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Music Supervisors Guild Awards: 'Soul,' 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' 'Promising Young Woman' Among Film Winners


Stevie Wonder honored Quincy Jones at the virtual event, where founding president Maureen Crowe was also recognized.

Soul, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Promising Young Woman and The Cuban were among the film winners at the 2021 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.

The Trial of the Chicago 7's "Hear My Voice" won best song written and/or recorded for a film at the virtual event on Sunday night celebrating achievement in music supervision in film, TV, games, advertising and trailers.

Soul is the only one of the films nominated for best music supervision up for best original score at the 2021 Oscars, while "Hear My Voice" is the only song written and/or recorded for a film that's nominated for the Oscar for best original song.

Celeste, who performs and co-wrote the song with Daniel Pemberton, performed twice during the ceremony.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday's Andra Day opened the show with a performance of her original song "Tigress & Tweed." While the film wasn't nominated for an award by the Music Supervisors Guild, Day is up for the best actress Oscar for her role as Holiday.

Angelica Garcia and Darius de Haas also performed during the ceremony.

Judas and the Black Messiah won best music supervision in a trailer.

On the TV side, Watchmen won two awards: best music supervision, TV drama and best song written and/or recorded for TV for "The Way It Used to Be." Songwriters Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are nominated for two best score Oscars for their work on Soul and Mank.

In the TV comedy or musical category there was a three-way tie with High Fidelity, Insecure and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel all winning.

Documentary winners were Crip Camp and The Last Dance.

The Last Dance's Rudy Chung took advantage of his time at the microphone to speak out on behalf of his female Asian American and AAPI colleagues in the industry amid recent, troubling incidents of anti-Asian violence.

"What we saw in the awful shootings in Atlanta last month are in some ways the culmination of the racist misogyny that Asian-American women have been experiencing for generations," Chung said. "The Asian American women I know are not submissive objects to be fetishized and are certainly not the scapegoat for any white man's hate crime. They are some of the strongest, talented and successful colleagues in our industry and more importantly they are each their own individual and need to be respected as such. Let's raise them up and support them and not remain silent."

Stevie Wonder honored Quincy Jones with the Icon Award, and Kenny Ortega recognized founding president Maureen Crowe with the Legacy Award.

Wonder recalled meeting Jones when he was 14 years old at The Apollo, saying they've been friends since then. "I respect you. I cherish our friendship, your heart, your commitment to doing great music, not just producing it but writing it," Wonder said before singing "I love you, Quincy / We're friends for life."

Jones said he was so honored by the award, "I can't even tell you," he said. "One of the things I'm most grateful for in life, after my children, is I was blessed to find my life's passion: music. That journey has taken me around the world."

Presetters included Debbie Allen, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Connie Britton, Michael Chiklis, Jacob Collier, Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston, Clive Davis, Billie Eilish, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony Hawk, Marin Hinkle, Regina King, Savan Kotecha, Jay Landers, John Legend, Michael Levine, Michael McDonald, Neil Meron, Rickey Minor, Eva Noblezada, Finneas O'Connell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Kenny Ortega, Dean Pitchford, Lionel Richie, Tony Shalhoub, Robin Thicke, Diane Warren and Paul Williams.

A complete list of this year's winners follows.


Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Over $25 Million

Tom MacDougall - Soul (WINNER)

Jonathan Leahy - Bill & Ted Face The Music

Becky Bentham – Eurovision

Julia Michels - Jingle Jangle

Angela Leus (uncredited) - Trolls World Tour

Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Under $25 Million

Dawn Sutter Madell - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (WINNER)

Season Kent - Happiest Season

Linda Cohen - The High Note

Dan Wilcox - I’m Your Woman

Kevin Edelman - I Still Believe

Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Under $10 Million

Susan Jacobs - Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

Tracy McKnight - The Half Of It

Liz Gallacher - Military Wives

Robin Urdang - Palm Springs

Best Music Supervision for Film Budgeted Under $5 Million

Dondrea Erauw, Michael Perlmutter - The Cuban (WINNER)

Jessica Moore - Babyteeth

Greg Danylyshyn - Burden

Joe Rodríguez & Javier Nuño - I’m No Longer Here (Ya No Estoy Aquí)

Adèle Ho, Graham Kurzner - Yellow Rose

Best Song Written and/or Recorded for a Film

“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of Chicago 7 (WINNER)

Writer: Celeste Waite, Daniel Pemberton

Performed By: Celeste

Music Supervisor: Peter Afterman, Alison Litton

“Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy

Writer: George “George 2.0” A. Peters II, Janelle “Django Jane” Monáe, Nathaniel Irvin III

