2007 Cue Awards

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Special Awards

Welcome to the inaugural Cue Awards, where the staff of Tracksounds picks the best (and worst) film music of the year! 2002 was filled with variety. We were granted with no less than four new scores from John Williams, and other noteworthy works from the likes of Thomas Newman, and the new legend, Howard Shore. Before we embark on a new year of film music, let’s recognize the achievements of 2002! Let the Cues begin! 




 

Special Awards

Composer Awards

2005 Best of Awards

Best Cover Art Award


 

 

Surprise of the Year

Consideration: Dreamer by John Debney
The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
King Kong by James Newton-Howard
Pride and Prejudice

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin

 


Disappointment of the Year

Consideration: Revenge of the Sith by John Williams
Cinderella Man by Thomas Newman
Madagascar by Hans Zimmer

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

Cinderella Man by Thomas Newman


Best Score Missed by Oscar

Consideration: Dreamer by John Debney
The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
King Kong by James Newton-Howard

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by Harry Gregson-Williams


Record Label of the Year

Consideration: Dreamer by John Debney
The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
King Kong by James Newton-Howard

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

Sony Classical

 

Most-Unobtrusive Song on a Score Album

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

Wunderkind - Narnia

 
 
       
 

Special Awards

Welcome to the inaugural Cue Awards, where the staff of Tracksounds picks the best (and worst) film music of the year! 2002 was filled with variety. We were granted with no less than four new scores from John Williams, and other noteworthy works from the likes of Thomas Newman, and the new legend, Howard Shore. Before we embark on a new year of film music, let’s recognize the achievements of 2002! Let the Cues begin! 

 

Surprise of the Year

Consideration: Dreamer by John Debney
The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
King Kong by James Newton-Howard
Pride and Prejudice

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin

 


Disappointment of the Year

Consideration: Revenge of the Sith by John Williams
Cinderella Man by Thomas Newman
Madagascar by Hans Zimmer

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

Cinderella Man by Thomas Newman


Best Score Missed by Oscar

Consideration: Dreamer by John Debney
The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
King Kong by James Newton-Howard

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by Harry Gregson-Williams


Record Label of the Year

Consideration: Dreamer by John Debney
The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
King Kong by James Newton-Howard

Cap's Cue

The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Steve's Cue The Great Raid by Trevor Rabin
Christopher's Cue

Sony Classical

 

Most-Unobtrusive Song on a Score Album

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

Wunderkind - Narnia


Composer and Performance Awards

Welcome to the inaugural Cue Awards, where the staff of Tracksounds picks the best (and worst) film music of the year! 2002 was filled with variety. We were granted with no less than four new scores from John Williams, and other noteworthy works from the likes of Thomas Newman, and the new legend, Howard Shore. Before we embark on a new year of film music, let’s recognize the achievements of 2002! Let the Cues begin! 

Breakout Composer of the Year

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams

 

Disappearing Composer of the Year

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
Basil Poledouris

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

Eliot Goldenthal

 

 Composer of the Year

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

John Williams

 

 Composer of the Year

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

John Williams

 

 

2005 Best of the Year Awards

Welcome to the inaugural Cue Awards, where the staff of Tracksounds picks the best (and worst) film music of the year! 2002 was filled with variety. We were granted with no less than four new scores from John Williams, and other noteworthy works from the likes of Thomas Newman, and the new legend, Howard Shore. Before we embark on a new year of film music, let’s recognize the achievements of 2002! Let the Cues begin! 

 Best Cue as Heard in Film

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

John Williams

 

 Best Cue as Presented on Album

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

John Williams

 

 Best Score as heard in Film

Consideration: King Kong
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

War of the Worlds by John Williams

 

 Best Score as heard on Album

Consideration: Harry Gregson-Williams
Daniel Marinelli
 

Cap's Cue

Harry Gregson-Williams
Steve's Cue Harry Gregson-Williams
Christopher's Cue

John Williams

 

 

 

Genre Awards
 

Best Dramatic Score

CS  
ST  
CC Memoirs of a Geisha -
John Williams
 

 

Best Action Score

CS  
ST  
CC King Kong - James Newton-Howard
 

 

