The Guild of Music Supervisors celebrated 11 years of recognizing excellence in the craft of music supervision with a virtual gala awards ceremony on April 11th. While waiting to join the live stream, guests were treated to a compilation of the previous years of GMS awards.
From the first modest breakfast event 11 years ago, this challenging year called for a different and intimate gathering from the safety of our own homes. A live chat featured allowed attendees from the worlds of film, television, advertising, gaming, and music to come together to celebrate the nominees and winners of the 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors awards.
Top honors for big budget film went to Soul (music supervisor Tom MacDougall), while Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (music supervisor Dawn Sutter Madell), Promising Young Woman (music supervisor Susan Jacobs) and The Cuban (music supervisors Dondrea Erauw and Michael Perlmutter) won in the other film categories.
HBO’s standout series Watchmen (music supervisor Liza Richardson) claimed the top prize for television drama, while there was a three-way tie between The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (music supervisor Robin Urdang), High Fidelity (music supervisors Manish Raval, Alison Rosenfeld and Tom Wolfe), and Insecure (music supervisor Kier Lehman) to win for best music supervision in a television comedy or musical.
Warren Fischer, Laura Webb, and Lindsay Wolfington, music supervisors for To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You won the Guild’s award for best music supervision in a limited series or television movie.
Aminé Ramer took top honors for the documentary category with her work on Crip Camp. Following last year’s docuseries win for Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, Rudy Chung won again for the Michael Jordon docuseries, The Last Dance. The Reality Television saw Meryl Ginsberg recognized for The Masked Singer (very appropriate for this past year!).
The Guild of Music Supervisors also honored Maureen Crowe with its Legacy Award for her contributions to the world of music and music supervision. Maureen has given us some of the best soundtracks in films, including The Bodyguard and Wayne’s World, as well as paving the way for female music supervisors and recognition for all music supervisors.
Crowe was presented with her award by director Kenny Ortega and congratulated by television series Fame star Debbie Allen, The Bodyguard actor and producer Kevin Costner, as well as Jay Landers, Dean Pitchford, Michael A. Levine, Neil Meron, Rickey Minor, and Clive Davis. They praised Crowe for her work, friendship, and support in the craft of music supervision.
In 2010, Maureen Crowe created the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards and has been an advocate for its members. Through her perseverance, the Emmy Awards created the category for recognizing success in music supervision. Crowe was raised with a passion for music in a musical theater loving family. She’s an Emmy winner and has redefined the business. Her most recent credits include the Netflix film Sisters on Track, television series Julie and the Phantoms, and the documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.
The crowd was treated to a special performance by Stevie Wonder who presented Quincy Jones with the Icon Award. Stevie Wonder played a quick tune on the piano singing, “I love you Quincy, we’re friends for life.” Quincy Jones has been part of the music industry for over fifty years and has won twenty-eight Grammy awards. He made music history creating arrangements for Frank Sinatra and producing Michael Jackson’s albums Thriller and Bad.
Numerous stars popped in to congratulate their hero and friend Quincy Jones, including Alicia Keys, Bono, will.i.am, Will Smith, Colin Powell, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, John Legend, Jacob Collier, Diane Warren, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Many spoke about Quincy Jones as their role model and a huge inspiration to everybody in entertainment. They thanked him for his leadership, hard work, heart, and impact on his community.
A tribute to the Icon Award recipient, Quincy Jones showed the power of the Q and highlighted his long-standing career in the music industry.
Quincy accepted the award and said he felt blessed to find his life’s passion of music. He thanked “all my homies who gathered virtually. All my love and big time props to each and every one of y’all.” Closing out his acceptance speech with the quote “if you can see it, you can be it,” Jones said he shared this honor with everyone he’s worked with over the last seven decades.
Awards attendees also enjoyed performances by Spotlight Artist Angelica Garcia, as well as Andra Day and GMS Award nominees Darius de Haas and Celeste. Andra Day opened the show with the song ‘Tigress & Tweed’ from her film The United States vs. Billie Holiday (music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein).
Spotlight Artist Angelica Garcia performed a medley of ‘Guadalupe’ and ‘It Don’t Hinder Me’ from her recent album. Darius de Haas, who provided vocals for the character of Shy Baldwin in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, performed the original song ‘One Less Angel’ from the series (music supervisor Robin Urdang).
Lastly, guests were treated to two performances from Celeste. First the song, ‘If I Ever Lose This Heaven’ and then her nominated song, ‘Here My Voice’ from The Trials of the Chicago 7 (music supervisors Peter Afterman and Alison Litton) to close out the show. Celeste went on to win Best Song/Recording created for a film.
Presenters included Regina King, Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Savan Kotecha, Tony Hawk, Michael McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Michael Chiklis, Eva Noblezada, and Foloke Olowofoyeku.
See the full list of nominees and winners below, with links to explore their soundtracks.
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET >$25 MILLION
Tom MacDougall for Soul
Jonathan Leahy for Bill & Ted Face The Music
Becky Bentham for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Julia Michels for Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Angela Leus for Trolls World Tour
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET <$25 MILLION
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET <$10 MILLION
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET <$5 MILLION
Dondrea Erauw and Michael Perlmutter for The Cuban
Jessica Moore for Babyteeth
Greg Danylyshyn for Burden
Javier Nuño and Joe Rodríguez for I’m No Longer Here (Ya No Estoy Aquí)
Adèle Ho and Graham Kurzner for Yellow Rose
BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR A FILM
”Hear My Voice”
Performed by Celeste
Featured in The Trial of Chicago 7
Music Supervisors Peter Afterman and Alison Litton
Songwriters Celeste Waite and Daniel Pemberton
Performed by Janelle Monáe
Featured in All In: The Fight for Democracy
Music Supervisor Andrew Gross
Songwriters George “George 2.0” A. Peters II, Janelle “Django Jane” Monáe and Nathaniel Irvin III
Performed by Tracee Ellis Ross
Featured in The High Note
Music Supervisor Linda Cohen
Songwriters Greg Kurstin and Sarah Aarons
“Make It Work”
Performed by Forest Whitaker and Anika Noni Rose
Featured in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Music Supervisor Julia Michels
Songwriter John Stephens
“Carried Me with You”
Performed by Brandi Carlile
Featured in Onward
Music Supervisor Tom MacDougall
Songwriters Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Liza Richardson for Watchmen (Season 1)
Ashley Neumeister for American Soul (Season 2)
Thomas Golubić for Better Call Saul (Season 5)
Amanda Krieg Thomas, Alexis Martin Woodall and Ryan Murphy for Hollywood (Season 1)
Sarah Bromberg and Stephanie Diaz-Matos for P-Valley (Season 1)
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Manish Raval, Alison Rosenfeld and Tom Wolfe for High Fidelity (Season 1)
Kier Lehman for Insecure (Season 4)
Robin Urdang for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3)
Andrea von Foerster for Daybreak (Season 1)
Matt Biffa for Sex Education (Season 2)
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN REALITY TELEVISION
Meryl Ginsberg for The Masked Singer (Season 3)
Robin Kaye and Ashley Viergever for American Idol (Season 4)
Cathy Duncan for America’s Most Musical Family (Season 1)
Matthew Hearon-Smith for Legendary (Season 1)
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION MOVIE
Warren Fischer, Laura Webb and Lindsay Wolfington for To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Mandi Collier and Frankie Pine for Patsy & Loretta
Liz Gallacher for The Sleepover
Marius de Vries for Stargirl
BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR TELEVISION
“The Way It Used to Be”
Performed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Featured in Watchmen: Episode 106 “This Extraordinary Being”
Music Supervisor Liza Richardson
Songwriters Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“Build It Up”
Performed by Ingrid Michaelson
Featured in Little Fires Everywhere: Episode 108 “Find a Way”
Music Supervisor Mary Ramos
Songwriter Ingrid Michaelson
Performed by Blake Stadnik
Featured in This Is Us: Episode 401 “Strangers”
Music Supervisor Manish Raval and Tom Wolfe
Songwriters Taylor Goldsmith and Siddhartha Khosla
“One Less Angel”
Performed by Darius de Haas
Featured in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Episode 301 “Strike Up the Band”
Music Supervisors Robin Urdang
Songwriters Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore
“The Whole of the Moon”
Performed by Fiona Apple
Featured in The Affair: Episode 511 “Episode 11”
Music Supervisor Michael Hill
Songwriter Michael Scott
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR A DOCUMENTARY
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A DOCUSERIES
Trailers & Promos
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A FILM TRAILER OR TELEVISION PROMO
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A VIDEO GAME
Eric Kalver and Brandon Young for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Karyn Rachtman and Otis Rachtman for BEYOND BLUE
Eric Craig for Cyberpunk 2077
Raphaella Lima, Cybele Pettus and Steve Schnur for FIFA 21
Mary Ramos for Wasteland 3
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN ADVERTISING (SYNCH)
Andy Hamm – “A Journey Into The Valley Of Fire – Shot on iPhone” for Apple
David Lapinsky – “The Choice” for Procter & Gamble
Mike Ladman – “Life Needs Truth” for New York Times
Mike Ladman – “Never Lost” for Facebook
Andrew Kahn and Morgan Thoryk – “The Real Value of Home” for Zillow
BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN ADVERTISING (ORIGINAL COMPOSITION)
Mike Ladman – “Maurice And The Black Bear School” for Hennessy
Rebecca Grierson – “The All-In-One Interactive Studio” for JaxJox
Andrew Kahn and Morgan Thoryk – “Go Your Own Way” for Xfinity Mobile
Jessie Kalikow – “The Magic Of Mini feat. Tierra Whack” for Apple
Jonathan Wellbelove – “Male Movies Like The Movies” for Apple iPhone 12 Pro