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The Sammy Film Music Awards

The longest-running awards devoted exclusively to film music recordings.

 

 

 

 

 

 





The Sammy Film Music Awards (SFMA)
are named in honor of the
movie lyricist, Sammy Cahn (1913-1993),
who received 4 Oscars and was nominated 26 times,
more than any other songwriter
.

These awards are based on the overall quality of the soundtrack and compilation releases. 
How the music is used in the film is also considered. 

Unlike other film awards, SFMA includes older film music re-recorded or re-issued
as well as new film scores and songs.

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These awards are chosen each year
by Roger Hall,
a member of the International Film Music Critics Association,
author of the popular book now in its 7th edition, "As Time Goes By" - A Guide to Film Music,
and Managing Editor of the long-running e-zine, Film Music Review

 

 

The 30th Annual Sammy Film Music Awards
have been announced including the Listener Choice Award

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Words by Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn and His Four Oscars

Highest Number of Sammy Awards

Previous Sammy Awards

Best Album Producers

Lifetime Achievement Awards

International Film Music Critics Association Awards

 

 

 

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Please Help Support

The Sammy Film Music Awards

on its 30th anniversary!

Order any of the following computer discs...

DVD: "Hooray For Hollywood" - Memorable Movie Music


This DVD, compiled and edited by Roger L. Hall, is playable on computer or compatible devices, and has over 100 files about memorable movie music. There is also a complete copy of the popular book, A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC - SONGS AND SCORES, plus over an hour of audio and video highlights:

Audio Highlights:

01 Oscar Meets Sammy - Film music highlights on "Music America" program on WGBH-FM radio.

02 Film songs and soudtracks -
includes Oscar winners and nominees, also an early televsion theme
by John Williams.


03 American composer, Aaron Copland, speaks about his film music from a telecast in the 1960s,
also Roger Hall interviews Aaron Copland in 1980 at his home about his film music.

Included on these audio albums are film music by John Barry, Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, John Williams, and songwriters like Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer and a lively radio interview with Oscar-winning lyricist, Sammy Cahn, speaking about his movie songs.


Video Features:



04 At The Library (local cable TV) - Roger Hall, speaking about film scores and songs,
with film clips of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and a scene with music by Bernard Herrmann.

05 Preview -- cable telvision program with guest, Roger Hall, speaking with Guy Giampapa
and Don LaTulippe about the film music of John Williams and Randy Newman, plus the Sammy Film Music Awards.



 

New 7th edition of this book on computer disc with audio and video files
See the description of -- "As Time Goes By": A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC

To receive either DVD --
"Hooray For Hollywood: Memorable Movie Music or
"As Time Goes By" - A Guide to Film Music
make a donation of $25 or more (U.S.A. address)/ $30 or more (Overseas Air Mail).

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Also available...


A Gala 100th birthday CD featuring many of Sammy Cahn's film songs,
including all four os his Oscar-winning songs,
recorded live in concert by the American Classics,
hosted by popular Boston radio persoanlity, Ron Della Chiesa,
with an ensemble of professional cabaret singers
and jazz combo accompaniment!

Read about how to order this special CD --
click here

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

See also

Sammy Cahn Centennial Tribute

 

 

 

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.

 

Film Composers with highest number of Sammy Film Music Awards

 

 

John Williams (15 SFMA)


2017: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
and
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (expanded edition)

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: "Moonlight" (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

 

 

 

Alexandre Desplat (5 SFMA)

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, 2014

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, 2012

"Still Dream" from RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, 2012


THE KING'S SPEECH, 2010


THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, 2008


James Newton Howard (4 SFMA)
[1995, 2002, 2004, 2007]

Alan Menken (4 SFMA)
[1989, 1991 (2), 1992]

Randy Newman (4 SFMA)
[1999, 2000, 2003, 2006]

See the film scores awarded for the above composers -- click here

 

 

 

 

 

The Sammy Film Music Awards

See the complete list with over 150 awards
--
click here

 

 

Best Album Producers

 


James Fitzpatrick
9 SFMA = 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (2 awards), 2012, 2013
, 2015, 2016

 

Douglass Fake
7 SFMA = 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014 (2 awards), 2016 (2 awards)


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

 

 


Lukas Kendall
4 SFMA = 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012

 


 


Robert Townson

4 SFMA = 2008, 2011, 2012
, 2014

 



Nick Redman
2 SFMA = 2012

 

 

 

 



Lifetime Achievement Awards

For past film composers and songwriters

 

2016 - Leigh Adrian Harline, composer

 

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 information about past film composers
and songwriters are found in

A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC

 

 

 

Film in Focus Series
(1930s-1960s)

click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cinema Retro

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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