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Thomas Newman

Biography

Award-winning musician who provided the scores for “The Green Mile” and “Finding Nemo.” He received his initial Academy Award nomination for his creation from the Shawshank Redemption soundtrack. He was mainly centered on musical theatre in early stages, collaborating frequently with Stephen Sondheim. He caused John Williams on orchestrating Darth Vader’s loss of life picture in ‘Celebrity Wars VI: Come back from the Jedi’ from 1983. He was affected by his dad Alfred Newman who was simply a famous Hollywood film composer. His cousin was documenting designer Randy Newman. He obtained the film “Gung Ho” for movie director Ron Howard.

Quick Facts


Full Name Thomas Newman
Date Of Birth October 20, 1955
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Height 1.78 m
Profession Composer
Education University of Southern California, Yale University
Nationality American
Spouse Ann Marie Zirbes
Parents Alfred Newman, Martha Montgomery
Siblings David Newman, Maria Newman, Tim Newman
Awards Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella, AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, Classic Brit Award for Soundtrack of the Year, BMI Film Music Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, Academy Award for Best Original Song, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score, Saturn Award for Best Music, Satellite Award for Best Original Score, World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year, Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score
Movies American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, Road to Perdition, WALL-E, Meet Joe Black, Skyfall, Passenger, Spectre, Finding Dory, Bridge of Spies, The Green Mile, Revolutionary Road, The Horse Whisperer, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Saving Mr. Banks, Fried Green Tomatoes, Little Women, Scent of a Woman, The Help, Pay It Forward, Erin Brockovich, The Good German, The Adjustment Bureau, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Desperately Seeking Susan, How to Make an American Quilt, Jarhead, Little Children, Unstrung Heroes, The Lost Boys, Cinderella Man, Less Than Zero, White Oleander, Oscar and Lucinda, Revenge of the Nerds, Phenomenon, The Iron Lady, Red Corner, Real Genius, The Great Outdoors, The Debt, Gung Ho, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Salton Sea, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Men Don't Leave, American Buffalo, In the Bedroom, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Light of Day
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1Brother of Tim Newman.
2The well known marimba part which begins and plays throughout American Beauty (1999) was actually written by the marimba player, who was just playing around during a preliminary recording session.
3His scores for American Beauty (1999) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) were nominated for AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores. Neither made the list.
4Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association.
5Stepson of veteran film composer Robert O. Ragland.
6During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, parts of his score to Road to Perdition (2002) was used during a reflective piece on the life of Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luger killed during a training session hours before the Olympic games began.
7Part of his score for Angels in America (2003) was used in the trailer for Milk (2008).
8Part of his score to Angels in America (2003) was used in the trailer for Love in the Time of Cholera (2007).
9Scored 2/5 of the Best Picture nominees in 1999: American Beauty (1999) and The Green Mile (1999).
10Has scored at least one Oscar-nominated film every year since 1994: 1994: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (Nominee: Best Pic, etc.), Little Women (1994) (Nominee: Best Score, etc.) 1995: Unstrung Heroes (1995) (Nominee: Best Score) 1996: The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) (Nominee: Best Director, etc.) 1997: Oscar and Lucinda (1997) (Nominee: Best Costume Design) 1998: The Horse Whisperer (1998) (Nominee: Best Song) 1999: American Beauty (1999) (Winner: Best Pic, etc.), The Green Mile (1999) (Nominee: Best Pic, etc.) 2000: Erin Brockovich (2000) (Nominee: Best Actress, etc.) 2001: In the Bedroom (2001) (Nominee: Best Pic, etc.) 2002: Road to Perdition (2002) (Nominee: Best Score, etc.) 2003: Finding Nemo (2003) (Winner: Best Animated Feature, etc.) 2004: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) (Nominee: Best Makeup, etc.) 2005: Cinderella Man (2005) (Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, etc.) 2006: The Good German (2006) (Nominee: Best Score), Little Children (2006) (Nominee: Best Actress, etc.).
11Part of his score to Jarhead (2005) was used in the trailer for The Last King of Scotland (2006).
