BMI Honors Composers of Top Movies, TV Shows and Cable Programs at 2005 Film/TV Awards

Posted in News on May 18, 2005
Composer Graeme Revell Receives Richard Kirk Award For Outstanding Career Achievement

BMI honored the composers and songwriters of the music from this year's top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking cable network television series at its annual Film & Television Awards dinner. Held May 18 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the black-tie gala was hosted by BMI President and CEO Del R. Bryant and BMI Vice President Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer Ross. More than 100 awards were announced during the ceremonies.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the BMI Richard Kirk award for Outstanding Career Achievement to composer Graeme Revell. Named after late BMI Vice President Richard Kirk, the prestigious award is given annually to the composer who has made significant contributions to film and TV music. Past recipients include John Barry, Randy Edelman, Danny Elfman, Charlie Fox, Jerry Goldsmith, Earle Hagen, Michael Kamen, Alan Menken, Mark Mothersbaugh, Thomas Newman, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, Alan Silvestri, Richard and Robert Sherman, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, John Williams and Patrick Williams.

Graeme Revell Counting Crows

Revell, a New Zealand native, is in the midst of a historical career in film and television music. With credits including "Sin City," "Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D," "Dead Calm," "The Crow," "The Insider," "CSI: Miami," "The Negotiator," "Blow," "Open Water" and more, he has become known for his blending of traditional ethnic music and ambient sounds. He started his scoring career after picking up on rhythms in patient vocalizations at an Australian hospital for the mentally ill, where he worked as an orderly. His experiments with recordings of human and insect sounds and industrial machinery led him to create the early industrial band SPK. His first score was for director Philip Noyce and producer/director George Miller with "Dead Calm," for which he won an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Score.

Kevin Eubanks Lalo Schifrin Stu Phillips

Honoring Revell at the dinner via video messages were directors Robert Rodriguez, Phillip Noyce, Danny Cannon, David Twohy and Carl Franklin, as well as journalist Jon Burlingame. Chucky, the star of the "Chucky" film series for which Revell scored "The Bride of Chucky," narrated the video salute to Revell.

Calling Revell, "...the best secret weapon a director can ever have," director Noyce described working with him on the film "Dead Calm." "Graeme immediately sparked at the material and the opportunity. He hadn't scored a film before, but he had that great composing sense. We wanted a composer who would bring a completely different score to a very elemental movie. Graeme started at the idea of taking sounds that were part of the movie and incorporating them into the score; sound of wind, sound of water.

Mike Post Pete Townshend

"The movie was completely different once we put Graeme's score in," he added. "He added tension, he added pace, he created drama, and he gave the film a unique aural quality."

Revell's skill at collaboration with the director was a theme that permeated throughout the evening. "Honest," "innovative," "soulful" and "a true renaissance man" were just some of the descriptions that the directors offered. His vast range of musical talents were lauded, including his use of a wide array of ethnic sounds and voices, atmospheric noises and wide ranging knowledge of obscure percussion and voice styles. His encompassing musical style constantly delivers a fresh new sound and approach to each score he has done. Cannon said, "Graeme is modern and he is up to date. That's what is great about him. He is so willing to use new techniques, new inspirations and is always willing to try something different, move the goalposts."

BMI also gave out the award for the Most Performed Song From A Motion Picture to the Counting Crows and their publishing companies for the "Shrek 2" song, "Accidentally in Love." BMI also recognized this year's Emmy Award winners for music.

The first BMI Spotlight Award was given to television composer Frank Gari and the inaugural BMI Classic Contribution Award was presented to the creators of "The Tonight Show" themes, composed by Johnny Carson, Paul Anka and Kevin Eubanks.

With a nod to the digital music age, BMI handed out its first Ringtone Awards for the TV music themes that have become the most-performed songs in the mobile space; the awards went to Stu Phillips for the theme to "Knight Rider" and Lalo Schifrin for the theme to "Mission Impossible."

Taking home multiple awards at the dinner were past Richard Kirk recipient Mike Post with four Television Awards for the "Law & Order" series "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: CI" and "Law & Order: Trial By Jury." Pete Townshend picked up three awards for "CSI," "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY." Double winners included Harry Gregson Williams for the films "Shrek 2" and "Man On Fire"; Rolfe Kent for the films "Sideways" and "Mean Girls"; Harald Kloser for "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Alien vs. Predator"; Thomas Newman for "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "Six Feet Under"; John Keane for "CSI" and "The Amazing Race 7"; and Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Anthony Jackson, Jeff Lippencott and Mark T. Williams for "The Apprentice 2" and "The Apprentice 3."

