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SCL nominees include songs, scores left off the Oscar shortlist by contenders

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists announced the nominations for its fourth annual honor for music in film, TV and video games, with French composer Alexandre Desplat and American composer Bear McCreary each receiving double nominations.

SCL, the primary organization for professional media composers, will present its awards on Feb. 15 at the Skirball Cultural Center, with singer-actor-songwriter Darren Criss as host.

Voting in seven categories ended Wednesday night, hours after the Motion Picture Academy announced the shortlist for songs and scores for the 2022 film. The contrast between the lists is striking, with only five score nominees and six song contenders matching the 15-title Oscar shortlist.

SCL nominees for outstanding score for a studio or independent film that made the Oscar shortlist on Wednesday were Alexandre Desplat (“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”), Carter Burwell (“The Banshees of Inisharine”), Michael Abels (“No”). , John Powell (“Don’t Worry Darling”) and Son Lux’s Ryan Lott (“Everything Everything All at One”).

But SCL voters also nominated several scores missing from the Oscar list: Michael Giacchino’s “The Batman,” Rob Simonsen’s “The Whale,” Sharon Farber’s “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” Mark Smith’s “The Reef: Stacked” and Leo “Strange: The Al Yankovic Story,” by Birenberg and Jack Robinson.

Six of the 10 songs nominated in two categories matched the Oscar shortlist: Desplat’s “Cio Papa” from “Pinocchio,” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “Good Afternoon” from “Spirited,” Diane Warren’s “Tali” from “Tell It Like a Woman,” ” Taylor Swift’s “Carolina” from “Where the Crawdads Sing”, Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” and Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

SCL voters nominated “Light the Match” by Danny Elfman from “Central Park,” “Love Is Not Love” by Marc Shaiman and Billy Eichner from “Bros,” “Now You Know” by Weird Al Yankovic from “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” . “and “(You Made It Feel Like) Home” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from “Bones and All”.

Two of SCL’s five nominees for TV scores have already won Emmys: Theodore Shapiro for “Severance” and Cristobal Tapia de Veer for “The White Lotus”. Also nominated were McCreery for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and “Andor,” neither of which were Emmy-eligible this year, and Siddharth Khosla’s “Only Murders in the Building.”

Women composers made a particularly big splash in the David Raksin Award categories for interactive media and “emerging talent.” Three of the five nominees for interactive score were women: Nayanita Desai for “Immortality,” Stephanie Economo for “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok” and Winifred Phillips for “Jurassic World Primal Ops.”

They will compete against McCreary’s “God of War: Ragnarok” and Christopher Willis’ “Cat Burglar.”

Four of the five nominees for the Raksin Award for Emerging Talent — named after the legendary composer of “Laura,” who has taught and encouraged young composers for decades — are women: Dara Taylor for “The Invitation,” Anna Drubich for “Barbarian ,” Esin Idingoze for “Simchas and Sorrow” and Nami Melumad for “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” Their competitor for “God’s Country” is DeAndre James Allen-Toole.

About two-thirds of the 3,000 SCL members — all composers, songwriters and other professionals involved in the business of creating music for the media — were eligible to vote for the award.

Full list of nominees:

Outstanding score for a studio film:

Alexandre Desplat, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

Carter Burwell, “The Banshees of Inisharin”

Michael Abels, “No”

Michael Giacchino, “Batman”

John Powell, “Don’t Worry Darling”

Outstanding score for an independent film:

Leo Birenberg, Jack Robinson, “Strange: The Al Yankovic Story”

Sharon Farber, “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

Ryan Lott, “Everywhere Everything at Once”

Rob Simonsen, “The Whale”

Mark Smith, “The Reef: Stems”

Outstanding Song for a Musical / Comedy:

Alexandre Desplat, Roban Katz, Guillermo del Toro, “Cio Papa” from “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”

“Good Afternoon” from “Spirited” by Khion Hersey, Sukari Jones, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Mark Sonnenblick

Danny Elfman, “Light the Match” from “Central Park”

“Love Ain’t Love” from Billy Eichner, Marc Shaiman, “Bros”

Weird Al Yankovic, “Now You Know” from “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

Outstanding Song for a Drama / Documentary:

Diane Warren, “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman”

Taylor Swift, “Carolina” from “Why the Crawdads Sing”.

Lady Gaga, Bloodpop, “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”

Tems, Rhianna, Ludwig Goranson, Ryan Coogler, “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

“(You Think It’s) Home” from Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Bones and All”

Outstanding Score for Television:

Nicholas Brittel, “Andor”

Siddharth Khosla, “Only Murders in the Building”

Bear McCreery, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”

Theodore Shapiro, “Separation”

Cristóbal Tapia de Vir, “The White Lotus”

Outstanding score for interactive media:

Nanita Desai, “Immortality”

Stephanie Iconomo, “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok”

Bear McCreary, “God of War: Ragnarok”

Winifred Phillips, “Jurassic World Primal Ops”

Christopher Willis, “The Cat Thief”

David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent:

Dara Taylor, “The Invitation”

Anna Drubich, “Savages”

DeAndre James Allen-Toole, “God’s Country”

Esin Aydingoz, “Simchas and Sorrow”

Nami Melumad, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”

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