The Guild of Music Supervisors has announced the list of nominees for their seventh annual awards event taking place on Thursday, Feb. 16, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The awards will recognize Music Supervisors in 14 categories representing Motion Picture, Television, Games and Trailers.
Gary LeMel, will receive the “Music Supervisors Legacy Award,” a career-based award for excellence in the field of music in media. LeMel is known as the long-serving President of Music at the Warner Bros. film studio. During his 23 years in that position, LeMel established himself as an industry innovator with a talent for bringing together pop music and film projects in ways that benefited song and movie both commercially and artistically. Having worked on the music for over 500 films, LeMel is credited as “The Godfather of the Modern soundtrack” and successes include the Batman franchise, the Harry Potter films, the Ocean’s Eleven series and the Matrix films. Last year the inaugural “Music Supervisors Legacy Award,” was presented to Chris Montan, President of Walt Disney Music.
Motion pictures including Deadpool, La La Land, Bad Moms, Sing, Captain Fantastic and Sausage Party are feature films that received nominations this year. American Horror Story: Hotel, American Idol: The Farewell Season, Empire, Girls, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story are included in the television categories. In the Games category, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Infinite Warfare and FIFA were highlighted as nominees. Film trailer nominations include The Girl on The Train, The Accountant, The Lego Batman Movie and Suicide Squad. Nominees for Best Music Supervision in Ads/Brands will be announced in the coming weeks.
“One look at the critically acclaimed and commercially successful media titles of 2016 and the incredible work of Music Supervisors is crystal clear,” said John Houlihan, President of the Guild of Music Supervisors. He continued, “Our guild nominee list highlights the essential role that music supervisors have played in the best film, television, advertising, games and trailers of 2016.”
For the second year in a row, this annual event will be hosted at the Theatre at Ace Hotel as the restored, 1,600-seat movie venue has served as Los Angeles' epicenter for art and modern entertainment for almost a century. The venue selection is intended as a nod to the role that music has contributed to the history of motion picture. The evening will also feature special performances, which will be announced at a later date.
For more information and the complete list of nominations, visit gmsawards.com.