The Goldspirit Awards

Fans of film music have a different taste than members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood. Year after year the controversy arises as to why this or that score didn’t even get a nomination and how is it possible that this or that score got an undeserved Oscar. It is also true that sometimes the awards match the taste of the fans.

Similarly, “best of the year” lists that appear from time to time in the media, made from general population surveys, not only film music fans, doesn’t usually match. These lists are full of soundtracks based exclusively on songs that are only there because of the popularity of a particular film, but not because of the quality of the score itself.

For this reason, shortly after the creation of BSOSpirit’s website, one of the first initiatives held there were the Goldspirit Awards, which were conceived as a virtual recognition of the best soundtracks and composers of each year, always from the point of view of film music fans.

The first edition celebrated the best of 2001 and the voting was carried out through the email list BSOSpirit. Not many votes were received and the categories were fewer than in later editions, but it was the first step. Besides, that year the result was consistent with the Academy Awards and the popularity of the film, winning as best composer Howard Shore and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as best score.

The trilogy directed by Peter Jackson dominated on the first three years of our Goldspirit Awards. The Two Towers and The Return of the King were considered the best in 2002 and 2003, respectively, while John Williams was elected as best composer, in the 2002 edition, as a  recognition for his work in Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

In autumn 2004, an actual award statuette was delivered to a composer. After his concert in Seville, Howard Shore received from the hands of several members of BSOSpirit the first Jerry Spirit statuette. Those concerts of The Lord of the Rings were the germ of the International Film Music Congress “City of Úbeda”. In Seville, the idea of ​​gathering composers and fans in one place was born, culminating in the first edition in July 2005.

The awards ceremony of the Goldspirits was one of the main events of that first Congress. In the 2004 edition James Newton Howard won for The Village and a video in which he thanked the fans with the statuette award in his hands was shown to the audience. Jan A.P. Kaczmarek did the same as he was recognized for Best Original Score for a Drama for Finding Neverland (the Academy Award winner of that year). And Brian Tyler was in Ubeda to collect his award for 2003 breakthrough composer, as well as Sean Callery who won for  24 (2004 Best Original Score for other Media) and Don Davis who won for The Matrix Revolutions (2003Best Original Score for an Action Film) and Oscar Araujo for El Cid (2003 Best Original Score for Animation).

In the following years the awards gala was held among the activities of the Ubeda Congress. Over the years, many winners have stepped on stage to collect their statuettes: Michael Giacchino, Roque Baños, David Arnold, Christopher Young, John Powell, Fernando Velázquez, John Debney, Wataru Hokoyama, Sergio de la Puente, Alejandro Vivas, and Philippe Rombi.

We have also had great maestros who were awarded the Goldspirit for a Legend, later renamed after the Conan composer, the Basil Poledouris Award for a Legend. The first recipient of the award was Basil Poledouris himself. He was followed by John Scott, Bruce Broughton, Patrick Doyle, Colette Delerue and Dave Grusin.

Over the years, the Goldspirit Awards have varied their categories, expanding or reducing them, always with the intention of improving them. At the Festival of Córdoba, the Goldspirit Awards will be on the spotlight. There will be some of the nominees for the eleventh edition in Córdoba ready to receive the applause from the fans that will express through these awards the recognition to the art they love so much.

LIST OF GOLDSPIRIT AWARDS’ WINNERS

I EDITION (2001)

Best Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)

Best Composer

Howard Shore

Best Horror Score

Hannibal (Hans Zimmer)

Best Drama Score

Pearl Harbor (Hans Zimmer)

Best Action Score

The Mummy Returns (Alan Silvestri)

Best Comedy Score

Amelie (Yann Tiersen)

Best Animation Score

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (James Newton Howard) y Final Fantasy: The Spirit Within (Elliot Goldenthal)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)

Best Record Label

Varese Sarabande

Best Release of a classic score

Aliens (James Horner) and The Omen (Jerry Goldsmith)

Breakthrough Composer

Shawn Davey

Best Webpage

IMDB

Best CD Realease

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)

Best Score for other Media

Band of Brothers (Michael Kamen)

Best Original Song

“For Always”, from A.I., performed byLara Fabian and Josh Groban (John Williams)

Best Song Albm

Moulin Rouge

Best Theme

“The Bridge of Khazad Dum”, de The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Howard Shore)

Best Score in Film Music History

The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

Goldspirit for a Legend

Bernard Herrmann

II EDITION (2002)

