Winners of the 12th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

The Guild of Music Supervisors celebrated 12 years of recognizing excellence in the craft of music supervision with a virtual gala awards ceremony on March 20th. Once again, the event was virtual, and ticket holders could live stream the awards safely from the comfort of their own homes. Over 300 virtual attendees watched through their various screens as entertaining performances and appearances came together with a shared appreciation for music supervision.

Guild of Music Supervisors President Joel C. High and Vice President Madonna Wade-Reed.

GMS President Joel C. High and Vice President Madonna Wade-Reed welcomed viewers to the 12th Annual GMS Awards. They thanked all the volunteers and everyone involved with the hope that next year we will celebrate the craft of music supervision in person.

Top honors in the film categories went to Netflix’s tick, tick…boom! (music supervisor Steven Gizicki), while Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar (music supervisors Julianne Jordan and Justine Von Winterfeldt), Sylvie’s Love (music supervisors Mandi Collier and Frankie Pine) and Zola (music supervisors Mandi Collier, Jen Malone, and Nicole Weisberg) won in the other film categories.

HBOMax series Lovecraft Country (music supervisor Liza Richardson) claimed the top prize for television drama. Richardson previously won this category for Watchmen last year. HBOMax’s The White Lotus (music supervisor Janet Lopez) won the award for best music supervision in a TV comedy or musical.

Laura Webb and Lindsay Wolfington won the GMS award for best music supervision in a limited series or television movie for their work on To All the Boys: Always and Forever. Wolfington and Webb also won this category last year for the previous TATB installment, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

Angela Asistio took top honors for the documentary category for her work on Val. Aminé Ramer won for their work on the HBO Music Box Series in the category for best music supervision in a docu-series, after winning the documentary category last year for Crip Camp. Reality Television saw Eric Medina, Stephanie Diaz-Matos, and Sarah Bromberg recognized for their combined work on Sweet Life: Los Angeles.

Legacy Award recipient Mitchell Leib.

The Guild of Music Supervisors honored Mitchell Leib with its Legacy Award for his contributions to the world of music and music supervision. Mitchell is a former executive for Disney, with a career spanning over 30 years in the music industry. He has contributed to projects such as the Pretty Woman soundtrack, TRON: Legacy, the live-action remakes of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Mr. Leib graciously accepted the prestigious award and humbly thanked his friends, family, and colleagues. The Legacy Award was presented to Leib by his long-time friend, colleague, and fellow GMS award recipient Diane Warren.

Mitchell Leib later presented Diane Warren with the Guild of Music Supervisors esteemed Icon Award in a heartwarming turn of tables. However, not before industry friend Bonnie Greenburg (Pleasantville, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, What Women Want) could make a cameo during the heartfelt exchange. 

Icon Award recipient Diane Warren.

The Icon Award could not be a more fitting title for the iconic songwriter Diane Warren. Warren has been called “One of the most prolific American pop songwriters” by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Diane has received 12 Oscar nominations, 32 Top Ten hits, an Emmy award, 2 Golden Globe awards, and numerous other accolades. She has worked with artists such as Cher, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, LeAnn Rimes, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Mariah Carey. “I see that real icons have received this award previously, and I am proud and humbled to be in their company although I don’t really feel like I am one yet. I feel like I’m just getting started so maybe I’ll be an icon when I grow up if I ever grow up that is!,” said Warren during her award acceptance. This year, Diane Warren is Oscar nominated for her song ‘Somehow You Do’ performed by Reba McEntire from the film Four Good Days.

Goapele

Awards attendees also enjoyed performances by Spotlight Artist Bahari, as well as Aloe Blacc, GMS Award nominees Goapele and Sebastián Yatra. Goapele opened the show with a choir accompanied performance of ‘Look At Us,’ which was nominated for best TV song from Homeroom.

