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ASCAP fetes film, TV tunesmiths

Angelo Badalamenti, Alf Clausen receive career kudos

At ASCAP’s 26th annual Film & Television Music Awards on Thursday, the parade of composers receiving kudos for music from 2010’s top B.O. earners included James Horner (“The Karate Kid”), Hans Zimmer (“Inception,” “Megamind”), Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3”) and Trent Reznor (“The Social Network”).

Michael Giacchino (“Lost,” “Undercovers”) was honored for both the highest number of performance credits in television and for the highest-rated TV series. Other familiar names receiving movie laurels in the Beverly Hilton’s grand ballroom included Carter Burwell (“True Grit”), John Debney (“Iron Man 2,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Yogi Bear”) and James Newton Howard (“The Last Airbender,” “Salt,” “The Tourist”). Others included Jon Brion (“The Other Guys”), Michael Brook (“The Fighter”), John Powell (“How To Train Your Dragon”), Trevor Rabin (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), Glenn Slater (“Tangled”) and Marc Streitenfeld (“Robin Hood”).

In all, 20 composers were decorated for their work in film, while more than 80 maestros received plaques for their TV music by the performance rights organization.

But the standout stars of the evening were career honorees Angelo Badalamenti, best known for his work with David Lynch (“Twin Peaks,” “Blue Velvet”), and Alf Clausen, who has been scoring “The Simpsons” for more than 20 years.Badalamenti received ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award, whose past recipients included some of those recognized during the course of the evening, including Burwell, Newman, Zimmer and Howard. While Clausen, in receiving the Golden Note Award, followed in the footsteps of past honorees Mark Snow, Andre Previn, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder.

Both finished the show with performances: Badalamenti with an 11-piece band, and Clausen with a 17-piece ensemble.

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