BMI Recognizes Composer Gregson-Williams

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams claimed the Richard Kirk Award at BMI's annual Film & Television Music Awards dinner, held last night (May 17) at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The award, which recognizes outstanding career achievement, honored Gregson-Williams for scoring films such as "Man on Fire," "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "Shrek," "Shrek 2," "Chicken Run," and, most recently, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."

Past Richard Kirk winners include Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mark Mothersbaugh, Thomas Newman, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams.

The BMI Classic Contribution Award went to Earle Hagen in honor of more than 50 years as a BMI affiliate. A past Richard Kirk recipient, Hagen has composed such recognizable television themes such as "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "I Spy," "That Girl" and "The Mod Squad."

Gustavo Santaolalla added another accolade to his work with "Brokeback Mountain," which also earned him an Academy Award for best original score and a Golden Globe for best original song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old."

BMI Television and Cable Awards went to Steve Jablonsky for "Desperate Housewives," Larry Groupe for "Commander in Chief, " Kevin Kiner for "CSI: Miami," Peter Manning Robinson for "Without a Trace," Charlie Midnight for "Daisy Does America", and James Levine for 'The Closer".

The ceremony also honored Rolfe Kent for scoring the comedies "Failure to Launch" and "Wedding Crashers," Trevor Rabin for the sports drama "Coach Carter," Brian Wilson for the theme to HBO's "Big Love,' John Williams for the Golden Globe-winning "Memoirs of a Geisha" and the blockbuster "War of the Worlds," and Alex Wurman for the critically-acclaimed documentary "March of the Penguins."

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