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Jan. 14, 1998

Conti named musical director of 70th Academy Awards

Bill Conti has been tapped as musical director of the 70th Academy Awards, marking the 13th time the composer has wielded the baton at the Oscar ceremony.

Conti won an Oscar for his original score of 1983’s “The Right Stuff,” and has two other nominations for songs. He won an Emmy for the 64th Academy Awards telecast.

Conti currently is scoring movie projects “Wrongfully Accused” and “The Real McCaw.”

The Oscars will be March 23, with ABC broadcasting the ceremony live starting at 6 p.m. (PST).

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