Best Score for an Animated Film

CS  
ST  
CC Wallace & Gromit: Were-rabbit -
Julian Nott et al
 

 

Best Score for Television
(Show or Series)

CS  
ST  
CC 24: Season 4 - Sean Callery
 

 

Best Score for Video Game

CS  
ST  
CC

Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle (Bill Brown)

 

Best Cover Art

Christopher' Cue:
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 


Surprise of the Year
 
Christopher's Cue Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Patrick Doyle)
Cap's Cue Ararat (Mychael Danna)
Steve's Cue The Time Machine (Klaus Badelt)

Disappointment of the Year
 
Christopher Coleman Madagascar (Hans Zimmer)
Matt Peterson Die Another Day (David Arnold)
Steve Townsley The Sum of All Fears (Jerry Goldsmith)

Best Orchestra Performance

Christopher Coleman London Symphony Orchestra -
Memoirs of a Geisha
Matt Peterson London Symphony Orchestra -
Minority Report
Steve Townsley London Symphony Orchestra -
LOTR: The Two Towers

Best Score Forgotten by the Academy

Christopher Coleman Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe (Harry Gregson-Williams)
Matt Peterson Minority Report (John Williams)
Steve Townsley Spirited Away (Joe Hisaishi)

Most Un-Obtrusive Lyrical Song Featured on a Soundtrack Album

Christopher Coleman WunderkindLOTR: The Two Towers
Matt Peterson Sgt. Mackenzie from Flying High -
We Were Soldiers
Steve Townsley Gollum's Song -  LOTR: The Two Towers

Best Use of Previously Recorded Music for a Trailer

Christopher's Cue Castaway (Alan Silvestri)
in Cinderella Man trailer
Matt's Cue Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), from Rules of Engagement in We Were Soldiers trailer
Steve's Cue Rudy (J. Goldsmith) in
Spirit:  Stallion of the Cimarron

  Label of the Year
 
Christopher's Cue Sony Classical
Matt's Cue Varese Sarabande
Steve's Cue Varese Sarabande


 

Breakout Composer of the Year

Christopher Harry Gregson-Williams
Matt Peterson David Julyan
Steve Townsley Klaus Badelt

Disappearing Composer of the Year

Christopher Coleman Basil Poledouris
Matt Peterson Ennio Morricone
Steve Townsley Michael Kamen

Composer of the Year
 
Christopher Coleman John Williams
Matt Peterson John Williams
Steve Townsley John Williams

 


 

Best Dramatic Score
CC Memoirs of a Geisha -
John Williams
MP Road to Perdition - Thomas Newman
ST Road to Perdition - Thomas Newman

 

Best Score for an Animated Film
CC Mulan II - Joel McNeeley
MP Spirited Away -
Joe Hisiashi
ST Spirited Away -
Joe Hisiashi


 
Best Action Score
CC Batman Begins
MP Minority Reporty -
John Williams
ST Star Wars: Attack of the Clones -
J. Williams


 
Best Television Score (Series or TV Movie/Event)
CC 24 - George Fenton
MP Enterprise -
Dennis McCarthy
ST Dinotopia -
Trevor Jones


 

Best Video Game Score
CC Call of Duty 2
Graeme Revell
MP MOH: Frontline
Michael Giacchino
ST MOH: Frontline
Michael Giacchino

 

Chris's Cue - Varese's

Green Dragon

 

Matt's Cue - Varese's

The Quiet American

 

Steve's Cue - Atlantic's

Harry Potter: COS
Tribute to Richard Harris





Best Cue as Heard in Film

Christopher's Cue "Swing Away" Finale from Signs
Matt's Cue Flying High from We Were Soldiers
Steve's Cue Gandalf and the Riders of Rohan charging down the hill in The Two Towers.
(Forth Eorlingas)


Best Cue as Presented on Album

Christopher's Cue The Uruk-Hai (track 5), LOTR: TTT
Matt's Cue The White Rider (track 9), LOTR:  TTT
Steve's Cue John Williams’ concert-arrangement of the “Fawkes the Phoenix” theme from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (track 2)


Best Score as Heard in Film

Christopher's Cue King Kong  (James Newton-Howard)
Matt's Cue Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers
Steve's Cue Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers


Best Score as Presented on Album

Christopher's Cue Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers
Matt's Cue Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers
Steve's Cue Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers



Christopher's Notes:

  • Klaus Badelt easily nabs my Cue for composer of the year with notable efforts for The Time Machine, K-19:  The Widowmaker, and Invincible (w/ Hans Zimmer).  Further, when sheer volume is considered Badelt adds his work for both Equilibrium and The Recruit.
     
