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Oscars 2020

Congratulations to all of this year’s Oscar nominees! All five Best Original Score nominees were scored AFM union musicians — 4 of them with members of AFM Local 47 here in Los Angeles.

  • Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • Marriage Story – Randy Newman, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • 1917 – Thomas Newman, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams, composer (AFM Local 47)
  • Little Women – Alexandre Desplat (AFM Local 802)

Listen to these scores here.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 9, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, televised live on ABC starting at 5 p.m. PST. 

2017 Academy Awards: At long last, musicians get their due

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.

See the roster and photos of the orchestra at listen-la.com.

Congratulations 88th Annual Oscar nominees!


Congratulations to all of the musicians, composers and music prep personnel who created the music on all of the following Oscar-nominated films scored here in Los Angeles!

5 nominations including Best Picture
Scored @ Conway

6 nominations including Best Picture & Best Original Score: Thomas Newman
Scored @ Deep Sleep

1 nomination
Scored @ Warner Bros.

2 nominations including Best Animated Feature Film
Scored @ Warner Bros.

5 nominations including Best Original Score: John Williams
Scored @ Sony Studios

1 nomination
Scored @ Mason Sound & Sony Studios

1 nomination
Scored @ Warner Bros.

March 2015 Overture Online: Meet the Wrecking Crew!

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Overture Online: March 2015

NEW ISSUE OUT NOW – Read the Overture Online on your smartphone or tablet available from the App Store or Google Play.

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While Overture Online is optimized for reading via the app versions, readers may also access the new issue on your web browser here.

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86th Annual Oscars Band Performs Live From Capitol Records

86th Oscars Band

photo by Larry Mah

Live from Capitol Records, the musicians of the 86th Academy Awards performed remotely on Oscars night for the second year in a row.

Located just a few blocks away from the ceremony held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, the orchestra was again led by William Ross. Continue reading

Oscar Music Comes Alive


Photo by Aaron Poole/© A.M.P.A.S. Photo by Aaron Poole/© A.M.P.A.S.

Motion Picture Academy debuts first time Oscar Concert

by Linda A. Rapka

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the first live concert of the year’s Oscar-nominated music at UCLA’s Royce Hall Feb. 27, three days before the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Alternating between performances of the year’s nominees for best original score and best original song, the historic concert featured the 80-piece Academy Symphony Orchestra comprising some of Los Angeles’s finest studio musicians.

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Union Musicians Score Big at 85th Annual Academy Awards

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Feb. 25, 2013) — Professional Musicians, Local 47—the Los Angeles chapter of the American Federation of Musicians, the largest organization in the world representing professional union musicians—is proud to congratulate our members who composed and performed on the musical scores to a host of this year’s Oscar-winning and -nominated films.

  • Argo (7 nominations, 3 wins including Best Picture)
  • Flight (2 nominations)
  • Life of Pi (11 nominations, 4 wins including Best Original Score)
  • Lincoln (12 nominations, 2 wins)
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” (1 nomination)
  • Moonrise Kingdom (1 nomination)
  • Paperman (1 nomination, 1 win for Best Short Film)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2 nominations)
  • Ted (1 nomination)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (1 nomination) Continue reading