David Arnold honoured at 2007 BMI Awards for Casino Royale score

Casino Royale - 17-10-07
Golden Globe-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, Grammy-winning composer David Arnold, and composing brothers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams were among the winners in the 2007 BMI London Awards announced Tuesday evening, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

The film and television music prizes were among honors handed out to members of Britain's Performing Rights Society and other European rights services for top play in the U.S. in 2006 at the American music rights organization's annual London shindig.

"Unwritten," by Danielle Brisebois and Natasha Bedingfield, picked up the Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year. Former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel was named a BMI Icon for his "influence on generations of music makers."

Speaking at a private gathering in advance of the event, BMI president and CEO Del Bryant said the non-profit organization has had three consecutive years of record results. "It's been an exceptional year, with $840 million in earnings for performing rights," Bryant said. "Radio in the United States is having a rough time and so are record companies. This is a hedge against the problems we're having with the mechanicals."

Bryant reminded Gabriel that the first song he registered with BMI, almost 40 years ago, was titled "Where the Sour Turns to Sweet." The songwriter, whose songs have appeared in numerous films and who composed the score for Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" and Phillip Noyce's "Rabbit-Proof Fence," said of the BMI honor: "It means a lot because it's about songwriting. When I realized I was not going to be the world's greatest drummer, that's when I knew it was about the songs. When I saw the list of previous honorees, I'm very proud to be among them."

Other BMI Icons include Ray Davies, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Dolly Parton, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

In this year's film prizes, Desplat was honored for his Golden Globe-winning score for John Curran's "The Painted Veil" and his music for Stephen Frears' "The Queen," which picked up Oscar and BAFTA nominations. The French composer scored Ang Lee's latest, "Lust, Caution," and Chris Weitz's upcoming fantasy adventure "The Golden Compass."

Arnold, a Grammy winner for "Independence Day," was cited for his score to "Casino Royale." He composed the music for three previous James Bond films and is on board for the untitled "Bond 22" plus the animated "Agent Crush" and comedy "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." Arnold, who is also very busy in the pop world working with such acts as the Kaiser Chiefs, has scored TV's "Stargate SG-1" since 1997.

Rupert Gregson-Williams was honored for the Adam Sandler comedy "Click" and DreamWorks Animation's "Over the Hedge." Previous films include "Hotel Rwanda" and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." He has Jerry Seinfeld's animated "Bee Movie" just about to open with Paul Weiland's comedy "Made of Honor" and another Adam Sandler comedy, "You Don't Mess With the Zohan," coming up.

Harry Gregson-Williams won for the Aardman/DreamWorks animated film "Flushed Away" and Tony Scott's Denzel Washington thriller "Deja Vu." His credits include such DreamWorks hits as "Antz" (1998), "Chicken Run" (2000), and "Shrek" (2001) with John Powell. He scored "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (2005) and is working on "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" due in 2008, both directed by Andrew Adamson for Walt Disney.

Also honored was John Murphy for Michael Mann's "Miami Vice." His credits include Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine," and Juan Carlos Fresnadoillo's "28 Weeks Later." Edward Shearmur ("Factory Girl," "The Other Boleyn Girl") was recognized for his Emmy-winning music for the TV series "Masters of Horror."

The BMI TV awards went to Pete Townshend for the three "CSI" series, and also to "Grey's Anatomy" and "House," with cable prizes going to "Dexter" and "The Hills."

Complete awards below:

2007 BMI LONDON AWARDS

Film Music Awards

"Casino Royale," David Arnold (PRS)
"Click," Rupert Gregson-Williams (PRS)
"Deja vu," Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)
"Flushed Away," Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)
"Miami Vice," John Murphy (PRS)
"Over the Hedge," Rupert Gregson-Williams (PRS)
"The Queen," Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

TV Music Awards

"CSI," Pete Townshend (PRS)
"CSI: Miami," Pete Townshend (PRS)
"CSI: NY," Pete Townshend (PRS)
"Grey's Anatomy," Carim Clasmann (PRS), Galia Durant (PRS)
"House," Robert Del Naja (PRS), Grantley Marshall (PRS), Andrew Vowles (PRS)

Cable Awards
"Dexter," Rolfe Kent (PRS)
"The Hills," Natasha Bedingfield (PRS)

Emmy Award
"Masters of Horror," Edward Shearmur (BMI)

Golden Globe Award
"The Painted Veil," Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

The Robert S. Musel Award
"Unwritten," Natasha Bedingfield (PRS), Danielle Brisebois (BMI)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Natasha Bedingfield

College Song
"Crazy"
GianFranco Reverberi (SIAE), GianPiero Reverberi (SIAE), Cee-Lo Green (BMI)
Universal Music Publishing Ricordi srl (SIAE)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Gnarls Barkley

Internet Award
"You're Beautiful"
James Blunt (PRS), Amanda Ghost (PRS), Sacha Skarbek (PRS)
Bucks Music Group Ltd. (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
James Blunt

Dance Award
"Dare"
Damon Albarn (PRS), Jamie Hewlett (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder

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