Nicholas Britell won Film Composer of the Year for his Oscar-nominated score for If Beale Street Could Talk at the World Soundtrack Awards, the annual event that honors the year's best in film and TV music. The ceremony for the 19th edition of the honors was Friday on the sidelines of the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium.
“A Star Is Born”Warner Bros
Other winners include Lady Gaga's “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, which won the Original Song Oscar earlier this year. It written by Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson. Michael Abels, who wrote the score for Jordan Peele's Us after collaborating on Get Out, was named Discovery of the Year.
In TV, Hildur Guðnadóttir was named Best Television Composer for the score of HBO's Chernobyl. Her recent credits include Warner Bros' Joker, and she was a Discovery nominee last year for Sicario: Day of the Soldado. She and Britell are coming off Emmy wins, her for Chernobyl and him for HBO's Succession.
Britell won the Discovery award in 2017 for Moonlight. His recent credits include Vice and Netflix's The King.
Here's the full list of winners:
Film Composer of the Year Nicholas Britell If Beale Street Could Talk
TV Composer of the Year Hildur Guðnadóttir Chernobyl
Original Song Written Directly for a Film “Shallow” A Star Is Born Music & lyrics by Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson; performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Discovery of the Year 2019 Michael Abels Us
Original Score for a Belgian Production Duelles Frédéric Vercheval
SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition By a Young International Composer Pierre Charles
Public Choice Award How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World John Powell
When he needed to be, Adam Schlesinger was one of the most talented chameleons in the musical world. Whether as the lead singer of the band that would eventually achieve global notoriety or through his more translucent contributions to the soundtracks of beloved TV series and films, he had a knack for being able to deliver the precise feeling or atmosphere from whatever genre you could name.
It was how Schlesinger filled in those gaps with his own particular wit and care that made him not just an invaluable musician or songwriter, but an evocative storyteller. He died on Tuesday at the age of 52, leaving behind a legacy across TV, film, and music for which he was rarely the face, but so often the heart.
It's telling that the numerous tributes that have poured out since the reveal of his COVID-19 diagnosis early this week and reports of his passing lead with different achievements. Chronologically, Schlesinger began the path to acclaim as part of Fountains of Wayne, which he formed with college friend and lead singer Chris Collingwood.
The band's 2003 “Welcome Interstate Managers” birthed the enduring pop hit “Stacy's Mom,” the song that would eventually propel Fountains of Wayne onto jukeboxes and a cappella arrangements and trivia answer sheets the world over. But take, instead, “All Kinds of Time,” the song that pops up four tracks later on the album.
Simple and sparse, it's a hazy ballad centered on a star football player reaching a state of unexpected calm late in a big game. Nested in this ode to poise under pressure comes a bridge that, on its surface, seems like a straightforward list.
“He thinks of his motherHe thinks of his bride-to-beHe thinks of his fatherHis two younger brothersGathered around the widescreen TV”
Aside from the fact that the only football signifiers in the song are words “quarterback” and “snap” in the song's opening lines, look at what Schlesinger's able to do in the span of 25 seconds. There’s more than enough there in that single snapshot of a far-off living room to plot out your own version of this one guy’s entire life story. You could listen to this song for years and never really track that “bride-to-be” detail. There's the success on the field “The whole world is his tonight”, but even in the cosmic expanse that Collingwood's airy and spacelike outro vocals suggest, this is still someone who can't help but think of his impending marriage, too.
Schlesinger could throw in plenty more detail when he wanted to, drenching perky love songs with as much revealing assonance as he could muster. “Hey Julie” has the narrator “running ’round the office” for a “mean little...
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, an explosive engineer and special effects expert review some big explosions from movies like The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado and more. Plus, check out a visual effects breakdown from the award-winning HBO miniseries Chernobyl, and listen as Guy Pearce breaks down some of his most memorable roles, including Memento, Iron Man 3 and more.
First up, Vanity Fair had explosives engineer and professor Paul Worsey and special effects supervisor Tassilo Baur take a look at explosion scenes from movies to analyze them from both an engineering perspective and a filmmaking perspective. For example, did you know that shrapnel and frag are two different kinds of explosive debris used in grenades? Find out more interesting facts as they look at The Dark Knight, Rush Hour, Desperado, Batman Returns and more.
Next up, DNEG walks us through the visual effects work they did on the HBO series Chernobyl. The VFX supervisor Max Dennison guides us through some of the 550 shots they created for the series, including the design of the reactor #4 building inside and out, developing complex destruction and smoke simulations, creating CG vehicles like cars and helicopters, and animating crowds.
Finally, Guy Pearce can currently be seen in Bloodshot coming soon to VOD far ahead of the usual schedule, so he sat down with GQ to look back at some of his most memorable characters. Listen as he reminisces about starring in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Christopher Nolan’s Memento, LA Confidential, The Hurt Locker, Iron Man 3, Prometheus, and more.