12During Tina Turner's video biography at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors, part of Oprah Winfrey''s narration was accompanied by a portion of Newman's score to Road to Perdition (2002).
13Parts of his score to The Shawshank Redemption (1994) were used in the trailer for Brokeback Mountain (2005), and All the King's Men (2006).
14Parts of his scores to both American Beauty (1999) and Pay It Forward (2000) were used in the trailer for About Schmidt (2002).
15Part of his score to Unstrung Heroes (1995) was used in the trailer for Adaptation. (2002).
16Lives in the house in which he grew up (designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright), and writes in the same home studio used by his father Alfred Newman.
17Prior to scoring Reckless (1984), Newman wrote music for off-Broadway productions, theater, and bands "The Innocents" and "Tokyo 77".
18Part of his score to The War (1994) was used in the trailers to both American Beauty (1999) and Life as a House (2001).
19As with the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, pieces from Newman's scores were used amidst biographies of Olympians such as Leann Parsley during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
20During the 2000 Summer Olympics, parts of his scores to Erin Brockovich (2000), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and How to Make an American Quilt (1995) (and possibly others) were played on NBC during short biographies of certain athletes.
21Has 3 children - Evan, Julia & Jack.
22Graduated from Yale University with a masters in music composition Keyboard player for "The Innocents" rock band
23Son of composer Alfred Newman; nephew of Lionel Newman and Emil Newman; cousin of Randy Newman; brother of composer David Newman, Maria Newman; cousin of composer Joey Newman.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spectre2015/Iconductor
Saving Mr. Banks2013conductor
Susanna2013TV Series main and end title music by - 12 episodes
Paloma2013TV Series main and end title music by - 4 episodes
Ro2012TV Series main and end title music by - 6 episodes
Mary2012/IShort main and end title music by
Kendra2012TV Series main and end title music by - 8 episodes
Gumdrop2012Short main title music
Audrey2012TV Series main and end title music by - 6 episodes
Celia2012Short main and end title music
Skyfall2012conductor
Ruth & Erica2012TV Series main and end title music by - 13 episodes
Georgia2012TV Series main and end title music by - 3 episodes
Vanessa & Jan2012TV Series main and end title music by - 6 episodes
Rochelle2012TV Series main and end title music by - 3 episodes
The NewsroomTV Series main title theme by - 8 episodes, 2012 composer - 1 episode, 2012
Jennifer2012Short main and end title music by
Leslie2012TV Series main and end title music by - 2 episodes
Lauren2012TV Series main and end title music by - 3 episodes
Christine2012TV Series main and end title arrangement - 12 episodes
Dakota2012TV Series main and end title arrangement - 3 episodes
Allison2012Short main and end title music by
Denise2012Short main and end title music by
Blue2012TV Series main and end title arrangement - 12 episodes
Jan2012TV Series main and end title music by - 15 episodes
Serena2012Short main and end title music by
The Iron Lady2011conductor
The Debt2010/Iconductor
A Son's War2009Short music consultant
WALL·E2008conductor
Foxed Out2007Video documentary short composer: extract of American Beauty theme by
Little Children2006conductor
Life and Loss: The Impact of 'Six Feet Under'2006TV Movie documentary composer: title theme
Six Feet Under2002-2005TV Series composer - 30 episodes
A Series of Unfortunate Events2004conductor
Boston Public2003-2004TV Series composer - 24 episodes
3.z2002TV Movie documentary composer: song "Any Other Name"
Ice Age2002musician: keyboard - uncredited
The Salton Sea2002conductor / musician: piano
Pasadena2001TV Series composer: promotions
The Green Mile1999conductor - uncredited / music producer - uncredited
American Beauty1999musician: piano/saxophone - uncredited
American Buffalo1996musician / orchestrator
The Shawshank Redemption1994conductor - uncredited / music producer - uncredited
Corrina, Corrina1994composer: themes
Whispers in the Dark1992conductor
JFK1991orchestrator - uncredited
Less Than Zero1987orchestrator - uncredited
The Man with One Red Shoe1985orchestrator - uncredited
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983orchestrator - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Career Opportunities1991
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael1990
Naked Tango1990
Against the Law1990TV Series
Heat Wave1990TV Movie
Men Don't Leave1990
Rhythm Nation 18141990Short
Cookie1989
The Great Outdoors1988
The Prince of Pennsylvania1988
Less Than Zero1987
The Lost Boys1987
Light of Day1987
Jumpin' Jack Flash1986
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985-1986TV Series 2 episodes
Gung Ho1986
Amazing Stories1985TV Series 1 episode
Summer's End1985Short
Real Genius1985
The Man with One Red Shoe1985
Girls Just Want to Have Fun1985
Desperately Seeking Susan1985
Otherworld1985TV Mini-Series 1 episode
Grandview, U.S.A.1984
Revenge of the Nerds1984
Reckless1984
The Seduction of Gina1984TV Movie
The Paper Chase1979TV Series 1 episode
Untitled Disney Animation Project2020announced
Passengers2016/Icompleted
Finding Dory2016
Spectre2015/Imusic by
Bridge of Spies2015
He Named Me Malala2015Documentary
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel2015
The Judge2014
Get on Up2014
Saving Mr. Banks2013
