The awards are named after movie lyricist Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), who received 4 Oscars for his songs, and was nominated more than any other songwriter, 26 times in all.  Cahn said he was "flattered and honored" to have these movie music awards named after him. His Oscar-winning songs are: "Three Coins in the Fountain"; "All the Way"; "High Hopes"; "Call Me Irresponsible."  All four songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, who was a big fan of Sammy's lyrics. 

The Sammys are announced in only one category – film music.   Each of the recipients receive a special certificate. These awards are chosen each year by Roger Hall, a film music historian and author of the book, A Guide to Film Music – Songs and Scores.  He is also the editor of the long-running online magazine,  Film Music Review.

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  20th Annual Sammy Awards for film music


Best New Film ScoreATONEMENT – music by Dario Marianelli (Decca CD)

Best New Film Song: "Lies" from ONCE – music & lyrics by Glen Hansard (Sony CD)

Best Vintage Film Score: RAINTREE COUNTY – music by Johnny Green (Film Score Monthly - 2 CDs)

Best Vintage Compilation: Miklos Rozsa: A Centenary Celebration (Varese Sarabande – 3 CD box set)

Best Restored Film Score: FAHRENHEIT 451 – music by Bernard Herrmann (Tribute Film Classics CD)

Best Restored Compilation: AMAZING STORIES – Anthology Three (Intrada, 2 CDs)

Best Album Producer:  Douglas Fake at Intrada

Lifetime Achievement Award:  Jerry Goldsmith, 1929-2004  
   

More information about these awards is available at this web page:
www.americanmusicpreservation.com/sammys2008.htm