Williams at ASCAP’s Film & TV Music Awards (Updated with Video)

(John Williams appears at 2:05 into the video)

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 30th annual Film & Television Music Awards on Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony paid special tribute to Elliot Goldenthal and Deborah Lurie, and honored the composers of the top film, television and video game music of 2014.

John Williams was a surprise guest, honoring ASCAP executive Nancy Knutsen, a 27-year veteran of their Film & Television Music Department and former senior vp. Williams, who worked with Knutsen in Boston in the late 1970s while he was working on the Star Wars trilogy, presented the award, calling her “my favorite little Ewok and a very great lady.”

Both received standing ovations from the crowd.

Thomas Newman Replaces Williams on ‘Bridge of Spies’

bridgeofspiesPRESS RELEASE:

BURBANK, Calif. (March 18, 2015) – Dreamworks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled “Bridge of Spies.”

In addition, 12-time Oscar® nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.

‘The Force Awakens’ Recording Sessions: London or Los Angeles?


Earlier today we reported that concert producer Tommy Pearson had announced that “John Williams would return to London to record the new Star Wars score this summer”. Pearson made that comment last Friday during a film music concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. However, we can now confirm that Pearson was going on the fact that the film is being produced entirely in the UK and doesn’t have any insider information.

Williams Wins 22nd Grammy

John Williams received his 22nd Grammy Award last night for the track “The Book Thief”, from the original soundtrack album of the same title. The track had been nominated for Best Instrumental Composition at this year’s Grammys, presented for albums released between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014.