The same things happens these days. Hard working composers get pulled into projects that may look good on paper, but just don't pan out with critics or audiences. Somehow these films inspired the composer and we get a great score out of it. So this year, I'll be presenting these scores with The Goldsmith Award of Excellence.
For 2016, there is one movie that pretty much appeared on every "worst of" list of 2016, Gods of Egypt. This fantasy adventure rubbed critics the wrong way and didn't attract much audience attention. I hear that it is probably perfect for a moving riffing night, so I might give it a chance at some point.
But one element that was actually really entertaining was the score by Marco Beltrami. He crafted music that combined classic Hollywood ancient Egypt style, first made popular in Golden Age classics like The Egyptian and The Ten Commandments, and fused it with a modern sound. In fact it reminds me a quite a bit of Goldsmith's music from the 1999 version of The Mummy. That that is a good thing.
So here is a sample of that score, the winner of the 2016 Goldsmith Award of Excellence - The Coronation from Gods of Egypt.