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2015 Synchrotones Awards – The Nominees

December 23, 2015

Synchrotones_Awards_20152015 Synchrotones’ Soundtrack Awards

Synchrotones’ Soundtrack Reviews celebrates what it believes are the best scores and composers of 2015. Find out who got nominated; and certainly stay tuned to find out who wins the third, and probably still unwanted, Synchrotones’ Soundtrack Awards. The winners will be announced on Friday January 8th, 2016.

Article by Pete Simons

The nominees are listed alphabetically – at least, that’s the intention. Winners will be revealed on Friday January 22nd January 8th, 2016 at noon GMT.
Edit: I am bringing the date forward! Mainly because I’ve made up my mind and am too excite to wait any longer!

Best Overall Score 2015

To be announced…

Romantic/Dramatic Score

“The 33”, James Horner
“Carol”, Carter Burwell
“Desert Dancer”, Benjamin Wallfisch
“Far From the Madding Crowd”, Craig Armstrong
“In the Heart of the Sea”, Roque Banos
“Paper Planes”, Nigel Westlake
“Steve Jobs”, Daniel Pemberton
“The Walk”, Alan Silvestri
“Wolf Totem”, James Horner
“Z for Zachariah”, Heather McIntosh

An incredibly dense and tough category this year! Notable runners up include: “The Age of Adaline” (Rob Simonsen), “Bridge of Spies” (Thomas Newman), “Broken Horses” (John Debney), “Brooklyn” (Michael Brook), “A Little Chaos” (Peter Gregson), “Suffragette” (Alexandre Desplay), “Trumbo” (Theodore Shapiro) and “Victor Frankenstein” (Craig Armstrong).

Action/Thriller/Horror Score

“Child 44”, Jon Ekstrand
“Crimson Peak”, Fernando Velazquez
“El Desconocido”, Manuel Riveiro
“Kingsman: Secret Service”, Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
“Sicario”, Johann Johansson

Adventure/Fantasy Score

“Cinderella”, Patrick Doyle
“Jurassic World”, Michael Giacchino
“Pan”, John Powell
“Peter and Wendy”, Maurizio Malagnini
“Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn”, Robert Gulya
“Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal”, Javier Navarette

Yup, I snuck one extra title in there.

Sci Fi Score

“Debug”, Timothy Williams
“Ex Machina”, Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury
“Jupiter Ascending”, Michael Giacchino
“The Martian”, Harry Gregson-Williams
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, John Williams

Comedy Score

“The D-Train”, Andrew Dost
“Infinitely Polar Bear”, Theodore Shapiro
“Pixels”, Henry Jackman
“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Thomas Newman
“Spongebob: Sponge out of Water”, John Debney

Animation Score

“Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos”, Zacarias M. De La Riva
“Gamba”, Benjamin Wallfisch
“The Good Dinosaur”, Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
“The Little Prince”, Richard Havey and Hans Zimmer
“Pirate’s Passage”, Andrew Lockington

This too proved a particularly strong category. Runners up include: “Menique y el Espejo Majico” (Manuel Riveiro), “The Prophet” (Gabriel Yared) and “Shaun the Sheep” (Ilan Eshkeri).

Documentary Score

“The Great Human Odyssey”, Darren Fung
“He Named Me Malala”, Thomas Newman
“The Hunt”, Steven Price
“I Am Big Bird”, Joshua Johnson
“Spectrum”, Frederik Wiedmann

Just missing out on a nomination are: “Cartel Land” (H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg), “Human” (Armand Amar), “Monkey Kingdom” (Harry Gregson-Williams) and “Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Islands” (Benji Merrison).

Television Score

“Atlantis”, Stuart Hancock
“Broadchurch”, Olafur Arnalds
“Carlos, Rey Emperor”, Federico Jusid
“The Leftovers”, Max Richter
“Texas Rising”, Bruce Broughton and John Debney

Another strong category! Just missing out are: “The Casual Vacancy” (Solomon Grey), “Indian Summers” (Stephen Warbeck), “Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu” (Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (Bear McCreary), “Outlander” (Bear McCreary), “Thunderbirds Are Go!” (Ben Foster and Nick Foster) and “Tyrant” (Michael Danna and Jeff Danna).

Video Game Score

“Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate”, Austin Wintory
“Destiny: The Taken King”, Michael Salvatori
“The Order 1886”, Jason Graves
“Ori and the Blind Forest”, Gareth Coker
“Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide”, Geoff Knorr/ Griffin Cohen/ Grant Kirkhope

Composer of the Year

Bear McCreary
Benjamin Wallfisch
Daniel Pemberton
Federico Jusid
Frederik Wiedmann
Johann Johansson
Manuel Riveiro
Max Richter
Theodore Shapiro
Thomas Newman

The winners will be announced on Friday January 22nd January 8th, 2016.


(c) 2015 Synchrotones

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3 Comments
  1. Hmmm I’m wondering why I’m not seeing Giacchino on the composer list?

    He had an incredibly strong year, probably his best to date.

    Having scored three highly diverse and successful summer blockbusters and also the sleeer hit Jupiter Ascending is an incredible accomplishment.

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