Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Whether reflecting the depth and emotion of a film’s content and subjects, propelling a narrative forward or serving as a character in its own right, musical scores play an essential role in the impact of a nonfiction film. This award celebrates those diverse musicians who successfully married music to film. Previous winners in this category include Max Richter for Waltz with Bashir (2009), Danny Grody, Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri and Kenric Taylor for October Country (2010), Norbert Möslang for The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2011), John Kusiak for Tabloid (2012) and Dial.81 for Detropia (2013).

A Band Called Death

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby,...

Blackfish

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Even in captivity, orcas, the largest predatory mammal in the world, grow as large as 12,000 pounds. While our popular imagination is filled with the likes of Shamu and company at Sea World, the footage in this film reveals a...

Cutie and the Boxer

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

A beautifully crafted and intimate portrait of two Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko, and their forty-year love story. When they meet in New York in the 1970s Noriko feels in the shadow of her older, higher-profile, husband who is lauded...

Expedition to the End of the World

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score, Outstanding Achievement in Production

This gaspingly beautiful travelogue brings us aboard a magnificent wooden schooner as it drifts through the remote inlets of Northeast Greenland. A motley crew of artists and scientists are on a road trip with no clear mission, simply observing and...

Narco Cultura

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

As the Mexican drug wars have grown, so has a new culture. A new, hugely successful phenomenon has risen from the bloodshed, making superstars out of musicians whose music portrays the traffickers as glamorous outlaws. With stunning imagery, Narco Cultura...

Teenage

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Those magical and often difficult years between childhood and adulthood didn’t always have a label. In fact, the word “teenager” didn’t even exist until 1945. This fascinating documentary based on the Jon Savage book of the same name illuminates the...

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