers” (Max Richter)
“Vitro” (David Alonso Garzón)
“Black Sails” (Bear McCreary)

Outstanding Music Supervision – Television
“Sons of Anarchy” (Michelle Silverman & Bob Thiele Jr.)
“Mad Men” (Alex Patsavas)
“True Detective” (Jim Black)
“Ray Donovan” (Thomas Golubic)
“Nashville” (Frankie Pine)
“Masters of Sex” (Liz Gallacher)
“The Leftovers” (Liza Richardson)

Outstanding Music Supervision – Film
“Guardians of the Galaxy” (Dave Jordan)
“The Fault in Our Stars” (Season Kent)
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (George Drakoulias)
“The Giver” (Dana Sano)
“Boyhood” (Meghan Currier & Randall Poster)
“Divergent” (Randall Poster)
“Wish I Was Here” (Holly Adams)
“The Book of Life” (John Houlihan)

Soundtrack Album
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Sons of Anarchy”
“Red Sky”
“The Giver”
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Begin Again
“Wish I Was Here”

Original Score – Documentary
“Merchants of Doubt” (Mark Adler)
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” (Vivek Maddala)
“Born to Fly” (Adam Crystal)
“H.O.P.E. Was Here” (Emilio D. Miler)
“Red Army” (Christophe Beck)

Original Score – Video Game
“Asura OST” (Inon Zur, Cris Velasco, Jingqing Xu, Wells Zhang)
“The Banner Saga” (Austin Wintory)
“Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler” (Jim Fowler)
“Dawngate” (Jeff Broadbent)
“Thief” (Luc St-Pierre)
“World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” (Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Clint Bajakian, Sam Cardon, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Guidotti and Eimear Noone)