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‘American Hustle,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Nab Wins at Music Supervisors Awards

27 February 2014 6:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Hustle,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “The Place Beyond the Pines” claimed the top film kudos Wednesday night at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.

Warner Bros. got the nod for best studio music department on the film side while ABC Entertainment/Disney Channel won for smallscreen.

American Hustle’s” wall-to-wall soundtrack of mostly 1970s tunes, supervised by Sue Jacobs (pictured), won for pic budgeted at more than $35 million. The reconfigured traditional folk assembled by T Bone Burnett for “Inside Llewyn Davis” won for pic budgeted under $35 million. Gabe Hilfer’s  mashup of ’80s and contemporary artists for “Place Beyond the Pines” won for pic budgeted under $10 million.

The ceremony, held at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, was a notable departure from past awards events hosted by the guild that was founded in 2007, in both scale and presentation. Fete featured live music by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc and Brit popsters Rixton, »

- Steve Chagollan

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In Score Race, Oscar Sings New Tune

12 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is the Academy’s music branch growing up? This year’s crop of original-score nominees embraces not only traditional orchestral scores by veteran composers but also a hybrid score that stretches the definition of “music” into sound-design territory and another by members of an indie-rock band.

“I think they’re changing,” says one high-ranking studio music exec, although he believes some choices are automatic by branch members, “more strategic paper voting than intelligent music voting.”

He’s referring to the three scores written by Oscar veterans: John Williams for “The Book Thief” (a record 49th nom, with five wins), Thomas Newman for “Saving Mr. Banks” (his 12th nom) and French composer Alexandre Desplat for “Philomena” (his sixth nom). While all three may be music-branch favorites, they also penned scores that were among the year’s most acclaimed.

“Small pieces can deliver very forceful and powerful ideas, musically and dramatically,” says »

- Jon Burlingame

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