Yesterday afternoon, the H.O.P.E. Was Here original score, crafted by Argentine composer Emilio D. Miler, was recognized in a big way.
The 17-track album was nominated--alongside some of the biggest names in cinema music--for a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA). Miler's soundtrack will compete in the 'Original Score - Documentary' category beside four other esteemed musicians.
"I'm speechless," said Miler. "I'm nominated with all the people I admire most in this field."
Some of those people are Trent Reznor and Aticus Ross, Academy Award winners for Best Original Score in 2010 for their music in David Fincher's The Social Network and nominated now for an HMAA for their work in Fincher's new release Gone Girl, German composer Hans Zimmer, whose long and decorated resume includes The Lion King, Gladiator, and Inception, and fellow Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla, who won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score in two consecutive years, for Brokeback Mountain in 2005, and Babel in 2006.
Miler's music in H.O.P.E. Was Here has been described as "beautiful and calming" and evoking "vivid imagery" by his most accomplished colleagues. Internationally acclaimed composer and producer Ricky Kej says: "The extensive use of guitar arpeggios over a textured soundbed lends a touch of richness to the album arrangement. The inclusion of Lola Ullmann on vocals for 'El Llamado' adds a different hue to the album in its entirety. Ambient sounds and thematic application are obvious in 'Helping Hands' and Camino Sin Fin'. Fantastic soundtrack album and brilliant music for a quiet evening under the stars."
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards honors A-List composers, producers, songwriters, and music supervisors for their contributions in film, television, video games, movie trailers and other visual mediums. The 5th annual HMMA show will take place on November 4, 2014 at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA. Miler hopes to attend.