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2022 International Film Music Critics Association award winners announced


Kate Winslet, Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron, International Film Music Critics Association
Kate Winslet in Avatar: The Way of Water

In the first year that TV and video game scores were accepted into the IFMCA's top category, the one and only such score to achieve a nomination has gone and won it. Bear McCreary's work for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, based on Howard Shore's theme, is the Score of the Year for 2022, according to the International Film Music Critics Association, while McCreary himself receives the prize for Composer of the Year as well. Elsewhere, as expected, all the top prize's nominees won in at least one category, with Avatar: The Way of Water notching up a second win with Simon Franglen's award for Composition of the Year. All the nominees can be viewed here, and all the winners below.


Score of the Year

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Bear McCreary and Howard Shore)


Composer of the Year

Bear McCreary


Composition of the Year

Avatar: The Way of Water - "Leaving Home (Hometree)" (Simon Franglen)


Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Film

The Batman (Michael Giacchino)


Best Original Score for an Animated Film

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Alexandre Desplat)


Best Original Score for a Comedy Film

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Nathan Johnson)


Best Original Score for a Documentary

Polar Bear (Harry Gregson-Williams)


Best Original Score for a Drama Film

The Fabelmans (John Williams)


Best Original Score for a Fantasy / Science Fiction Film

Avatar: The Way of Water (Simon Franglen)


Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film

Nope (Michael Abels)


Breakthrough Composer of the Year

Hesham Nazih


Film Music Record Label of the Year

Quartet Records (Jose M. Benitez)


Roberto Aschieri Special Award for Contribution to Film Music

Michael Matessino


Kyle Renick Special Award

Ennio, the Maestro (Giuseppe Tornatore)

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