Circuit Madness 2017 Round of 64 Voting Opens

Hello all! Earlier in the week we opened up voting for our 4 “play-in” scores for Circuit Madness 2017, and we’re here to announce the 4 films that made it through, as well as the rest of the field! If you don’t care about our 12 seeds, scroll down to the bottom of the page and begin to vote on our 64 finalists.

Four “Play-in” Scores

First up, we’re going over the scores that received the most votes in our 12 seed round. Each film will be distributed into the bracket as a 12 seed, and should instantly face some tough competition from our 5 seeds. Without further ado, here we go.

Our first film led the 12 seeds in voting. The Disney classic “Aladdin” wins the 12 seed bakeoff, but meets an oddly familiar foe in the first round. “Aladdin” will go up against “Beauty and the Beast,” and share a common composer in Alan Menken. In the battle between two Disney Renaissance films, who will prevail?

Second to come out of the play-ins was “The Hateful Eight” composed by Ennio Morricone. To think that Morricone wouldn’t have even been in this competition until a year ago is strange to say the least. That said, he meets up against another great western in “High Noon.” That film was scored by Dimitri Tiomkin, and remains a classic for the western genre to this day. Western vs. Western is never pretty, but should yield some interesting results.

Third to the game is “Mary Poppins” scored brillantly by the Sherman Brothers. However, they also face competition from fellow a fellow Disney film as well. Michael Giacchino goes head to toe with the Shermans for his incredible work on “Up.” It looks like the house of mouse is going to beat itself up quite a bit in this first round.

Finally, our last film to make the dance is “The Sound of Music,” scored by Irwin Kostal. “The Sound of Music” is the only adapted score to come out of the vote-in films, and could easily make some waves in the tournament. It goes up against “Love Story” in the first round, composed by Francis Lai.

The Rest of the Field

Now that our field is set, let’s go through the bracket as a whole. Below are the first round match-ups and the seedings. This is going to feature some very close battles, so Circuit Madness 2017 looks to be off to a fast start!

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The Newman Region (Named for Alfred Newman, who won the Oscar for Score 9 times)

1) “Lawrence of Arabia” – Maurice Jarre vs. (16) “Yankee Doodle Dandy”- Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld

(8) “Life is Beautiful” – Nicola Piovani vs. (9) “Il Postino” – Luis Enrique Bacalov

(5) “Beauty and the Beast”- Alan Menken vs. (12) “Aladdin”- Alan Menken

(4) “Ben-Hur” – Miklos Rozsa vs. (13) “The Red Shoes” – Brian Easdale

(6) “Summer of ’42” Michel Legrand vs. “The Way We Were”- Marvin Hamlisch

(3) “Bridge on the River Kwai”- Malcolm Arnold vs. (14)- “Atonement”- Dario Marianelli

(7) “Brokeback Mountain”- Gustavo Santaolalla vs. “The Right Stuff”- Bill Conti

(2) “Doctor Zhivago”- Maurice Jarre vs. (15) “The Best Years of Our Lives”- Hugo Friedhofer

The Williams Region (Named for John Williams, who has the 2nd most wins in Score and most nominations)

(1) “Jaws”- John Williams vs. (16) “Babel”- Gustavo Santaolalla

(8) “Stagecoach” – Richard Hageman, Frank Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken vs. (9) “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”- Burt Bacharach

(5) “High Noon”- Dimitri Tiomkin vs. (12) “The Hateful Eight”- Enni Morricone

(4) “Sunset Boulevard” – Franz Waxman vs. (13) “Gravity”- Steven Price

(6) “Dances with Wolves”- John Barry vs. (11) “Around the World in 80 Days” – Victor Young

(3) “Out of Africa”- John Barry vs. “Spellbound”- Miklos Rozsa

(7) “The Social Network”- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross vs. (10) “The Last Emperor” – Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, & Cong Su

(2) “E.T.: The Extra-Terestrial”- John Williams vs. (15) “Shakespeare in Love”- Stephen Warbeck

The Steiner Region (Named for Max Steiner, who won Score 3 times and received 24 nominations)

(1) “Star Wars: A New Hope”- John Williams vs. (16) “An American in Paris” – Johnny Green & Saul Chaplin

(8) “Purple Rain”- Prince vs. (9) “The Little Mermaid”- Alan Menken

(5) “Up”- Michael Giacchino vs. (12) “Mary Poppins” – Sherman Brothers

(4) “The Omen” – Jerry Goldsmith vs.  (13) “Slumdog Millionaire” – A.R. Rahman

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(6) “Titanic”- James Horner vs. (11) “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”- Alfred Newman

(3) “Schindler’s List”- John Williams vs. (14 ) “The Grand Budapest Hotel”- Alexandre Desplat

(7) “Born Free”- John Barry vs. “La La Land”- Justin Hurwtiz

(2) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”- Henry Mancini vs. “The Adventures of Robin Hood”- Erich Wolfgang Korngold

The Portman Region (Named for Rachel Portman, who has the most nominations for a female composer with 3)

(1) “The Godfather Part 2”- Nino Rota & Carmine Coppola vs. (16) “The Red Violin” – John Corigliano

(8) “The Lion King”- Hans Zimmer vs. (9) “The English Patient”- Gabriel Yared

(5) “Love Story”- Francis Lai vs. (12) “The Sound of Music”- Irwin Kostal

(4) “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”- Tan Dun vs. (13) “Finding Neverland” – Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

(6) “West Side Story”- Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal vs. (11) “The Lord of the Rings: The
Return of the King”- Howard Shore

(3) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”- Howard Shore vs. “Pinocchio” –  Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington

(7) “The Wizard of Oz”- Herbert Stothat vs. (10) “A Place in the Sun”- Franz Waxman

(2) “Chariots of Fire”- Vangelis vs. (15) “The Artist”- Ludovic Bource


Vote Above

With all of our match-ups ready to go its time to vote. So vote above on the polls, and let us know what you think about the rankings on the comments below. Continue the discussion on our message boards as well!


What do you think? Which scores are you hopping win the whole competition? Let us know in the comments below and on the message boards! 

The voting closes on March 19th. Vote now!

About Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. He graduated from Florida State University in 2013, and received his MA from the University of Central Florida in 2015. His all-time favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'M*A*S*H,' and 'Game of Thrones.' You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.
  • Joey Magidson

    Happy voting!

  • Adam Lawrence

    pitting Crouching Tiger against Finding Neverland is one of the cruelest things y’all have ever done.

    • Adam Lawrence

      also, what a shame we couldn’t vote for any Thomas Newman scores. -___-

  • Cinefilucho

    Il Postino!! Such an underrated movie and score… (not by the Academy, of course)