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Composer James Newton Howard to Be Honored for Career Achievement by BMI

James Newton
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Performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. is presenting its career achievement laurel, the BMI Icon Award, to composer James Newton Howard at its 2016 Film & Television Awards, to be held May 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The remarkably prolific film and TV maestro, with almost 150 scoring credits to his name dating back to 1985, has been nominated for a total of eight Oscars in the original song and music categories, which include his work for “The Prince of Tides,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “The Fugitive.”

His latest score is for “The Hunstman: Winter’s War,” which opens April 22, following his work on the blockbuster that spawned it, “Snow White and the Huntsman” (2012). He’s also scored the entire “The Hunger Games” franchise, and last year’s “Concussion.”

“He is truly one of the most revered film composers in the world because of his masterful chameleon-like skills,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI VP of film/TV relations, in a statement.

Also being honored at the ceremony is David Newman, who will receive the Classic Contribution Award for his “advocacy of film music performances in concert halls, most notably through his work with the American Youth Symphony,” according to BMI. Newman’s family film-heavy canon includes the music for “The Cat in the Hat,” “Scooby-Do” and “The Ice Age,” as well as more grown-up fare like “The Affair of the Necklace” and “Bowfinger.”

The event will also acknowledge the composers behind the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.