'Homeland,' 'Theory of Everything' Composers Win ASCAP Honors

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ASCAP honored the top film and TV composers at a ceremony on Monday.

Composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sean Callery and Austin Wintory were honored by their peers Monday at ASCAP's 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards.

The three received the PRO's Composers' Choice Awards, chosen by its writer members through an online voting process, at ceremonies honoring the composers behind the top films at the box office, the most-performed television music and the top video game music of 2014.

Jóhannsson was honored for his score to The Theory of Everything; Callery, whose 2014 work included Bones, Elementary and Homeland, was named TV Composer of the Year; and Wintory received the first-ever Video Game Score of the Year for The Banner Saga.

ASCAP also honored one of its own: Nancy Knutsen, a 27-year veteran of ASCAP's Film & Television Music Department and former senior vp. Composer John Williams, who worked with Knutsen in Boston in the late 1970s while he was working on the Star Wars trilogy, presented the award, calling her "my favorite little Ewok."

Elliot Goldenthal received the ASCAP Founders Award from four-time Oscar-nominated director Michael Mann, his collaborator on Heat and Public Enemies.

Deborah Lurie received the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award, an award established last year to honor composers who have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. Paramount Music president Randy Spendlove and director Joe Nussbaum presented the award to Lurie. "We need more aspiring women composers," Lurie said in a speech long on praise for ASCAP and Spendlove. "It's a great idea and not a political idea."

To entertain the group, Shawn Patterson performed his "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie with vocalist Sammy Allen. The songwriting team of Dave Kushner, Curtis Stigers and Bob Thiele performed their theme to Sons of Anarchy.

A version of this article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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