ASCAP sung the praises of film and TV’s tunesmiths during the org’s 18th annual black-tie gala Wednesday night in BevHills.
The composers, feted for their work on scores and TV themes, confessed trepidation at their moment in the spotlight. “I hate being onstage,” said veteran film composer Hans Zimmer, who received the Henry Mancini award for lifetime achievement. “I like sitting in a dark little room writing music. I like hiding behind the movies.”
Diane Warren, still reeling from her recent appearance on “American Idol,” chimed in: “When they told me I had to go onstage, I almost had a heart attack,” she said.
Also in attendance were Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ridley Scott and ASCAP prexy Marilyn Bergman; “24” stars Xander Berkeley and Sarah Clarke; “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman; Ginny Mancini (wife of Henry); and honorees Howard Shore, James Newton Howard, John Powell, Nick Glennie-Smith, Ken Jourdan and Rick Marotta.