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2021 Filmtracks Community Awards Results
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• Posted by: Craig Richard Lysy   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at 6:25 a.m.
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Hello dear friends,

I joined Filmtracks in 2006 and found a community, and a family, who shared my passion for film score music. It was one of the happiest and most satisfying days in my life, as I discovered that, I was not alone. In the years since I have made dozens of treasured friendships with people from all over the world, including a network here in LA. Moving on to the task at hand, it is my great pleasure to announce the results of the 13th annual Filmtracks Community Awards! Each year this is a labor of love, and a most enjoyable endeavor. Once again, let me begin by with a heartfelt thank you to my dear friend Christian Clemmensen, the creator of Filmtracks whose singular wit and erudite reviews has made him legend. Filmtracks is the home of a truly amazing and talented community, for which I am happy to be a member. I continue to believe that this fan site is the finest, friendliest, most knowledgeable, diverse, passionate, and yes at times totally outrageous community of film score enthusiasts on the planet! I am humbled and feel truly blessed to be associated with this fine community.

Well friends, we complete the second year of a new decade. I believe that like 2020, this was a fine year with many excellent scores that we will enjoy for years to come. What makes this annual event so amazing is our collaboration, and our sharing, which opens our ears to scores for which we were unfamiliar. Jon Broxton’s “Under The Radar” series is invaluable as a source for obscure scores. The excellent commentaries offered by members when submitting their lists invites us to reconsider or obtain missing scores. The best cue lists are also a great resource!

As usual, the analyst in me requires some statistics, so I ask for your indulgence;

1. The number of participants was robust [80], [3] more than last year. I am happy to announce that we had [9] first time voters! Thank you for contributing, and please visit and post more often!

2. The number of scores nominated was an amazing [164], and were drawn from all media idioms; film, television, documentary, anime, and video game.

3. The number of scores nominated for #1 score of 2020 was an amazing and diverse [36].

There was an intense battle for #1 this year, which was exciting as Filmtracks history was made – the first time a television score secured #1. Two scores dominated the field; Coppelia led until the last day when it was overtaken by Masters of the Universe, which won with [336] points, [21] more than Coppelia. The highest number of #1 votes [15] went to Masters of the Universe followed by Coppelia with [13]. There was a strong third place finish by Jungle Cruise, which secured [6] votes for #1. Fourth thru eleventh place was also very competitive with just [24] points separating.

In assessing the breakdown of the top 20;
[16] Films comprised of [4] Animated, [4] Foreign, and [3] Super Hero
[01] Documentary
[03] Television

Documentary scores did well this season with Panu Aaltio’s Tunturin Tarina (Tale of the Sleeping Giants) achieving [11]. Other notable scores were;
[23] A Perfect Planet by Ilan Eshkeri
[56] Qinghai: Wǒmen De Guójiā Gōngyuán (Our National Park)

In recent years TV scores have been ascendant and I believe they increasingly challenge film scores for quality. Three made our Top 20;
[01] Master of The Universe by Bear McCreary [S1]
[08] Lost in Space by Christopher Lennertz [S3]
[15] Gojira Shingyura Pointo (Godzilla Singular Point) [S1]
[25] Lupin [S1]
[27] Foundation [S1]
[34] Loki [S1]
[37] La Cocinera de Castamar [S1]

The Video Game genre did not find a lot of love this year with only three making the Top 50;
[43] Rachet & Crank: Rift Apart
[44] Chicory: A Colorful Tale
[50] Call of Duty: Vanguard

So, without further ado I offer the Community’s choices;

Top Ten
1 Masters of the Universe [S1] 336
2 Coppelia 315
3 Jungle Cruise 277
4 Black Widow 144
5 Claret 133
6 The Curse of Turandot 131
7 Dune 128
8 Lost In Space [S3] 123
9 The Green Knight 121
10 Ghostbusters Afterlife 120 (*)

(*) Secured #10 on tiebreak of [3] #1 choices

Honorable Mention
11 Tale of the Sleeping Giants 120
12 No Time To Die 96
13 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 91
14 Luca 84
15 Gojira Shingyura Pointo (Godzilla Singular Point) [S1] 78
16 Spider-Man No Way Home 77
17 The Last Duel 77
18 Eternals 75
19 Encanto 71
20 Raya and the Last Dragon 68

Additional Praiseworthy Scores
21 The King's Man 67
22 Rumble 59
23 A Perfect Planet 58
24 Gunpowder Milkshake 55
25 Lupin [S1] 53
26 To Olivia 49
27 Foundation [S1] 40
28 Wish Dragon 40
29 Justice League 38
30 The Power of The Dog 37

Composer Of The Year
For composer of the year, [16] different composers were nominated and I believe there were reasonable arguments supporting the top seven. It was a competitive race until the last week when Bear McCreary received a surge of support for his truly impressive Opus. The final standings are;

1 Bear McCreary 17
2 Lorne Balfe 13
3 James Newton Howard 10
4 Panu Aaltio 7
5 Hans Zimmer 7
6 Marco Beltrami 6
7 Johnny Greenwood 4

The remaining nine composers all had [1] vote.

My Personal Reflections
1. I am chagrined that I could not find the key to connect emotionally or aesthetically with three of our Top 10; Masters of the Universe, Dune and The Green Knight.
2. I had six of my Top 20 make the community’s Top 20.
3. Pleasant surprises of the year;
a. Tú Lán Duǒ De Zǔzhòu (The Curse of Turandot) by Simon Franglen
b. Gojira Shingyura Pointo (Godzilla Singular Point) [S1] by Ken Sawada
c. Claret by Oscar Leanizbarrutia
d. Old World by Christopher Tin
e. The discovery that one of my favorite composers, Roc Chen, lives less than 30 minutes away! I hope to interview him some day.
4. I would like to give a shout out for Jon Broxton, Hasan Namir and Robert Taylor for their generosity, insights and perspectives in sharing links to so many wonderful scores.

In closing, this vote reaffirms for me what I have always known, that in the final analysis, we as passionate score enthusiasts, are excellent, reliable, informed, and credible judges of the art form. We get it! I am very honored to be a member of this fine community and I want to thank all of you for caring enough to participate! Your sharing of perspectives and personal commentaries enriched us all! I believe we learn so much from the discourse, and it is because of this that I go to bed tonight a very happy man. And so, I say my friends, onward in 2022! May it present us with as great a challenge as 2021 in coming up with a top ten!

All the best!

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