BMI composer Danny Elfman will be this year's recipient of the Outstanding Career Achievement Award, which will be presented during the performing rights organization’s annual Film & Television Awards. The black-tie, invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony will be held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 15. The prestigious award, named in honor of pioneering BMI Vice President Richard Kirk, will be presented to Elfman by BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston and BMI Film/TV Relations Vice President Doreen Ringer Ross.
The Outstanding Career Achievement Award is given annually to the composer who has made significant contributions to film and TV music. Elfman, who maintains his "superhero" status in the film world with scores to such movies as the upcoming Spider-Man (opens May 3) and Men In Black II (opens July 3), was chosen for his outstanding work within the genres, both as a composer and songwriter. Other scoring credits in his prolific career include Men In Black, Planet of the Apes, Proof of Life, Spy Kids, Sleepy Hollow, Family Man, A Simple Plan, Good Will Hunting, Mars Attacks!, Mission: Impossible, Dead Presidents, To Die For, Dolores Claiborne, Black Beauty, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Batman Returns, Midnight Run, Scrooged, Beetlejuice, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, The Simpsons, Tales From The Crypt, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Amazing Stories, as well as songs for such diverse films as Ghostbusters 2, Weird Science and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Elfman has also won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for the theme to Batman, a Saturn Award for Best Score for The Nightmare Before Christmas, and has been twice nominated for an Academy Award.
More than 500 film and television composers, music publishers, executives and press are expected at the gala event. The BMI Film & Television Awards recognize the composers of the top grossing films and the highest-rated prime time television shows of the past year. Established in 1986, past recipients of the BMI Richard Kirk Outstanding Career Achievement Award include John Barry, Charlie Fox, Jerry Goldsmith, Earle Hagen, Michael Kamen, Alan Menken, Thomas Newman, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, Richard and Robert Sherman, Alan Silvestri, W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, John Williams, Patrick Williams and Hans Zimmer.