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SCL Awards: Encanto Wins Best Score as No Time to Die and Don’t Look Up Take Song Prizes

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SCL Awards 2022

Encanto composer Germaine Franco was the big winner at the Society of Composers and Lyricists’ SCL Awards on Tuesday night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Disney’s animated movie defeated live-action competitors such as Dune, The Power of the Dog, The French Dispatch and Don’t Look Up for the most notable award of the night — Best Original Score for a Studio Film.

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell‘s catchy “No Time to Die,” the hit title track from Daniel Craig‘s final outing as James Bond, won Best Song (Drama/Documentary), while “Just Look Up” from Don’t Look Up won Best Song (Comedy/Musical). Composer Nicholas Britell and songwriter Taura Stinson shared the latter award with performers Ariana Grande and Scott Mescudi.

Stinson noted in her acceptance speech that “we have a responsibility to be better people and take care of each other and continue to look up.”

The White Lotus
Image via HBO

Elsewhere, it was great to see the SCL Awards honor The White Lotus composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer, whose music gave that HBO show much of its flavor, as well as The Green Knight composer Daniel Hart, who won Best Original Score for an Independent Film. I wasn’t personally high on The Green Knight but there’s no denying the beauty of both its score and its cinematography.

Finally, Stephanie Economou won the David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent for her work on the since-canceled Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy, while the Coen brothers shared the Spirit of Collaboration Award with their longtime composer Carter Burwell.

The show was hosted by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, who opened with a crack at the Academy’s expense related to the org’s decision to give out the Oscar for Best Original Score (and seven others) an hour prior to the start of the live broadcast.

Encanto
Image via Disney

SCL President Ashley Irwin echoed those sentiments later in the show, decrying the Academy for deciding that “Best Original Score was no longer worthy of being part of the telecast.”

“The Academy’s decision is a disappointing trend among decision-makers everywhere,” said Irwin, who warned that composers will not sit by “like some disposable commodity.”

Irwin then presented Burwell with the Spirit of Collaboration Award, as the Coen brothers were regrettably stuck in New York and unable to make it to the ceremony. Burwell said he’d pass along the highlights of Irwin’s speech for them, which he promised to translate as “Fuck the Academy Awards!”

Before the end of the show, singer Judith Hill performed during an In Memoriam segment that paid tribute to the many musicians and composers who passed away this past year.

The full list of SCL Awards winners can be found below:

Outstanding Original Score for a Studio Film

Nicholas Britell
Don’t Look Up

Alexandre Desplat
The French Dispatch

Germaine Franco (WINNER)
Encanto

Jonny Greenwood
The Power of the Dog

Hans Zimmer
Dune

Outstanding Original Score for an Independent Film

Jonny Greenwood
Spencer

Daniel Hart (WINNER)
The Green Knight

Alberto Iglesias
Parallel Mothers

Rachel Portman
Julia

Kubilay Uner
American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally

Outstanding Original Score for a Television Production

Christophe Beck
WandaVision

Nicholas Britell
Succession

Natalie Holt
Loki

Jung Jae-il
Squid Game

Cristobal Tapia de Veer (WINNER)
The White Lotus

Outstanding Original Song for a Comedy or Musical Visual Media Production

Kris Bowers & Siedah Garrett
“Together All The Way”
Dear White People

Nicholas Britell & Taura Stinson (WINNER)
(with Ariana Grande & Scott Mescudi)
“Just Look Up”
Don’t Look Up

Amie Doherty
“Fearless”
Spirit Untamed

Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, & Carole King
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)”
Respect

Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Home All Summer”
In The Heights

Outstanding Original Song for a Dramatic or Documentary Visual Media Production

Jeymes Samuel 
(w/Shawn Carter & Scott Mescudi)
“Guns Go Bang”
The Harder They Fall

Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (WINNER)
“No Time To Die”
No Time To Die

Rufus Wainwright
“Secret Sister”
Rebel Hearts

Diane Warren
“Somehow You Do”
Four Good Days

Diane Warren
“(Never Gonna) Tame You”
The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses

Outstanding Original Score for Interactive Media

Germaine Franco
Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness

Hildur Guđnadóttir & Sam Slater (WINNER)
Battlefield 2042

Austin Wintory
Alien Fireteam Elite

David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent

Anne-Kathrin Dern
The Claus Family

Stephanie Economou (WINNER)
Jupiter’s Legacy

Joy Ngiaw
Blush

Spirit of Collaboration Award

Carter Burwell with Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

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