Performed By: Janelle Monáe

Music Supervisor: Andrew Gross

“Love Myself” from The High Note

Writer: Greg Kurstin, Sarah Aarons

Performed By: Tracee Ellis Ross

Music Supervisor: Linda Cohen

“Make It Work” from Jingle Jangle

Writer: John Stephens

Performed By: Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose

Music Supervisor: Julia Micheals

“Carried Me with You” from Onward

Writer: Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth

Performed By: Brandi Carlile

Music Supervisor: Tom MacDougall


Best Music Supervision - Television Comedy or Musical

Manish Raval, Alison Rosenfeld, Tom Wolfe – High Fidelity – Season 1 (WINNER-TIE)

Kier Lehman – Insecure – Season 4 (WINNER-TIE)

Robin Urdang – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 3 (WINNER-TIE)

Andrea von Foerster – Daybreak – Season 1

Matt Biffa – Sex Education – Season 2

Best Music Supervision - Reality Television

Meryl Ginsberg – The Masked Singer – Season 3 (WINNER)

Robin Kaye, Ashley Viergever – American Idol – Season 4

Cathy Duncan – America’s Most Musical Family – Season 1

Matthew Hearon-Smith – Legendary – Season 1

Best Music Supervision - Television Drama

Liza Richardson – Watchmen – Season 1 (WINNER)

Ashley Neumeister – American Soul – Season 2

Thomas Golubić – Better Call Saul – Season 5

Amanda Krieg Thomas, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy – Hollywood – Season 1

Sarah Bromberg, Stephanie Diaz-Matos – P-Valley – Season 1

Best Music Supervision - Television Movie

Warren Fischer, Laura Webb, Lindsay Wolfington – To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (WINNER)

Mandi Collier, Frankie Pine – Patsy & Loretta

Liz Gallacher – The Sleepover

Marius de Vries – Stargirl

Best Song Written and/or Recorded for Television

Title: “The Way It Used to Be” (WINNER)

Songwriters: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Artists: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Program: Watchmen

Episode: #106 “This Extraordinary Being”

Music Supervisor: Liza Richardson

Title: “Build It Up”

Songwriter: Ingrid Michaelson

Artist: Ingrid Michaelson

Program: Little Fires Everywhere

Episode: #108 “Find a Way”

Music Supervisor: Mary Ramos

Title: “Memorized”

Songwriters: Taylor Goldsmith, Siddhartha Khosla

Artist: Blake Stadnik

Program: This Is Us

Episode: #401 “Strangers”

Music Supervisors: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe

Title: “One Less Angel”

Songwriters: Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore

Artist: Darius de Haas

Program: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Episode: #301 “Strike Up the Band”

Music Supervisor: Robin Urdang

Title: “The Whole of the Moon”

Songwriter: Michael Scott

Artist: Fiona Apple

Program: The Affair

Episode: #511

Music Supervisor: Michael Hill


Best Music Supervision for a Documentary

Aminé Ramer - Crip Camp (WINNER)

Liz Gallacher - Belushi

Ian Neil - Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan

Chris Robertson - Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President

Ed Gerrard - Mr. Soul!

Best Music Supervision in a Docuseries

Rudy Chung - The Last Dance (WINNER)

Jon Ernst - Cheer

Willa Yudell - Helter Skelter: An American Myth

Dan Wilcox - Street Food: Latin America


Best Music Supervision in a Trailer

Mike Lynn - Judas And The Black Messiah (WINNER)

Brian Murphy - Jungleland

Gregory Sweeney - Land

Chase Casanova - Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Mike Lynn - Pieces of A Woman

Best Music Supervision in Advertising (Synch)

Andy Hamm - Apple "A Journey Into The Valley Of Fire - Shot on iPhone" (WINNER)

David Lapinsky - Procter & Gamble "The Choice"

Mike Ladman - New York Times "Life Needs Truth"

Mike Ladman - Facebook "Never Lost"

Andrew Kahn, Morgan Thoryk - Zillow "The Real Value of Home"

Best Music Supervision in Advertising (Original Music)

Mike Ladman - Hennessy "Maurice And The Black Bear School" (WINNER)

Rebecca Grierson - JaxJox "The All-In-One Interactive Studio"

Andrew Kahn, Morgan Thoryk - Xfinity Mobile "Go Your Own Way"

Jessie Kalikow - Apple - "The Magic Of Mini feat. Tierra Whack"

Jonathan Wellbelove - Apple iPhone 12 Pro - "Make Movies Like The Movies"


Best Music Supervision in a Video Game

Eric Kalver - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 (WINNER)

Karyn Rachtman - BEYOND BLUE

Eric Craig - Cyberpunk 2077

Cybele Pettus - FIFA 21

Mary Ramos - Wasteland 3


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