Best Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Howard Shore)

Best Composer

John Williams

Best Spanish Score

800 Balas (Roque Baños)

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños

Best Horror Score

Signs (James Newton Howard)

Best Drama Score

Road to Perdition (Thomas Newman)

Best Action Score

Spider-Man (Danny Elfman)

Best Comedy Score

Catch Me If You Can (John Williams)

Best Animation Score

Spirit (Hans Zimmer)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Howard Shore)

Best Record Label

Sony

Best Release of a classic score

Joe vs the Volcano (Georges Delerue)

Breakthrough Composer

Klaus Badelt

Best Webpage

IMDB

Best CD Release

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Howard Shore)

Best Score for other Media

Call of the Champions (John Williams)

Composer that deserves recognition

Basil Poledouris

Best Unreleased Score

The Ring (Hans Zimmer)

Best Original Song

“Gollum’s Song” (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

Best Song Album

Spirit (Hans Zimmer, Bryan Adams)

Best Theme

”Across the Stars” (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

Best Horror Theme

“Main Titles” (Signs)

Best Drama Theme

“Rock Island, 1931” (Road to Perdition)

Best Action Theme

“Anderton’s Great Escape” (Minority Report)

Best Comedy Theme

“The Float” (Catch Me If You Can)

Best Animation Theme

“Run Free” (Spirit)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Theme

“Across the Stars” (Love Theme)

Goldspirit for a Legend

John Williams

III EDITION (2003)

Best Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)

Best Composer

Howard Shore

Best Spanish Score

El Cid (Óscar Araujo)

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños and Alberto Iglesias

Best Horror Score

Darkness Falls (Brian Tyler)

Best Animation Score

Finding Nemo (Thomas Newman)

 

Best Comedy Score

Secondhand Lions (Patrick Doyle) and Love Actually (Craig Armstrong)

Best Action Score

The Matrix Revolutions (Don Davis)

Best Drama Score

The Last Samurai (Hans Zimmer)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)

Best Score for other Media

Children of Dune (Brian Tyler)

Best Unreleased Score

Timeline (Jerry Goldsmith)

Breakthrough Composer

Brian Tyler

Best Label

Varèse Sarabande

Best Website

Music from the Movies

Composer that deserves recognition

Basil Poledouris

Best Release of a classic score

The Dark Crystal (Trevor Jones)

More disappointing Score

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Klaus Badelt)

Best CD Realease

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)

Best Song Album

Kill Bill vol. 1

Best Original Song

“Into the West” (LOTR: The Return of the King)

Best Theme

“Minas Tirith” and “The White Tree” (LOTR: The Return of the King)

Best Horror Theme

“Shelob’s Lair” (LOTR: The Return of the King)

Best Drama Theme

“The Way of the Sword” (The Last Samurai)

Best Action Theme

“Neodammerung” (The Matrix Revolutions)

Best Comedy Theme

“Birthday Preparations” (Good Bye, Lenin!)

Best Epic Theme

“Minas Tirith” and “The White Tree” (LOTR: The Return of the King)

Best Love Theme

“Glasgow Love Theme” (Love Actually)

Goldspirit for a Legend

Ennio Morricone

IV EDITION (2004)

Best Score

The Village (James Newton Howard)

Best Composer

James Newton Howard

Best Spanish Score

Mar Adentro (Alejandro Amenábar)

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños

Breakthrough Composer

Michael Giacchino

Best Horror Score

The Village (James Newton Howard)

Best Drama Score

Finding Neverland (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek)

Best Action, Adventure or Thriller Score

King Arthur (Hans Zimmer)

Best Comedy Score

The Terminal (John Williams)

Best Animation Score

The Incredibles (Michael Giacchino)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams)

Best Score for other Media

24 (Sean Callery)

More disspointing Score

Troy (James Horner)

Best Unrealeased Score

Troy (Rejected) (Gabriel Yared)

Best Release of a classic score

Marco Polo (Ennio Morricone)

Best Song Album

Shrek 2

Best Original Song

“Tell Me Now” (King Arthur)

Best Theme

“The Gravel Road” (The Village)

Best Horror Theme

“Those We Don’t Speak Of” (The Village)

Best Drama Theme

“Mary Goes to Jesus” (The Passion of the Christ)

Best Action Theme

“Buckbeak’s Flight” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Best Comedy Theme

