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Success at Oscars for UK Session Musicians

Our members and approved contractors contributed to some of the soundtracks of the very best films won and nominated.

Published: 15 March 2023 | 11:50 AM Updated: 17 March 2023 | 12:04 PM
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"The UK continues to lead the way in film music soundtrack and song recording". Image credit: Shutterstock.

This year was the 95th Academy Awards and on March 12, the Oscars took place at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood to celebrate movies released in 2022.

All of the below listed films had soundtracks recorded here in the UK, some of which saw contributions from MU members, as well as our own approved fixers:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front: WINNER – Music (Original Score), WINNER – International Feature Film, WINNER – Cinematography, WINNER – Best Production Design, NOMINEE - Best Picture.
  • The Whale: WINNER - Best Actor, WINNER – Makeup and Hair Styling
  • Elvis: NOMINEE – Best Picture, NOMINEE – Actor in a Leading Role, NOMINEE – Cinematography, NOMINEE – Costume Design, NOMINEE – Film Editing
  • The Banshees of Inisherin: NOMINEE – Music (Original Score), NOMINEE – Best Picture, NOMINEE – Actor in a Leading Role, NOMINEE – Actor in a Supporting Role, NOMINEE – Directing, NOMINEE – Film Editing
  • Living: NOMINEE – Actor in a Leading Role
  • Black Panther – Wakanda Forever: WINNER – Costume Design, NOMINEE – Music (Best Original Song), NOMINEE – Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: WINNER – Animated Feature Film
  • Mrs Harris goes to Paris: NOMINEE – Costume Design
  • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse: WINNER - Short Film (Animated)- Special congratulations to Isobel Waller-Bridge and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Our members and approved contractors are at the heart of this great UK success

Geoff Ellerby, MU National Organiser for Recording & Broadcasting, said:

“The UK continues to lead the way in film music soundtrack and song recording. Our members and approved contractors are at the heart of this great UK success. Truly inspirational work across the board - performing, conducting, arranging, music copying and library work.

A special congratulations to our extremely hard-working approved contractors who book the players, negotiate with Producers and work with the MU on a daily basis to ensure musicians are properly paid with favourable contract terms.”

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