The Film Music Society FMS FEATURE...

February 14, 2005
Film Music Scores at Grammys, BAFTAs
Multiple honors for Howard Shore; highest award to John Barry

Howard Shore and John Barry received major kudos over the weekend – one in Los Angeles, the other in London.

Howard Shore
Howard Shore
Shore received two Grammy Awards on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, for his soundtrack album for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and for best movie song "Into the West" from the same film.

These two wins mean that Shore has made a clean sweep of the Grammys for his Lord of the Rings music, having won in the score categories in 2002 and 2003 for his two previous LOTR soundtracks, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Shore shared his song Grammy with his co-writers on "Into the West," singer Annie Lennox and screenwriter Fran Walsh.

Shore won three Oscars – for the scores of Fellowship and Return, and the song "Into the West."

Other film-music-related wins at Sunday's Grammy Awards were: actor-director Zach Braff, as producer of the Garden State soundtrack, in the "compilation soundtrack album" category; and James Jensen, as producer of the Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar album, in the "pop instrumental album" category.

Film Music Society Board member Lance Bowling's Cambria Master Recordings label won for the second consecutive year in one of the classical music categories, "best small ensemble performance," for Carlos Chavez: Complete Chamber Music, Volume 2, by the Southwest Chamber Music ensemble.

In London, meanwhile, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out its annual awards Saturday at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square. The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music went to Gustavo Santaolalla, for his score for The Motorcycle Diaries.

Santaolalla's win leaves the Oscar race for Original Score as wide-open as ever. Among his fellow BAFTA nominees, Howard Shore's The Aviator and Craig Armstrong's Ray were both disqualified from Oscar consideration; Bruno Coulais' Les Choristes is nominated not for score, but for Best Song; only Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's music for Finding Neverland is also Oscar-nominated.

John Barry
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More significantly, BAFTA honored one of the great film composers of all time with its highest accolade, the Academy Fellowship. John Barry, 71, received a standing ovation from the crowd as he strode to the podium to accept the award from his longtime friend, Richard Lord Attenborough.

Attenborough, who directed Chaplin (for which Barry received his most recent Oscar nomination), was making his first major public appearance since the loss of his granddaughter in the Asian tsunami disaster. The citation was read by actress Virginia McKenna, who starred in Born Free, for which Barry won his first two Academy Awards.

Barry was clearly moved by the award and the outpouring of affection by the audience. The composer said he had "had the best fortune in the world to have worked with the finest directors and producers on the finest productions. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude."

Barry, who won the Anthony Asquith honor for The Lion in Winter, also has Oscars for Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves, and is world-renowned for his many musical contributions to the James Bond series, including the arrangement of the original James Bond theme and such seminal scores as Goldfinger, Thunderball and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.