ASCAP has announced the winners of the 2021 ASCAP Screen Music Awards, recognizing its top film, television and video game composers. The accolades will take place under the hashtag #ASCAPAwards on ASCAP’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and @ASCAPScreen as part of a social media celebration through Thursday, May 20. The ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards, voted on exclusively by the ASCAP composer and songwriter community, are presented to Trent Reznor & Jon Batiste for Film Score of the Year for Pixar’s Soul; to Raphael Saadiq for Television Score of the Year for HBO’s Lovecraft Country; to Steven Price for Documentary Score of the Year for David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet; to Philip Glass & Paul Leonard-Morgan for Television Theme of the Year for Amazon’s Tales from a Loop; and to Gustavo Santaolalla for Video Game Score of the Year for his work on The Last of Us Part II. The Instagram reveal will include acceptances from Batiste, Price, Glass, Leonard-Morgan and Santaolalla, in addition to special performances from Batiste, Leonard-Morgan and Santaolalla.

In other categories, the Top Box Office Film honor went to Rupert Gregson-Williams for his score for the Chinese epic The Eight Hundred. David Vanacore was the top winner for Most Performed Themes and Underscore for his work on shows including Survivor and Biggest Loser. Bear McCreary took Top Cable Television Series for AMC’a The Walking Dead and Matthew Hawkins, Maurice “m.O” Jackson & Neil Martin won Top Network Television Series for their main theme for CBS’ NCIS.

This year’s ASCAP Screen Music Awards also includes winners in a new category, Top Streaming Films, and an expanded number of awards presented for streaming series, reflecting changes in consumer viewing habits. Visit ASCAP’s official website for all the winners.

  1. Tom de Ruiter says:

    Why did Rupert win. The score is written by Andrew Kawczynski

    • Bond1965 says:

      Odd that Laura Karpman was left off of LOVECRAFT COUNTRY.

      • Jason says:

        So was Atticus Ross for Soul. All of them presumably not ASCAP members.