“The Tale of Viktor Navorski” (The Terminal)

Best Epic Theme

“Buckbeak’s Flight” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Best Epic Theme

“Neverland Piano Variation in Blue” (Finding Neverland) and “The Gravel Road” (The Village)

Goldspirit for a Legend

Jerry Goldsmith and Elmer Bernstein

V EDITION (2005)

Best Score

Memoirs of a Geisha (John Williams)

Best Composer

John Williams

Best Spanish Score

Fragile (Roque Baños)

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños

Breakthrough Composer

Alexandre Desplat

Best Horror Score

Fragile (Roque Baños)

Best Drama Score

Memoirs of a Geisha (John Williams)

Best Action, Adventure or Thriller Score

King Kong (James Newton Howard)

Best Comedy Score

Nanny McPhee (Patrick Doyle)

Best Animation Score

Corpse Bride (Danny Elfman)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Patrick Doyle)

Best Score for other Media

Lost (Michael Giacchino)

Best Unreleased Score

Man to Man (Patrick Doyle)

Best Release of classic score

The Fellowship of the Ring. Complete Recordings (Howard Shore)

More Disspointing Score

Elektra (Christophe Beck)

Best Song Album

Match Point

Best Original Song

“Remains of the Day” (Corpse Bride)

Best Theme

“A Prayer for Peace” (Munich)

Best Horror Theme

“Into the Forest” (Corpse Bride) and “The Ferry Scene” (War of the Worlds)

Best Drama Theme

“A Prayer for Peace” (Munich)

Best Action Theme

“Battle of the Heroes” (Star Wars: Episode III. Revenge of the Sith)

Best Comedy Theme

“Assassin’s Tango” (Mr. y Mrs. Smith)

Best Epic Theme

“Battle of the Heroes” (Star Wars: Episode III. Revenge of the Sith)

Best Romantic Theme

“Harry in Winter” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Goldspirit for a Legend

Basil Poledouris

VI EDITION (2006)

Best Score

Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)

Best Composer

James Newton Howard

Best Spanish Score

El laberinto del fauno (Javier Navarrete)

Best Spanish Composer

Javier Navarrete

Breakthrough Composer

Douglas Pipes

Best Horror Score

The Grudge 2 (Christopher Young)

Best Drama Score

The Da Vinci Code (Hans Zimmer)

Best Action, Adventure or Thriller Score

X-Men: The Last Stand (John Powell)

Best Comedy Score

Night at the Museum (Alan Silvestri)

Best Animation Score

Happy Feet (John Powell)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

Lady in the Water (James Newton Howard)

Best Score for other Media

Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman)

Best Unreleased Score

Bobby (Mark Isham)

Best Release of a classic score

The Two Towers. Complete Recordings (Howard Shore)

More Dissapointing Score

Babel (Gustavo Santaolalla)

Best Label

Varèse Sarabande

Best Song Album

Dreamgirls

Best Original Song

“You Know My Name” (Casino Royale)

Best Theme

“The Great Eatlon” (Lady in the Water)

Best Horror Theme

“Bosque profundo” (El laberinto del fauno)

Best Drama Theme

“Chevaliers de Sangreal” (The DaVinci Code)

Best Action Theme

“African Rundown” (Casino Royale)

Best Comedy Theme

“Jack Sparrow” (Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest)

Best Epic Theme

“The Great Eatlon” (Lady in the Water)

Best Love Theme

“City of Lovers” (Casino Royale)

GoldSpirit for a Legend

Bruce Broughton and John Scott

VII EDITION (2007)

Best Score

Ratatouille (Michael Giacchino)

Best Composer

Michael Giacchino

Best Spanish Score

Las trece rosas (Roque Baños)

 

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños

Breakthrough Composer

Fernando Velázquez

Best Horror/Thriller Score

I Am Legend (James Newton Howard)

Best Drama Score

Atonement (Dario Marianelli)

Best Action/Adventure Score

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Hans Zimmer)

Best Comedy Score

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (Alexandre Desplat and Aaron Zigman)

Best Animation Score

Ratatouille (Michael Giacchino)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

The Golden Compass (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Score for TV

Lost. Season 3 (Michael Giacchino)

Best Score for a Videogame

Lair (John Debney)

More Dissapointing Score

There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)

Best Label

Intrada

Best Unreleased Score

Lair (John Debney)

Best Release of a classic score

Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)

