Circuit Madness 2017 Finals! Voting Now Open!


Hello everyone! Welcome to the Circuit Madness 2017 finals! If you haven’t been keeping up, we’re happy you’re here to join us. This year set Oscar-winning scores against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. We’ve found ourselves in the final round now, and the competition has been fierce. We’re left with two of the greatest film franchises in history, which should make for a wonderful finale. First, we’re going to run through our two finalists, before jumping into the vote.

Star Wars

The only 1 seed remaining, “Star Wars” has had a dominant run to the final. Somewhat oddly, it did most of its damage knocking off musicals. Considering musicals did so well in Circuit Madness this year, this was quite a feat. In the first two rounds it knocked off “An American in Paris” and “The Little Mermaid,” getting 86 percent or more of the vote in both rounds. Then it went against the beloved Pixar film “Up,” cruising past it with a 78 percent to 22 percent victory.

To win the Steiner division, “Star Wars” went up against current Oscar champion “La La Land.” Despite the popularity of the film, “Star Wars” handled “La La Land” with a 68 percent to 32 percent victory. This was also the closest a film got to “Star Wars” at this point in the tournament. To earn its place in the final, “Star Wars” knocked off “Beauty and the Beast.” It won that round with an 80 percent to 20 percent spread. This is the iconic John Williams score, and it remains one of the most recognizable themes in film history. While it faced tough competition, it is far from surprising it found its way to the finals.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Another popular franchise among cinephiles is “The Lord of the Rings.” “The Fellowship of the Ring” establishes many of the themes for characters or armies, and this makes it the strongest score in the series. “Fellowship” made quick work of “Pinocchio” in the first round, with a 74 percent to 26 percent victory. However, it faced an oddly familiar opponent in the second round. The series took home the Oscar for Howard Shore‘s score twice, which actually caused a Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Rings showdown early in the tournament. “The Fellowship” took down “Return of the King” with a 55 percent to 45 percent victory. 

From there, the “Fellowship” rolled over the next two films. It first took down cinematic icon “The Wizard of Oz” with a 73 percent to 27 percent victory. It then took down “The Lion King” to capture the Portman division crown, 63 percent to 37 percent. To earn its place in the final, “Fellowship” had its toughest match of the tournament, going up against the iconic John Williams score from “Jaws.” This flipped between each film half a dozen times, and ultimately “The Fellowship” proved victorious, with a 51 percent to 49 percent win. It was one of the closest matchups of the entire tournament.

Circuit Madness 2017 Finals

With that, we’re in the final round. Both films are among the most acclaimed films of all time. Each score is moving and unique, and was crafted by iconic composers. Both Williams and Shore have multiple Oscars to their name, and are among the best film composers in history. Now it’s up to you to decide which score is the greatest in Oscar history. Let us know what you think! Vote below and let your voice be heard in the comments below!

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What do you think? Who are you voting for? Let us know on the Awards Circuit Message Boards and in the comments below!

Voting for the Circuit Madness 2017 tournament closes April 30. 

Circuit Madness 2017 Final: The Fellowship of the Ring vs. Star Wars

  • Robby Poffenberger

    I watched both films within the last month or so. I felt like the Star Wars score was perfect for an epic action movie. It’s become like the films — bigger than itself in the scope of our culture. But Fellowship’s score offers more nuance, diversity, and transports you in a more significant way. Take history away and just look at the music and how it’s used in the film — Fellowship is better.

    I fully expect it to lose.

  • Joey Magidson

    Vote wisely!

  • Ryan

    I’m voting for Fellowship of the Ring almost solely because the song ‘The Breaking of the Fellowship’ could be the best song of the century. Would recommend everyone listen to that track before voting. Then again, I don’t begrudge anyone who picks Star Wars.

  • Calvin Damon

    These are my two all time favorite scores, but I got to go Fellowship on this one. There’s just more range in the music and all of the emotions it invokes than in the original Star Wars’ score. Star Wars has the advantage of having been around for years and thus has established that reputation as the best score over time. I think that 20 or 30 years from now, The Lord of the Rings movies’ scores will be even more revered than they are now.