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Music Oscar nominees attend SCL reception

Most of the music Oscar nominees showed up at the Society of Composers & Lyricists annual reception, held Saturday afternoon at composer John Cacavas’ house in Beverly Hills.

A notable exception was Randy Newman, who got a big laugh despite being in Illinois. Charles Bernstein, event chairman, said he talked to the “Toy Story 3” songwriter, and Newman told him that he weighed being at the SCL fete versus the $750 he’d make performing in Chicago and “it really was no contest.”

“Tangled” songwriter Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast”) did make the party and cringed when his lyricist partner Glenn Slater said, “wherever I go with Alan Menken, people run up to him and say, ‘You wrote the soundtrack to my childhood!’ “

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