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Emmys: Dramatic Scores Set Tones and Enhance Stories Across Genre Series

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The 2018 Emmy nominees for music composition for a series, original dramatic score, could hardly be more diverse: the grim cliffhanger episode of a popular cable serial; a small-combo score for a Marvel Comics heroine; the series finale of a fantasy based on Disney characters; an internationally flavored episode of a freshman broadcast series; an animated “Star Wars” spinoff; and Eastern colors for a cable series that imagines a world of sword-wielding warriors. What they all have in common, though, is how they enhanced complicated tales with emotional melodies.

Game of Thrones

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Composer Ramin Djawadi received two nominations this year, his fifth and sixth noms since 2006. One was for “The Dragon and the Wolf,” the seventh-season finale for the HBO juggernaut, which included musical payoffs for themes hinted at earlier in the season: a love theme for Jon and Daenerys, and a horrifying march for the Army of the Dead.
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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms
The World Soundtrack Academy has released early nominees for the 2018 World Soundtrack Awards, celebrating 2017-18 films and series for their musical soundtracks and scores.

Contenders include award veterans John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, and Carter Burwell in the film composer of the year category, recognizing a large body of film scores from Williams’ “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to Desplat’s “The Shape of Water,” which also took home the 2018 original score Oscar.

Among the TV composers nominated are Ramin Djawadi, composer for “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” Adam Taylor, composer for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer for “The Crown” and “The Alienist.”

Meanwhile, in the original song written for a film race, Kendrick Lamar and the “Black Panther” team scored a nod for the superhero blockbuster’s title track, 2018 Oscar winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez received a nomination for “Remember Me” from “Coco,” while “The Greatest Showman
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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms

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‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Star Wars,’ Kendrick Lamar Nab World Soundtrack Awards Noms
The World Soundtrack Academy has released early nominees for the 2018 World Soundtrack Awards, celebrating 2017-18 films and series for their musical soundtracks and scores.

Contenders include award veterans John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, and Carter Burwell in the film composer of the year category, recognizing a large body of film scores from Williams’ “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to Desplat’s “The Shape of Water,” which also took home the 2018 original score Oscar.

Among the TV composers nominated are Ramin Djawadi, composer for “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” Adam Taylor, composer for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Rupert Gregson-Williams, composer for “The Crown” and “The Alienist.”

Meanwhile, in the original song written for a film race, Kendrick Lamar and the “Black Panther” team scored a nod for the superhero blockbuster’s title track, 2018 Oscar winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez received a nomination for “Remember Me” from “Coco,” while “The Greatest Showman
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Will Emmy for Best Music Composition go to ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘Star Wars Rebels’ or ‘Seal Team’?

Will Emmy for Best Music Composition go to ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘Star Wars Rebels’ or ‘Seal Team’?
The 2018 Emmy for Best Music Composition for a Series could realistically go to any of the six shows nominated. This year’s category, equivalent to Best Original Score at the Oscars, includes the following nominees: “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Netflix), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Seal Team” (CBS), “Star Wars Rebels” (Disney Xd) and “Westworld” (HBO).

Ramin Djawadi has the honor of being one of few composers in Emmy history to earn two nominations in this category in the same year, for “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” Other nominees this year include past Emmy champs like Sean Callery, Mark Isham and W.G. Snuffy Walden.

SEEBest Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Godless,’ ‘The Defenders,’ ‘The Tick,’ ‘Putin Interviews,’ ‘Last Tycoon’ or ‘Somebody Feed Phil’?

So which Emmy-nominated composer will prevail? Let’s take a look at all six of this year’s nominated Music Composition submissions.
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Will Emmy for Best Music Supervision go to ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘This Is Us’ or ‘Westworld’?

Will Emmy for Best Music Supervision go to ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘This Is Us’ or ‘Westworld’?
The Music Supervision category at the 2018 Emmys is now one year old, with “Big Little Lies” winning the inaugural trophy last year. Now in its second year of existence, Best Music Supervision honors the best in television soundtracks. It is the music supervisor’s job to attain the rights to licensed songs and generally oversee the usage of music in a series. This year’s nominees include “Atlanta,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld.”

See Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Godless,’ ‘The Defenders,’ ‘The Tick,’ ‘Putin Interviews,’ ‘Last Tycoon’ or ‘Somebody Feed Phil’?

Stranger Things” is the only show to repeat from last year, but its fellow nominees includes four other shows that the Emmys really love, so this could be one of the most competitive categories on Emmy night. Which series will win the Emmy for Best Music Supervision? Let
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Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are in the market for Egot with ‘In the Market for a Miracle’ from ‘A Christmas Story’

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are in the market for Egot with ‘In the Market for a Miracle’ from ‘A Christmas Story’
Among this year’s Emmy nominees for Best Music and Lyrics are Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They’re in the running for their song “In the Market for a Miracle,” which was written for Fox’s telecast of “A Christmas Story Live!” last December. Back in 2012 the stage musical adaptation of the 1983 holiday classic marked the pair’s Broadway debut and earned both of them their very first Tony nomination the following year. Just six years later the Emmy is all the songwriting duo needs to complete their Egot grand slam of showbiz awards.

Pasek and Paul’s journey towards Egot officially began on February 26, 2017, when they won the Oscar for Best Original Song along with Justin Hurwitz for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” They even came close to repeating earlier this year when they were nominated again for “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” but
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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8

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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8
Over the last seven years, it's become clear that the Game of Thrones theme song is on track to become as iconic as John Williams's highly recognizable themes for Star Wars or Jurassic Park. It's not uncommon to be walking through a grocery store when all of a sudden someone's ringtone blasts the sounds of Westeros through the aisles, or you find yourself absentmindedly humming the opening notes as you drive along the highway. In fact, it's in exactly the latter scenario where composer Ramin Djawadi - who has worked on everything from shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld to blockbusters like A Wrinkle in Time - first came up with the song, a theme that will play for the last six times when Got airs its eighth and final season next year.

But in the meantime, the German-Iranian musician is keeping busy. The score for the HBO series
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'Westworld' and 'Game of Thrones' Composer on Creating Haunting Scores: "It Comes in the Form of Colors"

'Westworld' and 'Game of Thrones' Composer on Creating Haunting Scores:
Ramin Djawadi has been composing film and television scores for more than a decade, with a résumé that includes everything from movies like Iron Man and A Wrinkle in Time to such shows as Westworld and Game of Thrones. However, now that he's earned two of the nominations in his category (music composition for a series) for his work on those HBO dramas, is he not only the most nominated composer this year but also the greediest?

"Nobody has said that about me yet!" the 44-year-old native of Germany says with a hearty laugh. "But I guess I can ...
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Ramin Djawadi Watches Game of Thrones Before Anyone Else - Here's What He Thinks About Season 8

Over the last seven years, it's become clear that the Game of Thrones theme song is on track to become as iconic as John Williams's highly recognizable themes for Star Wars or Jurassic Park. It's not uncommon to be walking through a grocery store when all of a sudden someone's ringtone blasts the sounds of Westeros through the aisles, or you find yourself absentmindedly humming the opening notes as you drive along the highway. In fact, it's in exactly the latter scenario where composer Ramin Djawadi - who has worked on everything from shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld to blockbusters like A Wrinkle in Time - first came up with the song, a theme that will play for the last six times when Got airs its eighth and final season next year.

But in the meantime, the German-Iranian musician is keeping busy. The score for the HBO series
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Can music composer Ramin Djawadi finally win his first Emmy for ‘Game of Thrones’?

Can music composer Ramin Djawadi finally win his first Emmy for ‘Game of Thrones’?
At this year’s Emmys Ramin Djawadi is nominated twice for Best Music Composition for a Series, once for the “Game of Thrones” episode “The Dragon and the Wolf” and once for the “Westworld” episode “Akane No Mai.” The composer has now been nominated a total of six times, following prior bids for “Westworld” (main title theme in 2017), “Game of Thrones” (music composition in 2014), “FlashForward” (music composition in 2010) and “Prison Break” (main title theme in 2006), but he has yet to take home the big prize. Will this finally be his year?

