UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP WINS THREE OSCARS
Company and Artists Recognized for Best Documentary, Original Song and Score
SANTA MONICA, February 29, 2016 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, and its recording artists and songwriters won three Oscars at last night’s 88th Annual Academy Awards including Best Documentary Feature Film for Amy, about the life of six-time Grammy award-winning British singer Amy Winehouse.
The documentary Academy Award was the first Oscar 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.
UMG recording artist Sam Smith and Universal Music Publishing Group’s Jimmy Napes won the Oscar for Best Music-Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” (Capitol) from Spectre. Sam Smith performed the song during the Academy Awards broadcast, which also included performances from UMG artists Lady Gaga and The Weeknd.
The Oscar for Best Music–Original Score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight (Decca Records). UMG distributed all five nominated soundtracks.
The Academy Awards success comes on the heels of a strong showing for last week at The Brits, where UMG’s family of labels and artists accounted for five awards: James Bay (Republic) won British Male Solo Artist; Tame Impala (Modular/Interscope) won for International Group; Justin Bieber (Def Jam) won International Male Solo Artist; Catfish & the Bottlemen (Communion) was named British Breakthrough Act; and the Critics Choice Award went to Jack Garratt (Interscope).
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.
Universal Music Group’s labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.
Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.