Aloe Blacc

Spotlight Artist Bahari announced their upcoming single before the duo performed their song ‘Savage’ which was featured in Ginny & Georgia. Guests were also treated to two performances from Aloe Blacc. First the song, ‘Other Side’ and then his personal take on Diane Warren’s Oscar nominated song, ‘Somehow You Do’. Lastly, Sebastian Yatra closed the show with a performance of the best song created for a film, ‘Dos Oruguitas’.

Sebastián Yatra

Presenters included Javier Bardem, Jessica Chastain, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Annie Mumolo, and Kristen Wiig. As well as Marlon Wayans, Dave Burd (aka Lil Dickey), Ryan Tedder, Rufus Wainwright, and Laura Karpman, among others.

See the full list of nominees and winners below, with links to explore their soundtracks.

 

Film

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET >$25 MILLION

Steven Gizicki for tick, tick…BOOM!
Mary Ramos for Being the Ricardos
Tom MacDougall for Encanto
Michelle Silverman for The Harder They Fall
Linda Cohen for The Tender Bar

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET <$25 MILLION

Julianne Jordan and Justin von Winterfeldt for Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Pierre-Marie Dru for Annette
Becky Bentham for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
John Houlihan for The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Tracy McKnight for Flag Day

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET <$10 MILLION

Mandi Collier and Frankie Pine for Sylvie’s Love
Victoria Beard and Sean Mulligan for Blue Bayou
Katie Colley and Sean Mulligan for The Hating Game
Alexandra Eckhardt for Passing
Rob Lowry for The Ultimate Playlist of Noise

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILM: BUDGET <$5 MILLION

Mandi Collier, Jen Malone and Nicole Weisberg for Zola
Andrea von Foerster for Happily
Jen Malone for Malcolm & Marie
Matthew Hearon-Smith for Red Rocket
Henrik Hawor, Silje Katralen, Goran Obad and Emilie Sørensen for The Worst Person In The World

BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR A FILM

“Dos Oruguitas”
Performed by Sebastián Yatra
Featured in Encanto
Music Supervisor Tom MacDougall
Songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Guns Go Bang”
Performed by Kid Cudi and Jay-Z
Featured in The Harder They Fall
Music Supervisor Michelle Silverman
Songwriters Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi and Shawn Carter

“My Father’s Daughter”
Performed by Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard and Olivia Vedder
Featured in Flag Day
Music Supervisor Tracy McKnight
Songwriters Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder

“Fire In The Sky”
Performed by Anderson .Paak
Featured in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Music Supervisor Dave Jordan
Songwriters Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Son Tzu, Rogét Chahayed, Wesley Singerman, Taylor Dexter and Alissia Benveniste

“Be Alive”
Performed by Beyoncé
Featured in King Richard
Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs
Songwriters Beyoncé and Dixson

 

Television

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

Liza Richardson for Lovecraft Country (Season 1)
Sarah Bridge for The Crown (Season 4)
Kevin Edelman for Cruel Summer (Season 1)
Jen Ross for Genius: Aretha (Season 3)
Iain Cooke for It’s a Sin (Season 1)

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Janet Lopez for The White Lotus (Season 1)
Jason Alexander and Justin T. Feldman for Dave (Season 2)
Matt Biffa for Sex Education (Season 3)
Jen Ross for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Season 2)
Jonathan McHugh for Blindspotting (Season 1)

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN REALITY TELEVISION

Sarah Bromberg, Stephanie Diaz-Matos and Eric Medina for Sweet Life: Los Angeles (Season 1)
Peter Davis for The Challenge: All Stars (Season 1)
Jason Markey for FBoy Island (Season 1)
Jon Ernst for Siesta Key (Season 4)

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A TELEVISION MOVIE

Laura Webb and Lindsay Wolfington for To All The Boys: Always And Forever
Nicki Richards for American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules
Mikki Itzigsohn and Willa Yudell for The Voyeurs

