PlayStation exclusive Journey continues to gather award nominations as we head towards the end of the year, and has now picked up a rather unexpected gong – that of a Grammy nomination. Composer Austin Wintory has been nominated in the ‘Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media’ category and he has the honour of composing the first video game soundtrack to ever be nominated in this section of the awards.
Indeed all of the other nominees are movies, Journey is up against Howard Shore with his score for Hugo, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross with their music for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Ludovic Bource with The Artist. The category also includes nominations for the masters of movie soundtracks, John Williams and Hans Zimmer for The Adventures Of Tin Tin and The Dark Knight Rises respectively.
However, Howard Shore has won this category three times in the last ten years, one each for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Williams and Zimmer have also both picked up the award in the last decade. In my opinion Austin’s main rival will be Ludovic Bource – The Artist was a silent movie and relied heavily on the music to help tell the story, something the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is bound to take in to consideration.
Whatever the outcome our heartiest congratulations go to Austin and the Journey team.