John Williams dominated with his five wins. He was named Film Composer of the year for his work on both Steven Spielberg films, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn and War Horse. His score for War Horse won Film Score of the Year, Best Original Score for a Drama Film and Film Music Composition of the Year ("The Homecoming") while The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn won for Best Original Score for an Animated Feature. He had led the field with seven nominations.
Michael Giacchino won for another Steven Spielberg film. The Spielberg-produced Super 8 by J.J. Abrams won for Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film.
The Artist composer Ludovic Bource was the winner at the Golden Globes and is considered the frontrunner at the Academy Awards. His only win was for Breakout Composer of the Year.
Cliff Martinez won for Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film with his score for Drive. He was a controversial exclusion from the Oscar nominations because his score contained too much pre-existing music to even qualify as one of the eligible scores under their regulations.
The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) is an association of online, print and radio journalists who specialize in writing about original film and television music.
Complete nominations for the 8th Annual IFMCA Awards
Complete winners for the 8th Annual International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards
Film Score of the Year
War Horse (John Williams)
Film Composer of the Year
Breakout Composer of the Year
Best Original Score for a Drama Film
War Horse (John Williams)
Best Original Score for a Comedy Film
The Rum Diary (Christopher Young)
Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
Drive (Cliff Martinez)
Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film
Super 8 (Michael Giacchino)
Best Original Score for an Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin (John Williams)
Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature
The Wind Gods (Pinar Toprak)
Film Music Composition of the Year
"The Homecoming" from War Horse (John Williams)
Best Original Score for a Television Series
Ermessenda, Arnau Bataller
Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Joe Hisaishi
Best Archival Release of an Existing Score
The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, Danny Elfman; album produced by Danny Elfman and Tim Burton; liner notes by Jeff Bond and Danny Elfman; album art direction by Matt Taylor (Warner Bros Records)
Best Archival Re-recording of an Existing Score
The Battle of Neretva/The Naked and the Dead, Bernard Herrmann; conducted by William Stromberg; album produced by William Stromberg, John Morgan and Anna Bonn; liner notes by Jim Doherty and Kevin Scott; album art direction by Jim Titus (Tribute Film Classics)
Film Music Record Label of the Year
A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project