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August 18, 2014
Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Music
Silvestri's long-awaited return to TV soars the Cosmos with twin Emmys by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri won his first two Emmys for television – for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey – Saturday night during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at LA Live's Nokia Theatre.
Silvestri won for both Music Composition in a Series (Original Dramatic Score) and Main Title Theme Music for the 13-part Fox documentary series.
The 64-year-old composer of such classic movie scores as Forrest Gump, Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit scored all 13 hours of Cosmos, his first weekly-series gig since scoring CHiPs in the early 1980s. These were his first Emmy nominations in a 40-year career of writing music for films and TV.
He thanked members of the production and music team including, he said, "the voice of Neil DeGrasse Tyson," an in-joke for those who had heard him talk about how important host Tyson's performance had been in leading him in the right musical direction for each episode.
Other Emmy winners in music categories Saturday night included British composers Michael Price and David Arnold for Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for the Sherlock installment "His Last Vow." Price was on hand to accept; Arnold is in England preparing for the opening of his West End musical Made in Dagenham.
Producer Don Was won in the Music Direction category for The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, the three-hour Grammy special commemorating the Fab Four's 1964 arrival in the U.S.
Songwriters Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Original Music and Lyrics category for their eight-minute song "Bigger!" which opened the 67th Annual Tony Awards and was sung by Neil Patrick Harris.
A two-hour condensed version of Saturday's Creative Arts show will air at 8 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific) Sunday, Aug. 24, on FXM; the entire three-and-a-half-hour show will be streamed as part of the Backstage Live! show on emmys.com at 12 noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern) on Monday, Aug. 25.
The 66th Emmy Awards telecast will air at 8 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific) Monday Aug. 25 on NBC.
©2014 Jon Burlingame