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My take on IFMCA AWARD Nominations 2011 

Hello soundtrack lovers. So I’m buzzing because finally IFMCA posted the nominees for the IFMCA AWARDS. In this post I’m gonna take on the IFMCA 2011 nominations. Gonna review the good and the bad choices they made this year and also I will do “should win” and “would win” in every category. Overall I can’t complain a lot. They did a nice job like they do every year. If you are a soundtrack lover this is the one competition that you expect cause every other competition starting from the Oscars to the other critic associations every one of them make horrible mistakes in their choices. IFMCA is always standard and this is because the people who are members are experts and experienced listeners and reviewers to soundtracks. So once again nice job and I hope they’ll keep everything up in the coming years and not go only for popularity like the Oscars or the Golden Globes.

So let’s get started then ….

SCORE OF THE YEAR

• THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN, music by John Williams
• THE ARTIST, music by Ludovic Bource
• THE GREATEST MIRACLE, music by Mark McKenzie
• HUGO, music by Howard Shore
• WAR HORSE, music by John Williams 

Okay so the first category is Film Music Of The Year …. As you see the nominees for me there are 2 problems here: first one is that ‘Priest’ isn’t nominated and second one ‘W.E.’ isn’t nominated. Also I don’t think that ‘Hugo’ belongs here but the other ones deserve to be in this category as much as ‘Priest’ and ‘W.E.’.

Should Win: THE GREATEST MIRACLE, music by Mark McKenzie

Would Win: THE GREATEST MIRACLE, music by Mark McKenzie

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• LUDOVIC BOURCE
• ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
• MICHAEL GIACCHINO
• ALBERTO IGLESIAS
• JOHN WILLIAMS

Again one choice that I don’t like. It’s Alberto Iglesias. He had 3 scores in 2011, ‘The Skin I Live In’ and ‘The Monk’ were both poor scores and ‘Tinker Tailor Solider Spy’ was only average score. I think Brian Tyler was overlooked here cause he had a great year and he did an exceptional job on ‘Battle:LA’, ‘Transformers Prime’, ‘Fast Five’, ‘NFS: The Run’ and ‘COD 3: Modern Warfare 3’. Also Marco Beltrami who also had a solid year with scores like ‘Soul Surfer’, ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Dark’ and ‘The Thing’. Also as an underdog but always brings his ‘A Game’ John Powell with great scores for ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’, ‘Mars Needs Moms’ and ‘Rio’.

Should Win: JOHN WILLIAMS

Would Win: JOHN WILLIAMS

BREAKOUT COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

• LUDOVIC BOURCE
• BRIAN BYRNE
• THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
• MICHAEL RICHARD PLOWMAN
• LUCAS VIDAL

Everyone fit in this category starting from Ludovic Bource who’s work was amazing on ‘The Artist’, Michael Richard Plowman with 2 great scores for ‘A Lonely Place to die’ and ‘Age of Heroes’, Brian Byrne with ‘Albert Nobs’, The young but talented Lucas Vidal who will be even bigger in the coming years and The Chemical Brothers who did a good job for starters on ‘Hanna’.

Should Win: LUDOVIC BOURCE

Would Win: LUDOVIC BOURCE

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A DRAMA FILM

• THE ARTIST, music by Ludovic Bource
• JANE EYRE, music by Dario Marianelli
• SOUL SURFER, music by Marco Beltrami
• W.E., music by Abel Korzeniowski
• WAR HORSE, music by John Williams

Nothing to complain here. Spot on nominations and like always the strongest category.

