ASCAP Screen Music Awards Honor Hans Zimmer as Box Office Champ

A week after ASCAP gave out its pop awards, the performing rights organization rolled out another round of kudos with the ASCAP Screen Music Awards for composers, announced online Tuesday morning as the kickoff to a two-day online event taking place in lieu of the org’s usual black-tie dinner in Beverly Hills as a result of ongoing quarantining.

Hans Zimmer won the trophy for top box office film for scoring the blockbuster remake of “The Lion King.” In television, the award for most performed themes and underscore went to David Vanacore, whose most-heard work of the year included “Survivor” and “Deal or No Deal.” Siddhartha Khosla, of “This Is Us” fame, won for top network television series.

Although those awards represent acclaim represented in sheer commercial numbers, ASCAP also polls its composer and songwriter members to give out three peer-voted awards. In the Composer’s Choice categories, John Powell won film score of the year fo r”How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Bear McCreary was voted TV composer of the year. Gordy Haab was honored in the voting for video game score of the year for “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.”

Other themes and underscore winners included Michael Giacchino, Cat Gray, Jared Gutstadt, Russell Howard, Didier Lean Rachou, Ed Robertson, Mark Snow, Zimmer and Joel Beckerman.

A complete list of 2020 winners can be found at

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