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).

Cartel Land

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score, Outstanding Achievement in Production

When your government cannot provide basic safety from murderous organized criminals, is it acceptable to take the law into your own hands to protect your family, your land, and your country? That is the question at the heart of Cartel...

Heart of a Dog

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

In 2011, renowned mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Laurie Anderson — whose eclectic career spans music, drawing, storytelling, performance, and more — suffered the loss of her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle as part of a succession of family deaths that also included her...

Meru

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

With jaw-dropping cinematography of one of the most remote places on earth and direct access to the trials, drive and anxieties of its renowned mountain climbing subjects, the Sundance Audience Award winner Meru is a hybrid of gorgeous nature photography...

The Nightmare

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score

Director Rodney Ascher follows his acclaimed Room 237 with a real-life documentary horror film that asks us to drift off into the experiences of eight people from around the world who suffer from the mysterious phenomenon of sleep paralysis. The...

Western

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

For generations, all that divided Eagle Pass, Texas, from Piedras Negras, Mexico, was the Rio Grande. But now the specter of cartel violence looms from upriver and an indefinite border closing has rippling consequences for the once idyllic sister towns....

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