"Rings" composer earns Henry Mancini award.

Film/TV composer Howard Shore took home the highest honor last night (April 21) at ASCAP's 19th annual Film and Television Awards, held at L.A.'s Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Shore, who was announced as the winner last month , was presented with the Henry Mancini Award for lifetime achievement by ASCAP president/chairman Marilyn Bergman and actress/director Penny Marshall.

Shore is enjoying a winning streak this year with "Return of the King," the much-heralded final chapter of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Shore won an Oscar for best score and for best song for the movie's "Into the West," as well as a Golden Globe for best score.

With more than 25 years of film and TV hits, Shore's career includes scoring the movies "Gangs of New York," "High Fidelity," "That Thing You Do!," "Ed Wood," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," "The Fly" and Marshall's "Big." He also served as musical director of "Saturday Night Live" from 1975 to 1980.

Past recipients of the award include Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, Randy Newman, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri and last year's honoree, Hans Zimmer.

The evening also honored legendary actor/composer/director/producer Clint Eastwood with the Opus Award, which recognizes directors who understand the importance of music in film.

A composer member of ASCAP for his musical contributions to such films as "The Bridges of Madison County" and, most recently, "Mystic River," Eastwood has 24 directing, 17 production and 43 starring film roles to his credit.

The Oscar-winning Eastwood joins past Opus honorees Stanley Donen, Norman Jewison and Robert Wise.

For a complete list of the evening's honorees, see the May 1 issue of Billboard.

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