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ASCAP caps tunesmiths

Donen, Howard, Shaiman feted at Film & TV Awards

Singing “S’ Wonderful,” director Stanley Donen celebrated his being honored at ASCAP’s 15th annual Film & TV Awards by dancing atop an onstage chair. The 76-year-old Donen received the performing rights org’s Opus Award at a gala dinner event held at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday.

More than 800 org members attended the black-tie celebration, which honored the scribes and composers of ASCAP’s most-performed TV themes as well as the scores and themes from the top box office-grossing films.

Prolific film composer James Newton Howard took home the org’s prestigious Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by ASCAP prexy-chair Marilyn Bergman, producer-director-writer Lawrence Kasdan and producer Frank Marshall. Bergman, actress Angie Dickinson and writer Larry Gelbart co-presented Donen’s award as well.

Donen’s burst of enthusiasm was hard to top, but composer-award winner Marc Shaiman’s performance of a specially written, witty, affectionate salute to “The Queens Behind the Scenes” came comically close.

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