Maestro Elmer Bernstein will be honored November 8th by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in celebration of his 50th Anniversary of film scoring. Carl Reiner emcees the evening that will include a variety of hosted segments covering drama, westerns, comedy, jazz, epic and a special section featuring his projects with Martin Scorsese.
Among those scheduled to speak are directors John Landis ("Animal House," "An American Werewolf in London" and "Trading Places," among others), Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress"), actor James Coburn ("The Magnificent Seven"), Producer Noel Pearson ("My Left Foot," "The Field"), editor Thelma Schoonmaker ("Age of Innocence," "Bringing Out the Dead") musician "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "Walk on the Wild Side," among others) and Cece Presley, the granddaughter of Cecil B. DeMille. It was DeMille who defied the gray list and hired Mr. Bernstein to score "The Ten Commandments."
Clips from many of his more than 200 film and television scores will be shown. The event is open to the public. For more information, call the Academy Foundation at (310) 247-3600 or log onto their web site at www.oscars.org.