Another Awards Season is behind us, and what a season it was! This was a big year for members of AFM Local 47, with several of our musicians winning awards, receiving nominations, and having contributed to making the music recordings that contributed to some of the biggest hits of 2018. Continue reading →
Congratulations to the following AFM Local 47-scored films on receiving Oscar nominations! Listen to our Oscars 2019 #ListenLA Playlist and browse the list below. Winners will be announced at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on February 24, 2019, broadcast live on ABC (with a live AFM Local 47 band!). Continue reading →
And then there were 15… Superstar AFM Local 47 member John Legend joins the exclusive EGOT club with his two Emmy Arts wins as lead actor and co-producer for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live.” He is one of the youngest people ever to win all four Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
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.
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.