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The Sammy Film Music Awards

The longest running awards devoted exclusively to film music on CDs or other formats.

 

 





The Sammy Film Music Awards (formerly called "The Sammys")
are named in honor of the movie lyricist, Sammy Cahn (1913-1993),
and have no connection to any other awards (BAFTA, Golden Globes, Oscars).

They are based mainly on the overall quality of the soundtrack or compilation release. 

How the music is used in the film is also considered. 

Every year since 1988 they have been announced for the best (and sometimes also the most overrated) film music.

The focus is on vintage film scores worth preserving but new film scores and songs are also included.

You can help support the Sammy Film Music Awards and receive a CD as a gift -- click here


These awards are chosen each year
by Roger Hall,
a member of the International Film Music Critics Association,
author of the book with music and video bonus features, A Guide to Film Music,
and Managing Editor of the long-running online magazine,
Film Music Review

 

 

 

The 28th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards
have been announced!

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Words by Sammy Cahn

CD: It's Magic - 100th Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn

CD: Oscar Meets Sammy - Film Music Awards On Radio

Sammy Cahn and His Four Oscars

Highest Number of Sammy Awards

List of Previous Sammy Awards

Best Album Producers

Lifetime Achievement Awards

International Film Music Critics Association Awards

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Words By Sammy Cahn

Many of Sammy's popular movie songs are included in this excellent collection --

The New Sammy Cahn Songbook

Read Sammy's frank and witty autobiography --

I Should Care: The Sammy Cahn Story

I Should Care: The Sammy Cahn Story

 

A Gala 100th birthday CD of Sammy Cahn's songs,
recorded live in concert by the American Classics
ensemble of singers with jazz combo accompaniment

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See also

Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute

 

 

 

 

 

Please Help Support The Sammy Film Music Awards!

 

 

 

Now available is a special CD featuring Oscar (Academy Awards) and Sammy Award-winning film music.

This CD features SAMFMA Director, Roger Hall, as a guest on several radio programs in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and also on his own radio prgram, "In The Mood."

This CD features music by Max Steiner (THE INFORMER), Bernard Herrmann (THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER), Franz Waxman (A PLACE IN THE SUN), John Barry (DANCES WITH WOLVES), and John Williams (THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, SCHINDLER'S LIST).

There is also a lively interview with Oscar-winning lyricist, Sammy Cahn, speaking about his movie songs.

To receive the special non-commercial CD, Oscar Meets Sammy: Film Music Awards On Radio,
make a donation of $20 or more in the USA or $25 or more in other countries to help support the Sammy Awards.

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Sammy Cahn and His Four Oscars

 

 

Sammy Cahn was Oscar nominated more than any other songwriter –
26 times in all between 1942 and 1973. He has also won 4 Oscars and 1 Emmy, more than any other songwriter of his generation.  

The first Sammy Awards were chosen for best score and song of 1988 – the year of Sammy Cahn’s 75th birthday.  When he was notified, Sammy said he was “flattered and honored" to have them named after him. He certainly deserved the honor.

Sammy received 4 Oscars for his lyrics:

 

  • "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954) from
    THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN -- music by Jule Styne
  • "All The Way" from THE JOKER IS WILD (1957) --
    music by James Van Heusen
  • "High Hopes" from A HOLE IN THE HEAD (1959) --
    music by James Van Heusen
  • "Call Me Irresponsible" from PAPA'S DELICATE CONDITION (1963) -- music by James Van Heusen
 

Sammy also received an Emmy for the song, "Love and Marriage" from the TV production of OUR TOWN.

All five of these songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, a longtime friend and admirer of Sammy's lyrics.

 

Highest Number of Sammy Film Music Awards

John Williams (13 Sammy Film Music Awards)

2015: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
2014: EMPIRE OF THE SUN (expanded edition)
2011: WAR HORSE
2005: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
2004: THE TERMINAL
2001: A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
1998: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
1997: SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
1995: "Moonligt" (lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman) - from SABRINA
1993: SCHINDLER'S LIST
1990: "Somewhere In My Memory" (lyrics by Leslie Bricusse) from HOME ALONE
1989: BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
1988: THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

See also: John Williams: A Birthday Tribute

 

 

 

 

The Sammy Film Music Awards

See the complete list (1988-2015)

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Best Album Producers

 


James Fitzpatrick
8 Sammy Awards = 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (2 awards), 2012, 2013
, 2015


Anna Bonn, John Morgan, William Stromberg
5 Sammy Awards = 2007, 2008, 2010 (2 awards), 2012

 

 

Douglass Fake
5 Sammy Awards = 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 (2 awards)


Lukas Kendall
4 Sammy Awards = 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012

 


 


Robert Townson

4 Sammy Awards = 2008, 2011, 2012
, 2014

 



Nick Redman
2 Sammy Awards = 2012

 

 

 

 



Lifetime Achievement Awards

For past film composers and songwriters

 

 

 

2015 - Paul Francis Webster, lyricist

 

 

 

2014 - Roy Webb, composer

 

 

2013 - Jerome Moross, composer

 

 

2012 - David Raksin, composer

 

 

2011 - John Barry, composer

 

 

2010 - Aaron Copland, composer

 

2009 - Ken Darby, songwriter and arranger

 

 

2008 - Jerrold (Jerry) Goldsmith. composer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 - Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, songwriters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2006 - Elmer Bernstein, composer

 

More about past film composers
are found in
A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC

 

 

 

The Sammy Film Music Awards

See the complete list

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The Sammy Film Music Awards have been mentioned at these websites:

Cinema Retro

Classic Movies (March 17, 2006)

Elmer Bernstein - The Official Site

Film Score Monthly

Film Score Click track

IMDb

John Williams Fan Network

Mark McKenzie

Tribute Film Classics

Wikipedia (Sammy Cahn)

 


 

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