Sam Smith and AMY both win Oscars – as Universal enjoys triple triumph


The Oscars were a big night for Universal Music Group after all.

The 88th Academy Awards, which took place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles last night (Feb 28), resulted in awards for both Capitol-signed Sam Smith and the UMG-produced movie AMY.

Just like it did at the BAFTAs, AMY – the harrowing real-life tale of Amy Winehouse – picked up the prize for Best Documentary.

Director Asif Kapadia told the Oscars crowd: “This film is about Amy and showing the world who she really was, not the tabloid persona. We just wanted to make a film to show the world who she really was.”

AMY was funded by Universal Music Group, produced by James Gay-Rees and exec produced by both Universal Music UK’s boss David Joseph and Director of Business Affairs Adam Barker.

“We just wanted to make a film to show the world who she really was.”

Asif Kapadia, AMY Director

Meanwhile, Sam Smith’s Writing On the Wall won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 2016 ceremony.

The title track from Bond movie Spectre, which collected a Golden Globe earlier this year, was co-written by Jimmy Napes, who joined a visibly emotional Smith on stage to collect the gong.

“I read an article by Sir Ian McKellen saying no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar,” said Smith. “If this the case – even if this isn’t the case – I’d like to dedicate this to all the LGBT community around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together one day.”

Elsewhere in the music prizes, legendary composer Ennio Morricone won the first Oscar of his of his career for Best Original Score for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

To cap off the night for Universal, it was the record company which released The Hateful Eight score via Decca.

The Oscars 2015: All The Winners

Best Picture: Spotlight

Direction: The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Cinematography: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)

Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel

Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Score: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone

Song: Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (Hungary)

Animated Feature: Inside Out

Documentary Feature: Amy

Animated Short: Bear Story

Documentary Short: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Live Action Short: Stutterer

 Music Business Worldwide

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