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Monday, December 10 at 6:30 PM

Hosted at Dolby Screening Room Hollywood Vine

6321 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

TheWrap hosts an intimate evening with Academy Award contenders for Best Original Song, presented by Dolby Laboratories. The night kicks off with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by a panel at 7:30 p.m. Esteemed panelists include Drew Pearson, Diane Warren, Brett McLaughlin, Phil Johnston, Boots Riley, Keegan DeWitt, Sounwave, and more.

Panelists at TheWrap’s 2017 celebration of songwriting

A live discussion will be moderated by TheWrap Awards Editor Steve Pond, preceded by a recorded performance of each song up for an Oscar nomination.

Seating is limited at this exclusive event and priority will be given to music branch members. The Audience will consist of A-list Hollywood influencers, Academy voters, guild leaders and musicians.

TheWrap’s awards editor Steve Pond speaks with Elvis Costello

and other panelists at the 2017 Best Song Contenders event


Steve Pond


Steve Pond, awards editor at TheWrap, is also author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Big Show. He has been covering entertainment for more than…

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Keegan DeWitt

"Blink (One Million Miles)" & "Everything Must Go" From "Hearts Beat Loud"

DeWitt is one of the more versatile and exciting young composers currently working in film and TV. Whether adding a refreshing voice to larger projects…

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Phil Johnston

"A Place Called Slaughter Race" From "Ralph Breaks the Internet"

Johnston co-directed and co-wrote “Ralph Breaks the Internet” — along with co-writing the song “A Place Called Slaughter Race” for the film. He first came…

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Brett McLaughlin

"Revelation" From "Boy Erased"

Brett McLaughlin, aka Leland, is a Golden Globe nominated songwriter, composer and executive producer who has contributed to some of pop music’s most influential releases…

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Aoife O’Donovan

"Are You There" From "What They Had"

Called “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, O’Donovan has collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music, including Yo-Yo…

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Drew Pearson

"Here Comes the Change" From "On the Basis of Sex"

Drew Pearson is a Grammy-nominated American songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has written and produced for artists such as Kesha, Galantis, Kygo, Michelle Branch and…

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Boots Riley

"OYAHYTT" From "Sorry to Bother You"

The writer-director of “Sorry to Bother You,” Riley put in two decades as leader of funk/punk/hip-hop band The Coup, where he penned six albums to widespread critical…

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"All the Stars" From "Black Panther"

Sounwave, born Mark Spears, is a record producer from Compton, California, whose credits include Kendrick Lamar’s mixtape/album Section.80 and three songs on Lamar’s critically acclaimed second album Good…

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Diane Warren

"I'll Fight" From "RBG"

Diane Warren is one of the most prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time. Her songs have been featured in more than 100 motion…

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Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” & “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” From “Mary Poppins Returns”

GRAMMY® and Tony Award®-winner Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray,” “South Park”) and Tony winner and three-time Emmy® nominee Scott Wittman (“Hairspray,” “Smash”), who are fans of the unforgettable music from the first film written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, were thrilled to join the team for “Mary Poppins Returns”. Drawing inspiration from the legendary songwriters, Shaiman crafted a beautiful new score and wrote the music and, together with Wittman, the lyrics for nine all-new original songs.