by Dan Goldwasser
Back in the end of April, ASCAP held its Annual Film & Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Many composers were on hand for the celebration, presided over by ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman.
Composers John Debney and Mark Snow
Brian Tyler and his wife attend the ASCAP Awards
The big Film Music award of the evening, the Henry Mancini Award, went to composer John Debney, who was nominated recently for an Academy Award for his work on The Passion of the Christ. Receiving the coveted "Golden Note" award (the highest that ASCAP has to offer) was composer Mark Snow, for his constant success for ASCAP over a 20-year period.
Awards were handed out to dozens of composers, including Marco Beltrami (I, Robot), Alan Silvestri (Polar Express, Van Helsing), Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, "Lost"), Russ Landau ("Survivor"), David Vanacore ("The Apprentice", "Survivor"), and many more.
Marco Beltrami with ASCAP's Todd Brabec and Nancy Knutsen
Alan Silvestri gets his award
Additionally, they celebrated the Centennial birthday of Harold Arlen, who wrote countless classic songs including "Over the Rainbow". On stage to perform "Stormy Weather" was his son Sam, and Sam's wife, Joan.
Sam Arlen and his wife perform "Stormy Weather"
Introducing Mark Snow was actress Stephanie Powers ("Starsky and Hutch"), "X-Files" producer Frank Spotnitz, and sister-in-law (and actress) Tyne Daly ("Cagney and Lacey"). Snow was very gracious and told some interesting stories about his time in Hollywood.
Stephanie Powers reminisces about Mark Snow
Tyne Daly talks about her brother-in-law, Mark Snow
Mark Snow is overwhelmed to receive The Golden Note Award
Introducing John Debney was The Pacifier director Adam Shankman - quite a character to behold, and while he went a bit long, the audience was having a riot. Debney himself was humbled and honored to recieve the Mancini award.
John Debney accepts the Henry Mancini Award
David Vanacour with his many ASCAP awards!
Publicist Ray Costa with Graeme Revell
Two new awards were also inaugurated: the first BMI Spotlight Award went to composer Frank Gari for his work on all those television news themes (that we guarantee you've heard). The BMI Classic Contribution award was given to Paul Anka and Kevin Eubanks (and Johnny Carson, posthumously) for their music on "The Tonight Show".
Paul Anka and Kevin Eubanks
There was a new category this year, as cellphone ringtones are becoming a larger part of royalty payments. As such, two Ringtone Awards were handed out to Lalo Schifrin for his theme for "Mission: Impossible" and Stuart Phillips for his theme to "Knight Rider".
"Knight Rider" composer Stu Phillips and his wife
When it came time for the Richard Kirk award to be handed out, they played a video that followed Revell's career, with comments by people like Robert Rodriguez, Phillip Noyce, and - in the best part of the evening - Chucky from Child's Play. That segment was written by Revell's agent, Richard Kraft, and had the audience in stitches.
The BMI Awards are handed out
Mike Post with his "Law and Order" BMI Awards
Very special thanks to Bobbi Marcus, Ray Costa, Nancy Knutsen, and Hanna Pantle