Germaine Franco is celebrating a special recognition…
The Latina composer’s Oscar-nominated score for Encanto won outstanding original score for a studio film at the third annual SCL Awards, which are presented by the Society of Composers & Lyricists this week at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Franco’s score was competing with three other Academy Award-nominated scores — Nicholas Britell’s Don’t Look Up, Hans Zimmer’s Dune, and Jonny Greenwood’s The Power of the Dog.
Franco, the first woman to score a Disney animated feature film, is vying to become the first Latina to win an Oscar for best original score.
Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi, also has reason to smile.
The 38-year-old half-Mexican American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer won outstanding original song for a musical/comedy alongside Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande and Taura Stinson.
Kid Cudi and the gang won for penning “Just Look Up” from the Netflix film Don’t Look Up.
Meanwhile Cristabel Tapia de Veer took home the outstanding original score for television.
The Chilean-born Canadian film and television score composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist won for his work on AppleTV’s The White Lotus.
The awards were presented about five weeks later than originally planned. They were set to be presented on February 1, but the show was postponed in early January due to the spread of the Omicron variant. With the postponement, the show lost its original host, Emmy winner Darren Criss. Aloe Blacc hosted in his place.
Awards were presented across seven categories for music in visual media (film, TV, streaming, interactive).
The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) is the primary organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists. The organization is focused on education and addressing the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy issues affecting the music for visual media community.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Outstanding original score for a studio film:
Germaine Franco, Encanto, Walt Disney Pictures
Outstanding original score for an independent film:
Daniel Hart, The Green Knight, A24
Outstanding original song for a musical/comedy:
Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Taura Stinson, “Just Look Up,” Don’t Look Up, Netflix
Outstanding original song for a drama/documentary
Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, “No Time to Die,” No Time to Die, MGM/United Artists
Outstanding original score for television:
Cristabel Tapia de Veer, The White Lotus, Apple
Outstanding original score for interactive media:
Hildur Guđnadóttir & Sam Slater, Battlefield 2042, Digital Illusions CE, Electronic Arts
David Raksin award:
Stephanie Economou, Jupiter’s Legacy, Netflix
Spirit of collaboration award:
Recipients: composer Carter Burwell and filmmakers Joel Coen & Ethan Coen