Lauren2013TV Series 12 episodes
James Bond 007 Vs. The Joker2013Short soundtrack version
The Very Hungry Caterpillar2013Short
Wright vs. Wrong2013Short
Side Effects2013/I
Skyfall2012
The Newsroom2012TV Series 1 episode
The Iron Lady2011
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel2011
The Help2011
The Adjustment Bureau2011
La siesta de Jacinto2010Short
The Debt2010/I
Brothers2009/I
Autumn of Youth2009Short
Revolutionary Road2008
WALL·E2008original score composed by
Towelhead2007
The Good German2006
Little Children2006
Jarhead2005music by
La femme dans la chambre2005Short
Cinderella Man2005
A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film - A Woeful World2004Video documentary
A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence from the Making of the Film - Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises2004Documentary short
A Series of Unfortunate Events2004
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'2004Video documentary short
Six Feet Under2004TV Series 1 episode
Angels in America2003TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Finding Nemo2003
White Oleander2002
Road to Perdition2002
The Salton Sea2002
The Execution of Wanda Jean2002Documentary
In the Bedroom2001
Pay It Forward2000
My Khmer Heart2000Documentary
Walking the Mile2000Video documentary short
Erin Brockovich2000
The Green Mile1999
American Beauty1999
Meet Joe Black1998
The Horse Whisperer1998
Oscar and Lucinda1997
Red Corner1997
Mad City1997
The People vs. Larry Flynt1996
American Buffalo1996
Phenomenon1996
Up Close & Personal1996
How to Make an American Quilt1995
Unstrung Heroes1995
Little Women1994
The War1994
The Shawshank Redemption1994
The Favor1994
Threesome1994
Josh and S.A.M.1993
Flesh and Bone1993
Scent of a Woman1992
Citizen Cohn1992TV Movie
Whispers in the Dark1992
The Player1992
Those Secrets1992TV Movie
Fried Green Tomatoes1991
The Linguini Incident1991
Deceived1991
The Rapture1991

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disney Magic Kingdom2016Video Game performer: "First Day", "Define Dancing" / writer: "First Day", "Define Dancing", "Wall-E Theme"
Slash 32015writer: "American Beauty"
The NewsroomTV Series performer - 6 episodes, 2012 - 2014 writer - 6 episodes, 2012 - 2014
Wimbledon2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Atop the Fourth Wall2012TV Series 1 episode
The Help2011writer: "The Living Proof"
The Adjustment Bureau2011writer: "Future's Bright"
Nature2010TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Through the Letterbox2010Short writer: "Any Other Name" extract
A Perfect Day2009Video short writer: "Bloodless Freak", "Still Dead"
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV Special music: "Down to Earth"
WALL·E2008music: "Down to Earth", "BNL Jingle" / producer: "Down to Earth"
Sicko2007Documentary writer: "Baseball", "Loverly Spring", "The Bad Beginning", "Chez Olaf", "Lucy", "The Baudelaire Orphans", "Can't Sleep #2"
Ainda Há Pastores?2006Documentary writer: "Road Island", "Wake", "Road to Chicago", "Just a Feller"
An Inconvenient Truth2006Documentary music: "Blocks", "Can't Sleep" / writer: "Blocks", "Can't Sleep"
Fun with Dick and Jane2005writer: "The Wide Window"
Jarhead2005writer: "Full Chemical Gear
Madagascar2005writer: "Dead Already"
The Longest Yard2005"Creek House"
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous2005writer: "One Kiss"
The Robinsons: Lost in Space2004TV Movie writer: "Bloodless Freak"
A Series of Unfortunate Events2004"Loverly Spring"
P.O.V.2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Skeppsholmen2003TV Series music - 1 episode
Six Feet UnderTV Series performer - 25 episodes, 2001 - 2003 writer - 25 episodes, 2001 - 2003
3.z2002TV Movie documentary writer: "Any Other Name"
Cold Hearts1999"To the Shock of Miss Louise"
Three Kings1999writer: "Outside 2B", "The Beast Is Coming", "Flesh & Bone"
Meet Joe Black1998writer: "Whisper of a Thrill"
Phenomenon1996writer: "The Orchard"
Grumpier Old Men1995writer: "Liar's Polka"
Grumpy Old Men1993writer: "Liar's Polka"
Fried Green Tomatoes1991"A Charge to Keep I Have" / writer: "Buddy Threadgoode"
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Two - Spoof of the Living Dead1991TV Short performer: "To the Shock of Miss Louise" / writer: "To the Shock of Miss Louise"
Men Don't Leave1990producer: "CAFE POLKA"
Quicksilver1986performer: "Suite Streets Main Titles" Instrumental / writer: "Suite Streets Main Titles" Instrumental
Reckless1984lyrics: "UNDERSTANDING GRAVITY" / music: "UNDERSTANDING GRAVITY" / performer: "UNDERSTANDING GRAVITY"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kobresia: Fragments2011Short inspirational thanks
Sicko2007Documentary special thanks
Horrors of War2006thanks
Rennie's Landing2001special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Spectre: From Title Song to Title Sequence2016Video documentary shortHimself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score
Shooting Bond2013Video documentaryHimself - Composer
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score & Best Original Song
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'2004Video documentary shortHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score
'Fried Green Tomatoes': The Moments of Discovery1998Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SCORE: A Film Music Documentary2016DocumentaryHimself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicBridge of Spies (2015)
2015PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreBridge of Spies (2015)
