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The Tracksounds Cue Awards for 2005 comes to a close.  Cue Bill Conti's award-theme-music.  So who are the Big Winners of 2005?  Why exactly did this soundtrack win...or this soundtrack not win?  Just what was going on in the mind of these Tracksounds-guys anyway?  Here you get all that...and probably more.


The 2005 Cue Academy

Cap Stewart

Soundtrack enthusiast (although he needs to enter the world of video game music), Caption Contest Administrator, and Tracksounds feature contributor.


Steve Townsley

Soundtrack maven, "artiste" (yes...that's "artistE"), Tracksounds review author, and feature contributor.

Christopher Coleman

Soundtrack binger (known to go weeks at a time without a break), review author, feature contributor, editor, webmaster...he's been accused of being cloned.


Surprise of the Year Notes

Cap Stewart No Comment
Steve Townsley Also under consideration: When John Williams stepped off the podium, he left an ominous void the likes of which any fourth-year Hogwarts student would find daunting to fill. Composer Patrick Doyle stepped forth and performed admirably and excellently. Trevor Rabin seems to have been dormant for a while, but let fans know he was still growing in skill as a composer with the grand score for the little seen World War 2 adventure-drama “The Great Raid”.
Christopher Coleman Strongly considered John Debney's Dreamer as well as James Horner's The New World.


Disappointment of the Year Notes

Cap Stewart In this category, I am only listing Hans Zimmer for “Batman Begins”.  James Newton Howard would have done more-than-fine on his own
Steve Townsley For The Legend of Zorro by James Horner there was too much retread of original material from the previous “Zorro” film.
Also under consideration: “Doom”(for being a bit of a cheesy marketing indulgence) and “Madagascar” (for under-using original score material.)
Christopher Coleman With the great setup of Alan Silvestri's music for Castaway used in the trailer for Cinderella Man, my expectations were high for ol' Thomas Newman, yet he delivered one of the most consistently somber scores of the year.  A little inspirational music can go a long way...perhaps both Ron Howard and Russell Crowe would have faired better during award season had Newman's music been a little more evocative.


Best Soundtrack Artwork Notes

Steve Townsley King Kong (2005)
Finally, a King Kong album that doesn’t depict a gorilla with exaggerated rage expressions grasping a woman like a ragdoll. Instead, a rather beautiful and mellow moment is shown here. Other considerations: While that lenticular 3-D effect on the first release of the “Narnia” soundtrack was slightly clever, it was ultimately too gimmicky….
Christopher Coleman When it comes to cover design, very little stood out this year.  Disney's Narnia cover at least catches one's eye.  Props also to Reprise for the Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring (Complete Score) packaging.  If there was a liner note award, this would have surely grabbed the prize.  Hmmm.

Best Score Missed by the Academy Notes

Steve Townsley Howl’s Moving Castle, Joe Hisiashi.
Under rare circumstances does the academy actually look outside in-country films to note the score. Other considerations: “Cinderella Man”, because Thoman Newman deserves an award, already!
Christopher Coleman Sorry but Harry Gregson-Williams deserved at least a nomination for either Narnia or Kingdom of Heaven...or both.


Best Score as Heard in Film Notes

Steve Townsley Also: “Revenge of the Sith” – but that seemed too obvious….
Christopher Coleman War of the Worlds rumbled me right out of my seat, but King Kong was a close second.


Most Un-Obtrusive Lyrical Song Featured on a Soundtrack Album Notes

Steve Townsley The ending of the film segues nicely into this closing credits piece, and the song even lets up a bit for an easter egg after the initial cast credits. Also considered: “So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish”, in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, which fits the overall picture, but may confuse people at first.
Christopher Coleman What a wonder!  The concluding songs found on the Narnia soundtrack don't immediately beg for the eject-button.  Of them, Wunderkind is the most intriguing.


Best Use of Previously Recorded Music for a Trailer Notes

Steve Townsley With more trailers using library music, it’s difficult to single out a stand-out trailer that recycles music from a previous film. The surging music in Narnia’s trailer is perfectly exciting, however, and it’s a shame X-Ray Dog hasn’t gone commercial, like E.S. Posthumous.
Christopher Coleman Sadly, the only trailer music from 2005 that stands out is Cinderella Man's use of Castaway by Alan Silvestri...hence it wins my Cue.


Label of the Year Notes

Steve Townsley Varese continues to lead the pack with a consistent release of notable and quality releases of current movie soundtracks, and even a few non-current ones.
Christopher Coleman While Varese Sarabande is always in the running, this year Sony Classical takes my Cue for solid releases such as: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Kingdom of Heaven.


Best Dramatic Score Notes

Steve Townsley Considered: Kingdom of Heaven, Harry Gregson-Williams, which seems more of a dramatic score than an action score….
Christopher Coleman Pride and Prejudice, good.  Munich, good.  Dreamer, good.  Memoirs of a Geisha, better!


Best Score for Video Game Notes

Cap Stewart I don’t play video games (at all), so I’m clueless as far as to what’s out there (and what’s good).
Steve Townsley Kameo: Elements of Power, Steve Burke
Also: Giacchino and Tilton’s Mercenaries sure weighs in, but Giacchino’s efforts on the Medal of Honor and Secret Weapons Over Normandy games leave a bigger impression.
Christopher Coleman Truly some of the most engaging soundtracks are coming from the world of video games!  Bill Brown continues to produce some of the most distinct game music around, but the field is fast catching up.


Best Score for an Animated Film Notes

Steve Townsley Howl’s Moving Castle, Joe Hisiashi
Considered: Robots, by John Powell, just for its’ rhythmic quirkiness, and Mirrormask (which is more or less an animated film, but is a difficult listen, at times.)
Christopher Coleman The occasional moment of interest makes Wallace and Gromit the best choice in a year of pretty bad choices in this category.  Had I heard Mr. Townsley's award winning score in time, things might have been different.  Well, here's to a better 2006.


Composer of the Year Notes

Steve Townsley John Williams.
Four films, two nominations – he doesn’t slow down at all. Also considered: Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard.
Christopher Coleman Only John Williams could release four exceptional scores in one year...and not receive an Oscar for ANY of them.  Here's to you John!  Take FOUR Cues!


Newcomer/ Breakout Composer of the Year Notes

Steve Townsley Steve Burke.
He’s a game composer, but if he keeps up the good work, hopefully he’ll see more film projects… Also in the running: Clint Mansell, who is slowly breaking out of his shell…
Christopher Coleman Dario Marianelli certainly is becoming a household name...err at discussion-board-name, but Harry Gregson-Williams noteworthy work for Kingdom of Heaven and Narnia begs for this Cue Award.  A true breakout year for him.


Disappearance of the Year Notes

Cap Stewart Jerry Goldsmith died in 2004, but his absence is still greatly missed.
Steve Townsley Howard Shore. Disappearing from the King Kong score was a disappointment, but hopefully we’ll hear more from him in future projects.
Christopher Coleman Eeellllliiiiiooooot.  Phone home.  Write a score.  And tell Basil to release one in the USA every now and then.




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The Big Winners of 2005

King Kong by James Newton Howard
King Kong
10 Cue Awards!

The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by Harry Gregson Williams

6 Cue Awards!

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith
4 Cue Awards!



Other Headlines:

John Williams sweeps Composer of the Year Award (3)!

John Williams' Scores earn 7 Cue Awards!

King Kong an unprecedented 7 Cue Awards from one member of the Cue Academy!

Cinderella Man both best and worst for 2005.  Earns Disappointment of the Year AND Best Dramatic Score in same year!















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