The 2017 Golden Issue Award for Best Score

Welcome to the 2017 Awards, where we here at take a look back at 2017 and select the stories from comic books and related media that we expect will remain in our hearts and minds long after the year has come to a close.

Here we're talking movies, specifically their scores. A great movie soundtrack can often stick with you long after the credits have rolled. A composer's contributions to a film can often go overlooked, but considering the debate over Danny Elfman replacing Junkie XL on Justice League, it seems safe to say that many fans learned to appreciate a film's music more than ever.

And the winner of Best Score is...


Thor: Ragnarok, composed by Mark Mothersbaugh!

Thor: Ragnarok was practically a complete reinvention of the Thor film franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Shakespearean flavor was drained out in favor of something more colorful and modern. To complete that transformation, Thor needed a new sound, and Mothersbaugh came through by accenting the traditional classic compositions with elements of synth.


Danny Elfman's much-discussed Justice League score also made our list of nominees, as did Tyler Bates Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which often goes overlooked in the shadow of the movie's "Awesome Mix." Also nominated were Rupert Gregson-Williams' Wonder Woman score and Marco Beltrami's score for Logan.

List of Nominees:

  • Thor: Ragnarok [WINNER] - composed by Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Justice League - composed by Danny Elfman
  • Wonder Woman - composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - composed by Tyler Bates
  • Logan - composed by Marco Beltrami