Below is the complete list of 2005 BMI Film/TV Awards winners:

BMI Richard Kirk Award
Graeme Revell

BMI Spotlight Award
Frank Gari

BMI Classic Contribution Award
Paul Anka: The Tonight Show
Johnny Carson: The Tonight Show
Kevin Eubanks: The Tonight Show

BMI Ringtone Award
Stu Phillips: Knight Rider
Lalo Schifrin: Mission: Impossible

BMI Film Music Awards

Danny Elfman: Spider-Man 2
George Fenton (PRS): Hitch
Michael Giacchino: The Incredibles
Harry Gregson-Williams: Shrek 2, Man On Fire
David Holmes: Ocean’s Twelve
Rolfe Kent (PRS): Mean Girls, Sideways
Harald Kloser: The Day After Tomorrow, Alien Vs Predator
David Newman: Are We There Yet?
Thomas Newman Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Trevor Rabin: National Treasure
Graeme Revell: Sin City
William Ross: Ladder 49
Theodore Shapiro: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
John Williams: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Alex Wurman: Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
Christopher Young: The Grudge
Aaron Zigman: The Notebook
John Williams: The Terminal

Most Performed Song From A Motion Picture

David Bryson: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
Adam Duritz: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
David Immergluck: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
Matthew Malley: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
Dan Vickrey: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
Emi Blackwood Music Inc: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
Jones Falls Music: "Accidentally In Love" From Shrek 2
Songs Of Skg: "Accidentally In Love” From Shrek 2

BMI Television Awards

Pete Townshend (PRS): CSI
John Keane: CSI
Pete Townshend (PRS): CSI: Miami
Kevin Kiner: CSI: Miami
Pete Townshend (PRS): CSI: Ny
Bill Brown: CSI: Ny
Danny Elfman: Desperate Housewives
Steve Bartek: Desperate Housewives
Stewart Copeland: Desperate Housewives
Steve Jablonsky: Desperate Housewives
Martin Davich: E.R.
Dain Blair: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Tony Phillips: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Carim Clasmann: Grey’s Anatomy
Galia Durant: Grey’s Anatomy
Robert Del Naja (PRS): House
Grantley Marshall (PRS): House
Andrew Vowles (PRS): House
Michael Fratantuno: Joey
James Khoury: Joey
Terence Yoshiaki: Joey
William Adams: Joey
Floyd I. Gaugh: Joey
Bradley Nowell: Joey
Lindon Roberts: Joey
Eric Wilson: Joey
Mac Davis: Las Vegas
Charlie Clouser: Las Vegas
Mike Post : Law & Order: Svu
Mike Post : Law & Order
Mike Post : Law & Order: Ci
Mike Post: Law & Order: Trial By Jury
Michael Giacchino: Lost
Mychael Danna: Medium
Jeff Beal: Medium
Joseph Conlan: Ncis
Joseph Vitarelli: Revelations
Kenneth Gamble: The Apprentice 2
Leon Huff: The Apprentice 2
Anthony Jackson: The Apprentice 2
Jeff Lippencott: The Apprentice 2
Mark T. Williams: The Apprentice 2
Chuck Lorre: Two And A Half Men
Kenneth Gamble: The Apprentice 3
Leon Huff: The Apprentice 3
Anthony Jackson: The Apprentice 3
Jeff Lippencott: The Apprentice 3
Mark T. Williams: The Apprentice 3
John Keane: The Amazing Race 7
Christopher Franke: The Amazing Race 7
Lee Sanders: The Amazing Race 7
W. G. Snuffy Walden: West Wing
Peter Manning Robinson: Without A Trace

BMI Cable Awards

Matt Koskenmaki: American Chopper
Bob Israel: Larry King Live
John Reid: Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica
James Levine: Nip/Tuck
Ronald Strykert: Outback Jack
Daniel Radlauer: Outback Jack
Adam Zelkind: Outback Jack
Ray Ketchem: Queer As Folk
Thomas Newman: Six Feet Under
Richard Marvin: Six Feet Under
Danny Pelfrey: Strong Medicine
Steve Hampton: Suite Life Of Zack & Cody
Gary Scott: Suite Life Of Zack & Cody
Tim P.: The 4400
Stephen R. Phillips: The 4400
George S. Clinton: The 4400
Claude Foisy: The 4400
John Van Tongeren: The 4400
Phil Garrod: The O’reilly Factor
Reed Hays: The O’reilly Factor
Scott Schreer: The O’reilly Factor
Daniel Radlauer: The Surreal Life
Adam Zelkind: The Surreal Life
David Gipson: Trading Spaces
Jim Johnston: Wwe Entertainment
Britney Spears: Zoey 101
Michael Corcoran: Zoey 101

Emmy Award Winners

Wes Boatman: Passions
John Henry Kreitler: Passions
Ed O’donnell: Passions
John Henry Kreitler: “I Ain’t Sorry” From Passions
Pete T. Rich: “I Ain’t Sorry” From Passions
Harry Connick, Jr.: “Only You” In Concert (Great Performances)
Velton Ray Bunch: Star Trek: Enterprise “Similitude”
Eddy Free: “Because You Are Beautiful” From “Until The Violence Stops”


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