Wow, that was one hell of an Oscar reception! I went to the annual Society of Composer and Lyricists reception honoring the Oscar Nominees in the music categories, as I have for the past few years. Showing up for the reception were not only a few of the expected nominees, but also a few surprises. First I noticed Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, directors of Finding Nemo hanging out with agent Mike Gorfaine. We chatted for a little bit, and shortly thereafter, a big crowd showed up. This consisted of Howard Shore, his wife, his assistant, and…. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. And yes, I got to chat with Peter and Fran a little bit, too. Thomas Newman then showed up, as well as Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole. It was nice to chat with them yet again – such friendly folks! Seems that Michael will be replacing Harvey Firestein in Hairspray on Broadway this summer – so that will be interesting, to say the least! Hopefully I can make it out to NYC to see it!
Others that showed up included the usual suspects: Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Arthur Hiller, Bruce Broughton, Alf Clausen, Lee Holdridge, Jon Burlingame, Nick Redman, Lukas Kendall (who promptly turned tail and fled when he saw Nick), and many many more.
After the obligatory introductions and photo-ops were taken care of, I noticed another guy had joined the fray: John Lasseter. Now I am a huge fan of John’s, and it was a great honor to chat with him. Of course, it didn’t hurt to mention Carnegie Mellon – his wife went there, his son went there, and of course, my old computer graphics teacher used to be at Pixar. Overall, it was a great reception – probably the best they’ve had so far, with a really wonderful turnout! Can’t wait for next year! Meanwhile, be sure to check out my photo gallery!