Danny Elfman will receive the Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Oct. 25 at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
Originally a New Wave rock star with the seminal band Oingo Boingo, Elfman was one of the first rock composers to make a successful leap to the world of film music, blazing a path for later figures like Trent Reznor and Johnny Greenwood.
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Ever since his first major film score, Tim Burton's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure in 1985, Elfman has been among the most gifted and prolific composers in Hollywood history, earning a Grammy for Burton's Batman, an Emmy for "Desperate Housewives," and four Oscar nominations. His compositions, including the theme to "The Simpsons" and scores to most Burton films, are instantly recognizable and often iconic.
THR film critic Todd McCarthy will give the award and host a Q&A with Elfman and Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi. Elfman is the ideal composer for Hitchcock, since one of his chief influences is Hitchcock's frequent composer Bernard Herrmann, whose score for Psycho Elfman "interpreted" for Van Sant's remake.
The Q&A will address not only Hitchcock but Elfman's other award-contender movies, David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, and Burton's Frankenweenie.
Previous recipients of the Maestro Award, a lifetime achievement award for a composer given out annually at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference, include Alan Menken, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer and Marvin Hamlisch.
The conference begins Oct. 23 with a special screening of David Chase's directorial debut Not Fade Away and continues Oct. 24 and 25 with panels and keynote Q&A's on the state of music in film and television. Keynote speakers are Christina Aguilera, Antonio "L.A." Reid and Gustavo Santaolalla.
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