  • While David Julyan really isn't "brand new" to the world film music, his effort for Insomnia certainly qualifies him for "break out composer of the year," and since there is no such category (this year), he gets this auspicious award! 
     
  • Howard Shore's work for The Two Towers lived up to my lofty expectations set by The Fellowship of the Ring
     
  • As wonderful as Shore's work for the Two Towers was, James Newton Howard's music for Signs within the context of the film, was the most impacting and memorable for 2002. 
     
  • On the flip side, aside from "Across the Stars"  the music for Star Wars: Attack of Clones eventually becomes excruciatingly "vanilla." In part due to my Star-Wars-lofty-expectations and, in part, due to some of the worst music editing I've heard in years, Attack of the Clones earns the biggest disappointment of the year. 
     
  • Varese Sarabande's cover for Green Dragon just edges the colorful design of Spy Kids 2. 
     
  • Finally, Michael Giacchino's Medal of Honor: Frontline easily earns the Cue for best Video Game Score of 2002, but unfortunately, it appears it is his last for the Medal of Honor franchise.

 

Matt's Notes:

  • Surprise of the year Honorable Mention:  Hart’s War – Rachael Portman.
     
  • Best Score Forgotten by the Academy Honorable Mentions: Minority Report – John Williams, Signs – James Newton Howard.
     
  • Best Dramatic Score-Honorable Mentions: Ararat – Mychael Danna, Insomnia – David Julyan.
     
  • Best Action Score -Honorable Mention:  Signs – James Newton Howard.
     
  • Best Cue as Heard in Film - Honorable Mention:  Everybody Runs, Minority Report – John Williams.
     

Steve's Notes:

  • Klaus Badelt’s The Time Machine was a very pleasant way to kick off the year, a strong score, and very accessible for new listeners. Where’s Hans been hiding this guy? Let Klaus come out and play!

  • Jerry Goldsmith’s real disappointment was in the botchy The Sum of All Fears CD release. Sorry.

  • “Gollum’s Song” (Emilia Torrani) from The Two Towers, stays in the mood of the album, and segues nicely in the music, making it a good, non-obtrusive English-language song.

  • Jerry Goldsmith’s training montage from Rudy in the trailers of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron -- seems like that score should have been there all the time. (Runner-up: Requiem for a Dream re-orchestration for The Two Towers.)

  • Though probably not originally intended as an “in memoriam”, I chose Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore on a variant cover of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for best cover art--one of the great actors lost this past year.

  • Truly, Varese Sarabande is the CD label of the year. I don’t always like their releases, I may take issue with the comparative length vs. price of their albums—but they do what nobody else does, with music that other labels wouldn’t touch, and you gotta respect that.

  • Joe Hisaishi’s Spirited Away - Exciting, emotional without being drippy, one of the best scores you’ll hear for any movie, animated or otherwise.

  • In spite of the mediocre adaptation of James Gurney’s wonderful books, Trevor Jones’ score for the Dinotopia miniseries elevated the fantasy.

Discuss the Cue Awards Here!

 

The Big Winners of 2002:

  • Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers (Howard Shore) received 14 total Cue Awards!
     
  • Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers was the unanimous winner for BEST SCORE AS PRESENTED ON ALBUM
     
  • Thomas Newman's Road to Perdition was unanimous choice for BEST DRAMATIC SCORE (3 total Cue Awards)
     
  • Michael Giacchino's Medal of Honor:  Frontline was unanimous choice for BEST VIDEO GAME SCORE (3 total Cue Awards)
     
  • John Williams' Minority Report received 3 total Cue Awards
     
  • Composer Klaus Badelt received 3 total Cue Awards.
     
  • Varese Sarabande releases received 7 Cue Awards including LABEL OF THE YEAR.

 

 
 

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