Djawadi is up against Sean Callery (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), Mark Isham, Cindy O’Connor and Michael Simon (“Once Upon a Time”), W.G. Snuffy Walden and A. Patrick Rose (“Seal Team”) and Kevin Kiner (“Star Wars Rebels”). According to our predictions, Djawadi is in first place for “Game of Thrones” with odds of 1/4 and in second place for “Westworld
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Emmys: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’ Face Off in Crafts Categories — Screen Talk Emmy Edition

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Emmys: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Westworld’ Face Off in Crafts Categories — Screen Talk Emmy Edition
Game of Thrones” is back — and ready for a crafts showdown with fellow HBO series “Westworld.” Both series are well-represented at the 2018 Primetime Emmys, particularly in the below-the-line categories. But because “Thrones” sat last year out, this will be the first time the shows go head-to-head.

“Thrones” leads this year’s Emmy nomination tally, with 22, but “Westworld” is close behind with 21, along with “Saturday Night Live.” Behind that is Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” (20) and FX’s “The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” The secret to so many nominations, of course, is being well-represented in multiple above- and below-the-line fields.

Among the crafts noms for “Thrones”: Casting For A Drama Series, Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes, Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series, Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score), Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More), Prosthetic Makeup For A Series,
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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs

  • Variety
Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs
This year’s Emmy race in the music categories takes on greater interest because a win in the song category could instantly give songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul an Egot, having already won Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.

Pasek and Paul — whose “La La Land,” “Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen” songs have catapulted them into the front ranks of American songwriters in the past two years — are nominated for their new song, “In the Market for a Miracle,” written for Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live,” an adaptation of their 2012 stage musical.

They are just two of 28 first-time nominees in the six music categories, announced Thursday morning by the Television Academy for 2017-18 programs. Nearly 60 percent of all the music nominees are newcomers to the Emmy race. Ironically, several musicians were nominated for non-music categories: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), John Legend and Sara Bareilles all received acting nods — and
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Let's All Give Westworld's Season 2 Soundtrack a Round of Applause

Let's All Give Westworld's Season 2 Soundtrack a Round of Applause
Regardless of whether or not you ever figured out what the f*ck was going on on Westworld the last few episodes, hopefully we can all agree on one thing: season two's music has been top notch. The show's composer, Ramin Djawadi - who is currently embarking on a Game of Thrones Live Concert Tour, if you were wondering why his music sounds so familiar - has been serving up some pretty incredible orchestral covers of popular songs like Kanye West's "Runaway" and The White Stripes's "Seven Nation Army." Although we weren't totally sure if the show would ever surpass Maeve's walk upstairs set to Radiohead's "Motion Picture Soundtrack" in season one, the new episodes never failed to blow us away. Listen to every song featured in the second season ahead.

Related: Westworld's Finale Postcredit Scene Delivers a Shocking Twist About the Man in Black
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Let's All Give Westworld's Season 2 Soundtrack a Round of Applause

Regardless of whether or not you ever figured out what the f*ck was going on on Westworld the last few episodes, hopefully we can all agree on one thing: season two's music has been top notch. The show's composer, Ramin Djawadi - who is currently embarking on a Game of Thrones Live Concert Tour, if you were wondering why his music sounds so familiar - has been serving up some pretty incredible orchestral covers of popular songs like Kanye West's "Runaway" and The White Stripes's "Seven Nation Army." Although we weren't totally sure if the show would ever surpass Maeve's walk upstairs set to Radiohead's "Motion Picture Soundtrack" in season one, the new episodes never failed to blow us away. Listen to every song featured in the second season ahead.

Related: Westworld's Finale Postcredit Scene Delivers a Shocking Twist About the Man in Black
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Westworld Composer Breaks Down 3 of Season 2's Musical Highlights

Westworld Composer Breaks Down 3 of Season 2's Musical Highlights
“Doesn’t sound like anything to me.”

That’s what Westworld‘s hosts might say if they heard Ramin Djawadi’s soundtrack for the HBO series. But to fans, the sci-fi drama’s musical cues should sound awfully familiar.

Know for its haunting sounds and western flare, Djawadi’s score evokes a sense of mystery while balancing the Western and electric elements of the series — and then there are those covers. In Season 1, show composer Djawadi (shown at right, who also is in charge of the music for Game of Thrones) covered many famous tracks from various artists, giving them
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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Kiksuya’ Narrows the Show’s Focus For the Most Fascinating Episode of the Season

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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘Kiksuya’ Narrows the Show’s Focus For the Most Fascinating Episode of the Season
[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Westworld” Season 2, Episode 8, “Kiksuya.”]

