UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP EARNS NINE OSCAR NOMINATIONS
Amy Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film
SANTA MONICA, January 15, 2016 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, and its recording artists and songwriters yesterday received nine Oscar nominations from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences including Best Documentary Feature Film for Amy, about the life of six-time Grammy award-winning British singer Amy Winehouse.
The Academy Award nomination marks the first for Amy director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees. The film’s executive producers are David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK and Ireland, and Adam Barker, Universal Music UK’s Director of Business Affairs. Amy was co-produced by UMG’s Globe alongside On The Corner, the production company of Kapadia and Gay-Rees.
“Our presence in film and television is an important part of our growth strategy and provides our artists with new opportunities and underscores their massive appeal beyond recorded music,” said Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. “These nominations highlight the progress we’ve made in just a short period of time and I offer my sincerest congratulations to all our nominees.”
In addition to the documentary, UMG recording artists and songwriters with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) collected three Oscar nominations for Best Music-Original Song and five for Best Music–Original Score.
UMG recording artists and songwriters nominated for Original Song include Sam Smith with UMPG’s Jimmy Napes for “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre; The Weeknd with UMPG’s Stephan Moccio and Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville for “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey; and Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, who is represented by UMPG, for “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground.
In the Original Score category, UMG distributed the sound recordings for all five nominations: Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies, Carter Burwell for Carol, Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario, John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight. UMPG, through Dreamworks Studios, represents Newman’s Bridge of Spies score.
The Academy Award nominations follow wins at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards for Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes for “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre for Best Original Song–Motion Picture and Ennio Morricone for Best Original Score–Motion Picture for The Hateful Eight. UMG recording artist Lady Gaga won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her acting role in American Horror Story: Hotel.
The Academy Awards will be held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast live on February 28 at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.