BEST SONG/RECORDING CREATED FOR TELEVISION

“Fuck The Pain Away”
Performed by The Moordale Singers and Oli Julian
Featured in Sex Education: Episode 302 and Episode 307
Music Supervisor Matt Biffa
Songwriter Merrill Nisker

“Look At Us”
Performed by: Goapele featuring Rexx Life Raj
Featured in Homeroom
Music Supervisor Julie Glaze Houlihan
Songwriters Mike Aaberg, Joseph Epperson, Lauren Evans, Mounir Ghantous, Tony Ghantous, Goapele K. Mohlbane and Faraji Wright

“Beginning Middle End”
Performed by Leah Nobel
Featured in To All The Boys: Always And Forever
Music Supervisors Laura Webb and Lindsay Wolfington
Songwriters Leah Nobel and Quinn Redmond

“Change”
Performed by H.E.R.
Featured in We the People: Episode 101 “Active Citizenship”
Music Supervisor Jen Ross
Songwriters Ronald Colson, Jeff Gitelman, David Harris, Maxx Moore and Gabriella Wilson

“Anyone”
Performed by Cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Skylar Astin
Featured in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Episode 209 “Zoey’s Extraordinary Mystery”
Music Supervisor Jen Ross
Songwriters Badriia Ines Bourelly, Dayyon Alexander Drinkard, Demi Lovato, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Jay Mooncie and Samuel Elliot Roman

 

Documentary

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR A DOCUMENTARY

Angela Asistio for Val
Jonathan Hecht for Dear Rider
Tracy McKnight for Rebel Hearts
Maureen Crowe and Janet Billig Rich for Sisters on Track
Gary Welch for The Sparks Brothers

 

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A DOCUSERIES

Aminé Ramer for HBO Music Box Series: “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, And Rage,” “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss,” “DMX: Don’t Try To Understand,” “Jagged,” “Listening to Kenny G”
Ian Broucek and Kevin Writer for Amend: The Fight For America
James Cartwright for The Lady and the Dale
Jon Ernst for Last Chance U: Basketball
Iain Cooke for 1971: The Year Music Changed Everything

 

Trailers & Promos

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A FILM TRAILER OR TELEVISION PROMO

Toddrick Spalding, King Richard
Will Quiney, CODA
Holly Williamson, The Matrix Resurrections
Natalie Wali, Spencer
Gregory Sweeney, Scenes from a Marriage

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Video Games

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN A VIDEO GAME

Raphaella Lima, Cybele Pettus and Ben Wedegar for FIFA 22
Venus Bentley and Steve Schnur for Battlefield 2042
Simon Landry, Greig Newby and Eduardo Vaisman for Far Cry 6
Tony Mesones, Ivan Pavlovich and David Scott for Grand Theft Auto Online: The Contract
Glenn Herweijer and Ben Sumner for Life Is Strange: True Colors

 

Advertising

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN ADVERTISING (SYNCH)

Jonathan Wellbelove – “iPhone 12 – Fumble” for Apple
Sunny Kapoor and Mike Ladman – “Skate Nation Ghana” for Meta
Jonathan Hecht, Mike Ladman, Brandy Ricker and Sarah Tembeckjian – “Technically Illegal” for Reform Alliance
Jeremy Daw and JT Griffith – “Together Again” for Nike
Josh Marcy and Liz Pfriem – “Privacy On iPhone – Tracked” for Apple

BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION IN ADVERTISING (ORIGINAL COMPOSITION)

Jonathan Hecht and Sarah Tembeckjian – “Rise And Shine” for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, The Trombone Shorty Foundation
Neil Cleary and Kristen Hosack – “Lexus Sparks Campaign” for Lexus
Jennie Armon and Matt Nelson – “Life In A Day 2020: Strangers On The Road” for YouTube Originals
Kurt Steinke – “Venus – The Pube Song” for Venus
Josh Marcy and Nicole Palko – “Start Up | A Song Made From 45 Years Of Apple Sounds” for Apple