What Went Down at Moët and Chandon’s Film Composer Awards

A night dedicated to TV's and film's most outstanding musical virtuosos


For the fourth time, Moët & Chandon teamed up with the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) to honour TV’s and film’s most outstanding musical virtuosos at their Grand Scores awards. Within the context of a glamorous award ceremony featuring performances by British pop singer Anne-Marie and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, five composers were awarded for their film and series scores.

This year, two directors won the category Best Orchestral Score: Clint Mansell, who composed for movies such as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, was awarded for the dystopian art-house blockbuster The High Rise, while Norwegian composer Gaute Storaas received a prize for En Man Som Heter Ove, a dark comedy about an old man whose suicidal attempts are constantly disturbed by his boisterous new neighbours.

Best Electro-Acoustic Score went to Sophia Ersson for the Swedish movie Pojkarna (Girls Lost) that challenges the societal construction of gender by telling the story of three young girls magically experiencing the world through the eyes of men, and Victor Reyes’ work for the British thriller series The Night Manager won Best Original Music for a Series. Lastly, Argentinian pianist and composer Lalo Schifrin was awarded for the outstanding contributions he made to European Cinema by the international jury consisting of film composers.

Keep scrolling to find out what went down at the ceremony and the following after party held at Umspannwerk Berlin.

Janina Uhse and Dieter Bach
Victor Reyes, Sophia Ersson and Dennis Dreith
Janin Ullmann
Riccardo Simonetti
André Hamann and his band Faelan
Dennenesch Zoude
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