Pictured (L to R): Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast Committee & Event Co-Chair Mike Todd, SHOF Inductee/Board Member and Host Paul Williams, Best Song nominees Anthony Rossomando, SHOF Inductee Diane Warren, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Variety Editor and Moderator Chris Willman, SHOF Board Member and West Coast Chair Mary Jo Mennella and Event Producer and Co-chair Ray Costa. (all photos by Vern Evans)
HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13, 2019) -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) presented its third-annual Oscar® season industry event, inviting writers from all five of the films nominated for the 2019 Oscar for Best Original Song to take part.
Over 300 people, including students, film/TV and music industry executives attended the exclusive SHOF event at LA Film School in Hollywood. Oscar® nominees attending included SHOF Inductee Diane Warren, songwriter of "I'LL FIGHT" from RBG; Anthony Rossomando songwriter of "SHALLOW" from A Star Is Born; and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the songwriters of "THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO" from Mary Poppins Returns.
Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast Committee Chair and Board Member Mary Jo Mennella opened the program and introduced Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Board Member Paul Williams, himself a 1977 Academy Awards winner of Best Original Song for “Evergreen” (Love Theme from A Star Is Born), who addressed the audience and participated in the conversations which were moderated on stage by journalist Chris Willman of Variety. Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast Committee member Mike Todd and Ray Costa of Costa Communications served as event chairs.
Read more about this event in an in-depth article by Justin Moreau in Variety here!