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack for Visual MediaSkyfall (2012)
2014NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest Use of MusicGet on Up (2014)· Budd Carr (music supervisor)
2014Frederick Loewe Award for Film ComposingPalm Springs International Film FestivalSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsSkyfall (2012)
2013ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsSkyfall (2012)· Adele
· Paul Epworth
2013BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicSkyfall (2012)
2013IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora)Skyfall (2012)
2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Original ScoreThe Help (2011)
2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest SongThe Help (2011)· Mary J. Blige (Performer, Writer)
· Harvey Mason Jr. (Writer)
· Damon Thomas (Writer)
2012BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicThe Help (2011)
2012IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest Musical ScoreSkyfall (2012)
2012IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller FilmSkyfall (2012)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreSkyfall (2012)
2009BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsWALL·E (2008)
2009GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2008CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2008HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original SongWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for an Animated Feature FilmWALL·E (2008)
2008World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Song Written for a FilmWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel (music by/lyrics by/performer)
2006Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScoreThe Good German (2006)
2006Frederick Loewe Award for Film ComposingPalm Springs International Film Festival
2005BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsA Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
2005BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsSix Feet Under (2001)· Richard Marvin
2004AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Music in an Animated Feature ProductionFinding Nemo (2003)
2004BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFinding Nemo (2003)
2004Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsComposer of the YearA Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
2003BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsRoad to Perdition (2002)
2003BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsSix Feet Under (2001)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Main Title Theme MusicSix Feet Under (2001)
2002BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsSix Feet Under (2001)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest New Theme Song in a SeriesSix Feet Under (2001)
2001GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual MediaAmerican Beauty (1999)· Dennis S. Sands (engineer)
· Bill Bernstein (producer)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest New Theme Song in a SeriesBoston Public (2000)
2000Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsErin Brockovich (2000)
2000BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Green Mile (1999)
2000Richard Kirk Career Achievement AwardBMI Film & TV Awards
1999BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Horse Whisperer (1998)
1998AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Original Music ScoreOscar and Lucinda (1997)
1997BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsPhenomenon (1996)
1995BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsLittle Women (1994)
1994BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsScent of a Woman (1992)
1993BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFried Green Tomatoes (1991)
1987BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsGung Ho (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreBridge of Spies (2015)
2016BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original MusicBridge of Spies (2015)
2016GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Original ScoreBridge of Spies (2015)
2016HMMA AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)Best Original Score - Feature FilmBridge of Spies (2015)
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreBridge of Spies (2015)
2016World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsFilm Composer of the YearBridge of Spies (2015)
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack for Visual MediaSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2015IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Comedy FilmThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
2015IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a DocumentaryHe Named Me Malala (2015)
2015PCC AwardPhoenix Critics CircleBest ScoreBridge of Spies (2015)
2015Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreSpectre (2015)
2014OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014HMMA AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)Best Original Score - Feature FilmThe Judge (2014)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreThe Judge (2014)
2013OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreSkyfall (2012)
2013Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicSkyfall (2012)
2013ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest MusicSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsFilm Composer of the YearSide Effects (2013)
