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No Time to Die, No Time to Show Up: Pop Star Billie Eilish Wins Award for Best Song But She’s in Alabama

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists had their third annual Awards dinner Tuesday night, not the dreaded “V’ word, meaning virtual but in person and the SCL thankfully did everything right! The evening was beautifully paced with the awards and truly artistic musical numbers and videos. It was also the perfect storm of a setting for complaining about the Academy Awards moving the Best Score category out of the main show this year. No one restrained themselves from chiming in.

The evening began with composers Diane Warren, singer Siedah Garrett, songwriter Jeymes Samuel, (“The Harder They Fall,”  and Seal’s brother in case you didn’t know,) hobnobbing with each other along with SCL president Ashley Irwin.

Aloe Blacc hosted the show, and of course started in on the Academy Awards who have made the still controversial choice of not televising best score, along with 7 other categories, at the Oscars.  He welcomed the crowd and quipped calling it “an awards show so great we actually honor them live.” He then noted “80 musicals having been released over the past five years, 77 of which were made by Lin-Manuel Miranda!” Lin, alas, was not there.

The event did gain a serious note when winner “Encanto” composer Germaine Franco asked for a moment of silence in support of Ukraine.   Irwin did speak about the unfairness of having the scores cut from the Oscars.  The SCL showed a video montage of music scores and songs through the decades that was literally brilliant and that was Oscar worthy.  Oscars, this is what audiences love!

Carter Burwell was honored with The Spirit Of Collaboration Award along with Filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.  Burwell, when he’s not scoring a movie (over 100 now) is a volunteer fireman on Long Island.  He has given out a quick congrats shout out by Trevor, a fireman from Amagansett, in the Hamptons, joking,  “fireman can be curt.”

Burwell talked about how being a volunteer fireman was his way of de-stressing ironically from the pressure of composing films.  He then conducted a beautiful rendition of his work.  But not before he got his one dig in.  “Joel, Ethan and I are New Yorkers, they couldn’t be here but in case there are any other New Yorkers, I’m going to translate Ashley’s speech for you…” Fuck the Academy Awards!” Burwell spoke eloquently about his collaboration with the Coens.  He described it as “threads knotted together that connects to others.  As Orson Welles said, it takes an army to make a film and we all know that it sometimes takes an army to make a score.”

Congrats SCL on a truly spectacular, classy and thankfully in person event!

PS Best song went to Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, for “No Time to Die.” They had no time to attend, however. They were doing a gig in Alabama.

Winners below.

3rd SCL AWARDS 2022 – Winners in Bold

 

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCORE FOR A STUDIO FILM:

 

Germaine Franco             ENCANTO                                     Walt Disney Pictures

Nicholas Britell                  DON’T LOOK UP                            Netflix

Hans Zimmer                    DUNE                                             Warner Bros.

Alexandre Desplat             THE FRENCH DISPATCH                 Searchlight Pictures

Jonny Greenwood              THE POWER OF THE DOG              Netflix

 

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCORE FOR AN INDEPENDENT FILM:

 

Daniel Hart                     THE GREEN KNIGHT                     A24

Kubilay Uner                     AMERICAN TRAITOR:                     Vertical Entertainment

                                         THE TRIAL OF AXIS SALLY

Rachel Portman                 JULIA                                             Storyville Films/CNN

Alberto Iglesias                  PARALLEL MOTHERS                    Sony Pictures Classics

Jonny Greenwood               SPENCER                                       Neon/Topic Studios

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG FOR A MUSICAL/COMEDY:

 

Nicholas Britell                “Just Look Up”                                 Netflix

Ariana Grande                 DON’T LOOK UP

Scott Mescudi

Taura Stinson

Jamie Hartman                  “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” MGM/United Artists

Jennifer Hudson                 RESPECT

Carole King

Amie Doherty                    “Fearless”                                         Dreamworks Animation

                                        SPIRIT UNTAMED

Kris Bowers                       “Together All the Way”                      Netflix

Siedah Garrett                   DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Lin-Manuel Miranda          “Home All Summer”                           Warner Bros.

                                        IN THE HEIGHTS

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG FOR A DRAMA/DOCUMENTARY

 

Billie Eilish                       “No Time To Die”                            MGM/United Artists Releasing/ Eon

& Finneas O’Connell          NO TIME TO DIE

Diane Warren                    “Somehow You Do”                           Vertical Entertainment

                                         FOUR GOOD DAYS

Rufus Wainwright               “Secret Sister”                                  Discovery+

                                         REBEL HEARTS

Diane Warren                    “(Never Gonna) Tame You”               Virgil Films

                                        THE MUSTANGS:

          AMERICA’S WILD HORSES

Shawn Carter                    “Guns Go Bang”                                Netflix

Scott Mescudi                    THE HARDER THEY FALL

Jeymes Samuel

 

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCORE FOR TELEVISION:

 

Cristobal Tapia de Veer   THE WHITE LOTUS                        HBO

Natalie Holt                      LOKI                                              Disney+

Jung Jae-il                         SQUID GAME                                 Netflix

Nicholas Britell                  SUCCESSION                                  HBO

Christophe Beck                 WANDAVISION                              Disney+

 

OUSTANDING ORIGINAL SCORE FOR INTERACTIVE MEDIA:

 

Hildur Guđnadóttir               BATTLEFIELD 2042                    Digital Illusions CE

& Sam Slater                                                                         Electronic Arts

Austin Wintory                   ALIEN FIRETEAM ELITE              Cold Iron

Germaine Franco               KUNG FU PANDA:                        Universal Beijing Resort

                                        LAND OF AWESOMENESS            & Dreamworks Animation

DAVID RAKSIN AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT:

Stephanie Economou        JUPITER’S LEGACY                      Netflix

Joy Ngiaw                         BLUSH                                         Apple TV+

Anne-Kathrin Dern             THE CLAUS FAMILY                     Netflix

 

 

THE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION AWARD

 

Composer Carter Burwell and Filmmakers Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Leah Sydney
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Leah Sydney writes from Los Angeles for Showbiz411.com. A seasoned journalist with a long history during the halcyon days of the NY Daily News, Leah is a member of the Critics Choice and Rotten Tomatoes.

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