2012 Charles Dickens Dinner Honorees
USC Thornton Legacy Award, James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard is one of the industry's most versatile and in-demand composers, with more than 100 motion picture and television scores to his credit. Howard has received eight Oscar nominations, including six for Best Original Score for Defiance, Michael Clayton, The Village, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Fugitive and The Prince of Tides, and two for Best Original Song from Junior and One Fine Day.
In addition to the films mentioned above, Howard's long list of credits includes The Bourne Legacy, Snow White and The Huntsman, The Hunger Games, Water For Elephants, Salt, The Dark Knight (for which he won the 2009 Grammy Award along with Hans Zimmer), Blood Diamond, King Kong, I Am Legend, The Sixth Sense, Signs, Freedomland, Batman Begins, The Interpreter, Collateral, Hidalgo, Peter Pan, Dinosaur, Runaway Bride, Primal Fear, Outbreak, Wyatt Earp, Dave, Falling Down, Grand Canyon, My Girl and Pretty Woman, among others.
Also honored for his work in television, Howard won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme for the series Gideon's Crossing and earned Emmy nominations in the same category for ER and Men. His upcoming films include M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent.
John C. Argue Dickens Medal of Honor, Wells Fargo Foundation
The Wells Fargo Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that make significant contributions to the quality of life in communities nationwide. The Foundation promotes economic development and self-sufficiency through community development, financial education, cash contributions, affordable housing, environmental stewardship, and through the efforts of their team member volunteers.
When it comes to the arts, Wells Fargo is an ardent contributor to music and provides significant support to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, LA Opera, the Ahmanson Theater and numerous other organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Wells Fargo was named the third-largest corporate cash donor by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2011, during which they invested $213.5 million in 19,000 nonprofits nationwide, including $50 million to educational organizations, with an additional $18.5 million in matched educational donations from team members, which Wells Fargo matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 per team member. The positive impact of these contributions has been felt in cities and neighborhoods across the nation and here in Los Angeles.
In addition to grant giving, Wells Fargo Foundation is teaching financial education thus creating affordable and sustainable housing and building an even stronger supplier network that reflects the demographics of the communities in which they work.