2013World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Film Score of the YearSkyfall (2012)
2012Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureThe Help (2011)· Mary J. Blige (music and lyrics by)
· Harvey Mason Jr. (music and lyrics by)
· Damon Thomas (lyrics by)
2012Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest SongThe Help (2011)· Mary J. Blige (Performer/Writer)
· Harvey Mason Jr. (Writer)
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreSkyfall (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreSkyfall (2012)
2012World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Song Written for a FilmThe Help (2011)· Mary J. Blige (music by/lyrics by/performer)
· Harvey Mason Jr. (music by/lyrics by)
· Damon Thomas (music by/lyrics by)
2011HMMA AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)Best Original Score - Feature FilmThe Help (2011)
2011PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original SongThe Help (2011)· Mary J. Blige
· Harvey Mason Jr.
2009OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2009OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original SongWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel (music/lyrics)
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel (music/lyrics)
2009Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsWALL·E (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest SongWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal SongWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel
2009GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaWALL·E (2008)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2009IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original SongWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel (music, lyrics, and performed by)
· Soweto Gospel Choir (performed by)
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreRevolutionary Road (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2008HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreRevolutionary Road (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Score of the YearWALL·E (2008)
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Composer of the Year
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Music Composition of the YearWALL·E (2008)· Peter Gabriel
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreWALL·E (2008)
2008SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest MusicWALL·E (2008)
2008World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearWALL·E (2008)
2007OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreThe Good German (2006)
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ComposerThe Good German (2006)
2006IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Drama FilmThe Good German (2006)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreA Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreCinderella Man (2005)
2005GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaAngels in America (2003)
2005World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearA Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
2004OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreFinding Nemo (2003)
2004Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicFinding Nemo (2003)
2004Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScoreFinding Nemo (2003)
2004IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Comedy FilmA Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
2004IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora originale)Finding Nemo (2003)
2004OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreFinding Nemo (2003)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreFinding Nemo (2003)
2003OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreRoad to Perdition (2002)
2003ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreFinding Nemo (2003)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreRoad to Perdition (2002)
2003World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearRoad to Perdition (2002)
2002ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreRoad to Perdition (2002)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Score - Motion PictureAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicThe Green Mile (1999)
2000Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ScoreAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreAmerican Beauty (1999)
2000OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreAmerican Beauty (1999)
1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest MusicMeet Joe Black (1998)
1999FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Music ScoreOscar and Lucinda (1997)
1999FMCJ AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Film Composer of the Year
1998FMCJ AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Drama FilmThe Horse Whisperer (1998)
1997GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionUnstrung Heroes (1995)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original Musical or Comedy ScoreUnstrung Heroes (1995)
1995OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreLittle Women (1994)
1995OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme MusicAgainst the Law (1990)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest MusicThe Good German (2006)
1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)


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1About 8 nominations and 0 wins at the Oscars: Losing makes you strong. I like being the underdog.
