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Union Musicians Score at Academy Awards

Photo courtesy of AFM Local 47's Facebook page.

While the world’s eyes Sunday night were focused on the actors, video clips and red carpet gowns at the 79th Academy Awards show, their ears were being treated to melodies and rhythms—both in the Oscar-winning films and live broadcast—of the members of Professional Musicians/AFM Local 47.

Local 47 members composed and performed on the musical scores of 10 films that received 39 Oscar nominations and won 10 Oscars.

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 a 64 musicians.

Best Animated Short Film winner "Paperman," scored by Christophe Beck, was recorded by 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.

During the ceremonies, the music was live, but the orchestra was nowhere to be seen. The live all-Local 47 orchestra—conducted by William Ross—performed remotely from the Capitol Records building, located just a few blocks away from the awards show broadcast at the Dolby Theatre. 

Local 47 President Vince Trombetta says the superb performance of the live orchestra was noticed by fellow musicians.

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.  

Of course the actors on stage—both winners and presenters—proudly sported the SAG-AFTRA label.

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