Best Song Album

Sweeney Todd (Stephen Sondheim)

Best Original Song

“Le Festin” (Ratatouille)

Best Theme

“Up is Down” (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End)

Best Horror Theme

“Darkseeker Dogs” (I Am Legend)

Best Drama Theme

“I Am Legend – Epilogue” (I Am Legend)

Best Action Theme

“Beowulf Slays the Beast” (Beowulf)

Best Comedy Theme

“End Creditouilles” (Ratatouille)

Best Epic Theme

“Beowulf Main Title” (Beowulf)

Best Love Theme

“Love Letters” (Atonement)

Basil Poledouris Award for a Legend

Patrick Doyle

VIII EDITION (2008)

Best Score

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Composer

Alexandre Desplat

Best European Score

Un homme et son chien (Philippe Rombi)

Best European Composer

Alexandre Desplat

Best Spanish Score

La conjura de El Escorial (Alejandro Vivas)

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños

Breakthrough Composer

Sergio de la Puente

Best Horro/Thriller Score

Los crímenes de Oxford (Roque Baños)

Best Drama Score

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Action/Adventure Score

The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer y James Newton Howard)

Best Comedy Score

Sexykiller (Fernando Velázquez)

Best Animation Score

WALL•E (Thomas Newman)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Harry Gregson-Williams)

Best Score for TV

Lost. Season 4 (Michael Giacchino)

Best Score for a Videogame

Afrika (Wataru Hokoyama)

Best Unreleased Score

Australia (David Hirchsfelder)

More Dissapointing Score

Slumdog Millionaire (A.R. Rahman)

Best Label

Varese Sarabande

Best Release of a classic score

Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection (John Williams)

Best Song Album

Mamma Mia!

Best Original Song

“Down to Earth” (WALL·E)

Best Theme

“Roar!” (Cloverfield)

Best Horror Theme

“Roar!” (Cloverfield)

Best Drama Theme

“They’ll Remember You” (Valkyrie)

Best Action Theme

“Like a Dog Chasing Cars” (The Dark Knight)

Best Comedy Theme

“WALL•E” (WALL•E)

Best Epic Theme

“The Departure” (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Best Love Theme

“Benjamin and Daisy” (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Best Composer of the last 5 years

James Newton Howard

Best Score of the last 5 years

The Village (James Newton Howard)

Basil Poledouris Award for a Legend

Colette Delerue

IX EDITION (2009)

Best Score

Up (Michael Giacchino)

Best Composer

Michael Giacchino

Best European Score

Creation (Christopher Young)

Best European Composer

Alexandre Desplat

Best Spanish Score

Ágora (Dario Marianelli)

Best Spanish Composer

Roque Baños

Breakthrough Composer

James Peterson

Best Horror/Thriller Score

Drag Me to Hell (Christopher Young)

Best Drama Score

Creation (Christopher Young)

Best Action/Adventure Score

Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)

Best Comedy Score

The Informant! (Marvin Hamlisch)

Best Animation Score

Up (Michael Giacchino)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

Star Trek (Michael Giacchino)

Best Score for TV

Lost. Season 5 (Michael Giacchino)

Best Score for a Videogame

Assassins Creed II (Jesper Kyd)

Best Website

Úbeda Digital

Best Label

Varèse Sarabande

Best Realease of a classic score

Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)

Best Original Song

“I See You” (Avatar)

Best Theme

“Married Life” (Up)

Basil Poledouris Award for a Legend

Dave Grusin

X EDITION (2010)

Best Score

How to Train Tour Dragon (John Powell)

Best Composer

John Powell

Best European Score

The Ghost Writer (Alexandre Desplat)

Best European Composer

Alexandre Desplat

Best Spanish Score

La Herencia Valdemar (Arnau Bataller)

Best Spanish Composer

Fernando Velázquez

Breakthrough Composer

Arnau Bataller

Best Horror/Thriller Score

La herencia Valdemar (Arnau Bataller)

Best Drama Score

The Ghost Writer (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Action/Adventure Score

Iron Man 2 (John Debney)

Best Comedy Score

Leap Year (Randy Edelman)

Best Animation Score

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Score

Inception (Hans Zimmer)

Best Label

La-La Land

Best Release/Re-recording of a classic score

Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris)

Best Original Song

“Alice” (Alice in Wonderland)

Best Theme

“Honor” (The Pacific)

XI EDITION (2011)

To be announced.