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)

Mychael Danna took home the Best Original Score award for “Life of Pi,” recorded on the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox with a 77-piece union orchestra. Member Alexandre Desplat composed the music to Best Picture winner “Argo,” scored at Sony Pictures Studios with 64 musicians. Best Animated Short Film winner “Paperman,” scored by Christophe Beck, was recorded Warner Bros. Studio with a 51-piece orchestra. Steven Spielberg’s longtime composer John Williams, a Lifetime Member of Local 47, wrote the score for “Lincoln,” which received two Oscar wins.

The musicians union also proudly recognizes the incredible work of the live orchestra—all members of Local 47—led once again by William Ross, who conducted the 79th Academy Awards show. This year the live orchestra performed remotely from the Capitol Records building, located just a few blocks away from the awards show broadcast at the Dolby Theatre.

“We congratulate music contractor Bill Hughes who compiled the spectacular Academy Awards live orchestra, whose playing was superb,” said Local 47 President Vince Trombetta. “I received numerous calls from musicians across the country impressed by the quality of the music recorded at Capitol and the exceptional performance from our Local 47 members during the live broadcast on awards night.”

“We are proud of the composers and studios that chose to record with AFM musicians in Los Angeles, the best musicians in the world,” said Local 47 Vice President John Acosta. “The musicians union stands committed to encouraging more films and TV shows to be scored union, here in Los Angeles.”

About Professional Musicians, Local 47: Professional Musicians, Local 47 is a labor organization formed by and for musicians over a century ago that promotes and protects the concerns of musicians in all areas of the music business. With more than 8,000 members, Local 47 negotiates with employers to establish fair wages and working conditions for musicians. Local 47 is affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians. The AFM represents more than 85,000 musicians including those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, radio, television and commercial announcements, as well as perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums.