Oz screens music kudos

Gerrard steals the night at the Aussie awards

SYDNEY — The Australian Screen Music Awards have been gaining a reputation as the most enjoyable night of Oz’s annual kudos season, currently under way.

Dinner for 430 at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel Nov. 1 didn’t disappoint as conductor Nerida Tyson-Chew‘s 40-piece orchestra strummed, blew and plucked through the nominated tunes.

Elizabeth Drake took out the best feature film score for “Japanese Story,” while Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon and Richard Tognetti collected best soundtrack trophy for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.”

But international achievement award winner Lisa Gerrard stole the night.

To thunderous applause the composer of “The Insider,” “Gladiator” and “Layer Cake” acknowledged how difficult and humiliating “the path of music can be.” She added: “As Australians we have an artistic voice that is unique in the world, and I want to encourage all of you (to) stay true to your own voice.”

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