The conductor’s score and parts were all prepared using Sibelius by the expert team of copyists led by Booker White in the music office at Disney Studios in Burbank, California, and Michael himself also uses Sibelius.
Echoing the sentiments of many others who are delighted to see Michael win an Oscar, Booker told me, “It was a good day for all of us who have been with Michael since the beginning of his film career.”
Michael’s much-praised acceptance speech has a timely message for all young people thinking about entering the music or movie industries:
When I was nine and I asked my dad, “Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8 millimeter camera that was in your drawer?” And he goes, “Sure, take it.” And I took it and I started making movies with it and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, “What you’re doing is a waste of time.” Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you’re doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system so if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you.
Many congratulations to Michael, to Booker and his team at Disney, and to everybody else who played a part in this well-deserved award!