The 89th Annual Academy Awards telecast is one to be remembered — and not just for the Best Picture snafu.
In the Oscar’s 64 years of being televised, every single person who worked on the production has been listed in the end credits — that is, except for musicians.
That changed this year, when the names of all the live orchestra musicians were listed on the end crawl.
“The Academy Awards airs to 1 billion people live,” says AFM Local 47 Vice President Rick Baptist. “That is 1 billion people watching and listening to the amazing orchestra, with no one knowing who was playing the music flawlessly to the world.”
Kudos and thanks to Vice President Baptist – who himself performed on the show for 30 years – for his work in making this happen.
During the ceremony, Local 47 composer Justin Hurwitz took home two golden statuettes for his work on La La Land, winning Best Original Score and for Best Original Song, “City of Stars.” Congratulations to all of the musicians, composers and music prep personnel who helped to create this incredible music, and to everyone who worked on all of this year’s Oscar-nominated projects and awards show!
89th Annual Academy Awards Orchestra
Alyssa Park (concertmaster)
Darrin McCann (principal)
Cecilia Tsan (principal)
Wayne Bergeron (1st)
Andy Martin (1st)
Joe Meyer (1st)
Don Williams (+ timpani)