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Golden Globe Awards 2021 (for 2020 Films)

The whole film industry has been impacted and significantly slowed by the Coronavirus pandemic during 2020 and into 2021, affecting not just film production but also many scheduled theatrical releases. Most of the main film awards have been affected, resulting in delays to the selection process and with many aspects of the presentation ceremonies taking place online. Nevertheless the Golden Globes still kicked off the season, with the nominations for the 78th Golden Globes being announced on February 3rd 2021, and the winners (listed first below) announced at the online ceremony on February 28th 2021. In the Music categories these were:

  • 2020 Original Score
  • "Soul" by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    "Mank" by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    "The Midnight Sky" by Alexandre Desplat
    News of the World by James Newton Howard
    "Tenet" by Ludwig Göransson

  • 2020 Original Song
  • "Io sì (Seen)" by Niccolò Agliardi, Laura Pausini & Diane Warren from The Life Ahead
    "Fight for You" by D'Mile, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas from Judas and the Black Messiah
    "Hear My Voice" by Celeste & Daniel Pemberton from The Trial of the Chicago 7
    "Speak Now" by Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom Jr. from One Night in Miami
    "Tigress & Tweed" by Andra Day & Raphael Saadiq from The United States vs. Billie Holiday

For "Soul" pianist / singer / composer / bandleader Jon Batiste composed the music used in the film's jazz sessions which also served as reference for those animated musical sequences, while Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross also composed the film's score. A special mfiles congratulations is due to singer / songwriter / actress Andra Day for winning Best Actress for her role as Billie Holiday in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (in addition to her Original Song nomination), and to singer / songwriter / actor / composer / everything Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Best Actor nomination for his role as Alexander Hamilton in the film version of Miranda's musical "Hamilton".

Here is the official HFPA site, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who organise the Golden Globe Awards.

BAFTA Awards 2021 (for 2020 Films)

Nominations for the 74th BAFTA film awards were announced on 9th March 2021, and the awards ceremony took place on 11th April 2021.

  • 2020 Original Score
  • "Soul" by Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    "Mank" by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    "Minari" by Emile Mosseri
    News of the World by James Newton Howard
    "Promising Young Woman" by Anthony Willis

BAFTA does not have a Song Category. However the BAFTA Video Game awards and the BAFTA Television Craft awards are separate events taking place every year in the Spring. The nominations for the Video Game awards were released on 2nd March 2021 and the winners will be announced at the online awards ceremony on 25th March:

  • 2020 Game Music
  • MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES John Paesano, Scott Hanau, Alex Hackford - Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
    GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Ilan Eshkeri, Shigeru Umebayashi, Peter Scaturro - Sucker Punch Productions/ Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
    HADES Darren Korb - Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
    THE LAST OF US PART II Gustavo Santaolalla, Mac Quayle, Scott Hanau - Naughty Dog/ Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
    ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS Gareth Coker - Moon Studios/Xbox Game Studios
    SACKBOY: A BIG ADVENTURE Jay Waters, Joe Thwaites, Joanna Skorupa - Sumo Digital Sheffield/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

  • 2020 Audio Achievement
  • GHOST OF TSUSHIMA Rev. Dr. Bradley D. Meyer and Development Team - Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
    ASTRO'S PLAYROOM Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
    HADES Darren Korb - Supergiant Games/Supergiant Games
    HALF-LIFE: ALYX Development Team – Valve/Valve
    THE LAST OF US PART II Development Team - Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
    MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES Development Team - Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

The BAFTA Television Craft Award nominees were announced on Wednesday 28th April, and winners presented on Monday 24 May 2021.

  • 2020 Original Music
  • HARRY ESCOTT "Roadkill" - The Forge Entertainment/BBC One
    CRISTOLBAL TAPIA DE VEER "The Third Day (episode 3)" - Sky Studios, Plan B Entertainment, Punchdrunk Entertainment, HBO/Sky Atlantic
    H. SCOTT SALINAS "Baghdad Central" - Euston Films/Channel 4
    MARTIN PHIPPS "The Crown" - Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television/Netflix

Here is the official BAFTA site, the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.

Oscar Awards 2021 (for 2020 Films)

The nominations for the delayed 93rd Academy Awards were announced on March 15th 2021, and the winners (listed first below) were presented on April 25th.

  • 2020 Original Score
  • "Soul" by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
    "Da 5 Bloods" by Terence Blanchard
    "Mank" by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    "Minari" by Emile Mosseri
    News of the World by James Newton Howard

  • 2020 Original Song
  • "Fight for You" by D'Mile, Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas from Judas and the Black Messiah
    "Hear My Voice" by Celeste Waite & Daniel Pemberton from The Trial of the Chicago 7
    "Húsavík" by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson from "Eurovision Song Contest"
    "Io sì (Seen)" by Laura Pausini & Diane Warren from The Life Ahead
    "Speak Now" by Sam Ashworth & Leslie Odom Jr. from One Night in Miami

Here is the official Oscars site from AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For winners and nominations in previous years for the music-related academy awards see our Film Music Oscars page on mfiles.