Programming Update

Here’s yet another humble reminder that any speculation in this review is based solely on this episode, as this critic has seen no further than this week’s installment.

Diagnostic Report

“Kiksuya” puts the spotlight on someone whose name you might not have even known until now: Akecheta, played by Zahn McClarnon, the incredible “Fargo” Season 2 alumnus who has been a fringe player until now. As the presumed leader of the Ghost Nation tribe, he’s been a bit of a looming figure of terror.

Episode 8 barely touches on any of the main cast; instead, it follows Akecheta’s life as it began — a peaceful existence with his tribe and his love Kohana (Julie Jones) — and then what it becomes, as Ford’s programmers redesign him as the “strong but silent” type, tasked with rampaging through the Wild West. However, Akecheta remembers his
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'Westworld' Recap: Ghost Story

'Westworld' Recap: Ghost Story
If you want something done right, give it to actor Zahn McClarnon to do. That's the logical conclusion to draw coming out of this week's episode of Westworld, titled "Kiksuya" – and the series' best hour by a considerable margin. For once, the show's annoyances (easy escapes, constant pointless bickering, those damn orchestral alt-rock cover versions) aren't enough to overwhelm the material of real value. It took one of its most underutilized cast members, placed him at the center of a storyline that directly addressed the series' sci-fi conceit but combined
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Emilia Clarke Gets Candid About Game Of Thrones’ Biggest Love Scene

“He loved her…and she loved him.” *Cue a swell of Ramin Djawadi’s soothing score*

We are, of course, referring to the moment in Game of Thrones season 7 when Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen made love, oblivious to the fact that they’re actually descendants from the same family tree. Yeesh.

Thrones is no stranger to incestuous relationships, though Jon and Dany’s love scene took on a whole new meaning following their alliance in King’s Landing. So it’ll be fascinating to watch that power dynamic unfold come 2018.

But for all of the dramatic (and sexual!) tension bubbling on screen, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke couldn’t help but laugh at the whole situation, as the latter revealed during a Vanity Fair cover story.

If you’ve known someone for six years, and they’re best friends with your girlfriend, and you’re best friends with them,
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‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging

‘Westworld': Thandie Newton, Rinko Kikuchi on the ‘Fun’ of All That Shogun World Doppleganging
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead unless you’ve seen Sunday’s episode of “Westworld” Season 2, “Akane No Mai.”)

Did Sunday’s “Westworld” feel a little too familiar to you? Ok, so Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan’s hit HBO series may have cribbed a bit from itself for “Akane No Mai” — the fifth episode of Season 2 aka “the Shogun World one.” But the self-plagiarism was all in good fun, series regular Thandie Newton and guest star Rinko Kikuchi told TheWrap.

Tonight’s long-awaited dive into Delos Destinations’ Samurai-centric location delivered a plot that — thanks to the laziness of head story writer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) — was very similar to what we’ve seen in the titular theme park, beginning with a Geisha house robbery that’s almost a shot-for-shot remake of the Mariposa Saloon heist from Season 1.

Except this one focuses on a standoff between new host characters Akane (Kikuchi), the head Geisha,
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‘Game of Thrones’ will rule 2018 Emmys with the most nominations, say 59% of readers [Poll Results]

‘Game of Thrones’ will rule 2018 Emmys with the most nominations, say 59% of readers [Poll Results]
When we asked our readers to predict which TV show will receive the most nominations at the 2018 Emmys, the poll results weren’t even close. “Game of Thrones,” which is already the most rewarded series in primetime television history, will once again rule the Emmy noms, say 59% of readers. The first six seasons of HBO’s fantasy epic took home 38 Emmys, including Best Drama Series twice (2015-16), from a whopping 106 nominations. Rounding out the results of our poll, “Westworld” comes in second place with 11%, followed by “Stranger Things” at 10%, “The Handmaid’s Tale” at 8%, “This Is Us” at 7% and “The Crown” at 1%.

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and more

Last summer’s seventh season of “Game of Thrones” is eligible at the upcoming Emmys after taking a year off, so get ready to see familiar faces like Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey,
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