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), Dial.81 for Detropia (2013) and Yasuaki Shimizu for Cutie and the Boxer (2014).

20,000 Days on Earth

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

Singer-songwriter Nick Cave is a singular figure from the last 40 years of music, a feral rogue whose Old Testament–style psychodramas and murder ballads stir up salvation and damnation in equal measure. In this exquisite profile, his still-vital spirit is...

Life Itself

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert—arguably the nation’s best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert’s fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer...

Mateo

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as “Mateo,” America’s first white mariachi singer. Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his estrangement from...

The Great Invisible

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, devastating communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States. Eleven lives were lost, the natural ecosystem destroyed, and the pollution forced countless local businesses to shut down. Margaret Brown’s...

The Possibilities Are Endless

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

The celebrated lyricist, Edwyn Collins could only say two phrases after waking up: ‘Grace Maxwell’ and ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’. This is the incredible story of Collins, a songwriter who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing...

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