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The film and television divisions of 20th Century Fox were honored Jan. 21 at the fifth annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards along with the supervisors behind shows such as Nashville and Reign, and the films The Fault in Our Stars and Begin Again.
Fox shared the film studio award with the Walt Disney Co.’s music division.
As usual a congenial event in which honorees speak about a sense of community among music supervisors, this year’s event at the Mack Sennett Studios included more musician presenters than in previous years, among them Moby, Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, Kenny Loggins, the Monkees’ Mickey Dolenz, Butch Walker, Gavin Rossdale, Gustavo Santaolalla and Ray Parker Jr., who led the crowd in a singalong of his most famous song “Ghostbusters.”
Moby apologized for making an “earnest and sycophantic” comment about music supervisors, but contrasted his first meetings with supervisors to “the soulless radio stations” he would visit early in his career. “Twenty years ago, when I first came to L.A., I said to my manager at the time these people actually like music,” he said.
Laura Welsh, Mat Kearney and Kevin Ross performed songs from their upcoming albums between awards presentations.
One supervisor after another thanked their teams — “none of this happens alone,” said PJ Bloom, who won his first GMS Award after multiple nominations — as well as labels and publishers who work with music supervisors on a daily basis.
“We couldn’t do our jobs without the publishers willing to go the extra mile,” said Clyde Lieberman, co-winner of the Reality Television trophy for his work on The Voice. “We have found a way to pay them back — helping records break. One of the biggest thrills every week” is the potential for a new song to reach a new audience.
The Guild also announced that it would hold its first-ever educational conference on Sept. 26 in Los Angeles.
Winners of Guild of Music Supervisors Awards for 2014 are:
Television Comedy Or Musical:
Nashville (Season 3), Frankie Pine
Reign (Season 2), Madonna Wade-Reed
The Voice (Seasons 6 and 7), Clyde Lieberman and Jill Meyers
Television Long Form And Movies:
The Normal Heart, PJ Bloom
Film Over $25 Million:
Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Jordan
Film Under $25 Million:
The Fault In Our Stars, Season Kent
Film Under $10 Million:
Begin Again, Matt Sullivan and Andrea von Foerster
Film Under $5 Million:
Whiplash, Andy Ross
FIFA 15, Cybele Pettus [Electronic Arts]
Nike, JT Griffith
Best Use of Music, Music House / Agency:
Media Arts Lab, Peymon Maskin
Inherent Vice – Teaser, Vanessa Jorge [Aspect Ratio]
20th Century Fox
Walt Disney Co.
20th Century Fox
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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