by Dan Goldwasser
All of the music nominees for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were present at the annual champagne reception hosted by the Society of Composers and Lyricists yesterday at the Beverly Hills home of John and Bonnie Cacavas. The event was another smashing success, with all of the music nominees - as well as a few other guests - in attendance.
The large crowd at the SCL reception. See if you can spot the composers!
Composer Lolita Ritmanis, SCL Executive Director Laura Dunn and Oscar Nominees Michael Giacchino (Ratatouille) and Dario Marianelli (Atonement)
Music Branch Governor Charles Bernstein introduces SCL President Dan Foliart
SCL President Dan Foliart called up each of the nominees, to introduce them to the guests, present them with a gift bag, and allow them to speak to the audience.
Nominated composer Alberto Iglesias (The Kite Runner) and Dan Foliart
Five-time nominee James Newton Howard (Michael Clayton) and Dan Foliart
When song nominees Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova were called up, they went a little further than the other nominees who thanked the crowd; they actually performed their Oscar-nominated song "Falling Slowly" from Once, which they both starred in - much to the surprise and delight of the gathered audience.
Oscar nominees James Newton Howard and Marco Beltrami watch as Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard perform their Oscar-nominated song "Falling Slowly" from Once
Also in attendance were Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack, and Tevin Thomas who were nominated for their song "Raise it Up" from August Rush, along with the entire gospel choir who will be performing live at tonight's Academy Awards.
AMPAS Governor Charles Bernstein, ASCAP's Nancy Knutsen and SCL President Dan Foliart with the score nominees: Dario Marianelli (Atonement), Michael Giacchino (Ratatouille), Marco Beltrami (3:10 to Yuma), James Newton Howard (Michael Clayton) and Alberto Iglesias (The Kite Runner)
AMPAS Governor Charles Bernstein and SCL President Dan Foliart with the song nominees: Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack, and Tevin Thomas (August Rush), Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard (Once), and Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (Enchanted)
The evening was a smashing success, and the 80th Academy Awards will be announced tonight at 8pm on ABC. Good luck to all of the nominees!
Special thanks to Ray Costa at Costa Communications and Laura Dunn at the SCL