Should Win: W.E., music by Abel Korzeniowski

Would Win: WAR HORSE, music by John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A COMEDY FILM

• PAUL, music by David Arnold
• THE RUM DIARY, music by Christopher Young
• TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS, music by Roque Baños
• A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, music by William Ross
• YOUR HIGHNESS, music by Steve Jablonsky

Again great work by IFMCA. The only score I haven’t listen is TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS by Roque Baños which makes me curious how good this score this is because I think Michael Giacchino’s 50/50 fits so well here

Should Win: PAUL, music by David Arnold

Would Win: PAUL, music by David Arnold

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ACTION/ADVENTURE/THRILLER FILM

• CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, music by Alan Silvestri
• DRIVE, music by Cliff Martinez
• MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, music by Michael Giacchino
• REAL STEEL, music by Danny Elfman
• RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, music by Patrick Doyle

It’s always hard to separate film genres especially with the Action section because most of the Sci-Fi are also action films. I don’t think that ‘Drive’ and ‘Rise of the Platen of the Apes’ deserve to be nominated, especially ‘Drive’. So many good scores could have been here like the better one from Patrick Doyle ‘Thor’, or Henry Jackman’s ‘X-Men:First Class’ and even ‘Fast Five’ from Brian Tyler.

Should Win: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, music by Alan Silvestri

Would Win: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, music by Alan Silvestri

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR FILM

• DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, music by Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
• HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2, music by Alexandre Desplat
• HUGO, music by Howard Shore
• PRIEST, music by Christopher Young
• SUPER 8, music by Michael Giacchino

Spot on category. Everyone of this deserve to be nominated. I would have liked ‘Battle LA’ over ‘Harry Potter’ but it’s still good.

Should Win: PRIEST, music by Christopher Young

Would WIn: PRIEST, music by Christopher Young

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED FEATURE

• THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN, music by John Williams
• THE GREATEST MIRACLE, music by Mark McKenzie
• KUNG FU PANDA 2, music by John Powell and Hans Zimmer
• PUSS IN BOOTS, music by Henry Jackman
• RANGO, music by Hans Zimmer

Here I have 2 problems, one small one and one big one. The small one is ‘Puss in Boots’. It’s a good score but not good enough for a nomination in this strong category. The big one is guess which … It’s ‘Rango’. For me ‘Rango’ is up with ‘Green Lantern’ for worst score of the year 2011. ‘Arriety’, ‘Mars Needs Moms’ or ‘Rio’ could be better nominees than the 2 of them.

Should Win: THE GREATEST MIRACLE, music by Mark McKenzie

Would Win: THE GREATEST MIRACLE, music by Mark McKenzie

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

• DOCTOR WHO, music by Murray Gold
• DOWNTON ABBEY, music by John Lunn
• ERMESSENDA, music by Arnau Bataller
• GAME OF THRONES, music by Ramin Djawadi
• SHERLOCK, music by David Arnold and Michael Price

Well everyone deserve to be here but I don’t think ‘Sherlock’ is eligble cause the Season 1 was in 2010 and the second was at the beggining in 2012. I think it’s a great miss that Tyler’s ‘Transformers Prime’ and Goransson’s ‘Community’ are not nominated. Both top notch quality soundtracks.

Should Win: SHERLOCK, music by David Arnold and Michael Price

Whould Win: DOCTOR WHO, music by Murray Gold

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A GAME

• CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3, music by Brian Tyler
• THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM, music by Jeremy Soule
• L.A. NOIRE, music by Andrew Hale and Simon Hale
• NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH, music by Joe Hisaishi
• SOCOM 4: U.S. NAVY SEALS, music by Bear McCreary

This category tells you how good IFMCA are. Top spot for every game.

Should Win: NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH, music by Joe Hisaishi

Whould Win: NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH, music by Joe Hisaishi

FILM MUSIC COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

• “The Adventure Continues” from THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN, music by John Williams
• “George Valentin” from THE ARTIST, music by Ludovic Bource
• “Captain America March” from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, music by Alan Silvestri
• “Final Round” from REAL STEEL, music by Danny Elfman
• “The Homecoming” from WAR HORSE, music by John Williams

Very difficult category which everyone could have earn a nomination. ‘The Greatest Miracle Prelude’ deserves to be in this category and probably should have won it, but like I said this is a very difficult and there are always surprises.

Should Win: “Captain America March” from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, music by Alan Silvestri

Would Win: “George Valentin” from THE ARTIST, music by Ludovic Bource