2I flew to England to see the rough cut of Revolutionary Road (2008). I was quite moved. As a married man, it's kind of a disturbing to see a couple try so hard to work things out and fail so miserably. How do you suggest hope and hopelessness at the same time? You start thinking along the lines of the lift of a phrase followed by the droop of a phrase.
3My approach is to deepen the action through subtext as opposed to commenting on the drama, which is what often happens with bad movie music. Audiences tend to resent that. I try to be passive enough as a composer to where I'll realize: 'Oh, I'm stepping all over the actors here.'
4Composing movie music can really only be mastered through experience and much failure on a pragmatic level. When you write a great piece and your director hates it, what now? You just have to try something else. Or if your director says, 'This scene feels dry and empty without music, but I'm hard-pressed to know what that music should sound like,' that's when you decide: 'Lets slather a lot of musical ideas against the image and see what happens.'
5No, I've failed seven times - this will be my eighth. (In answer to the statement that he had failed to win an Oscar eight times, just prior to the 2007 Academy Awards ceremony)
6Bernard Herrmann is my big favorite [score composer]. He created such a strong presence. And having been down that road, I admire his courage. I admire the fact that he had something to say and he took the bull by the horns and said it no matter what. And I like a lot of Jerry Goldsmith's stuff. I thought the score to Chinatown was an exquisite piece of Hollywood writing. And John Williams.
7Regarding hearing a remix of his score to American Beauty (1999): "I was flattered and horrified. We don't own our own music, it's typically owned by the companies that hire you."
8Response to inquiry about working appropriately so that the composer will produce a score in keeping what the idea in the film director's mind: "I'm more prone to pain avoids... I'd rather be rejected in the workroom than on the podium. There's a moment where the director squares off with the music."
9I remember a teacher once asked me, what makes music sad? What a brilliant question. His answer was, it takes on the physical qualities of something sad. Meaning if it's sad, a melody will move in step-wise manner. It will tend to be slower as you are when you're sad; it takes on the physical characteristics of an emotional state. Something in the music rings and carries you back to a memory you have that elicits a feeling. I guess what's wonderful about music is that it's utterly abstract and yet has a great kind of sinuous, subjective emotional reaction. I like the idea that music can be dimensional, that it's not necessarily playing what's there.
10I feel like I know how to write in a similar style to my dad, but I prefer a score like 'Unstrung Heroes' just because it gives me more of a unique voice. If I were to do a movie about space, I bet just by virtue of musical and dramatic expectations, I would have less of a chance to be original. Music can only follow the movie that it's in. Robert Altman's 'The Player' allowed me a high sense of irony. Other movies aren't so smart and want to go towards the teary middle ground. And if you're being honest to the task you kind of have to follow it there, even though it may not be your taste. You have to make it more of what it is.
11I think I like smaller [scores] better, because I find more interesting places that the music can go. When you're working with a 90-piece symphony, your interaction with the players is much different. You're standing on a podium and talking to a large number of musicians. So the notion of nuance becomes a group effort and that's a difficult thing to get. I keep thinking of ways to communicate better, to scale down the orchestra's size so it will fit into my ambient palette instead of lying on top of it.
12The great thing about doing movie music is that you find out what you're capable of. You may think you're incapable of producing a certain rhythm, but it's your job to solve that problem. If you open your mind, an idea will lead you to the next one.
13I hate the notion that electronics are a cheesy way of doing things and that orchestra is the only 'true' approach to scoring. But you can understand those critics, because electronics allow you to make easy choices. Anyone can do it. But while synthesizers are things you hide behind sounds, they can also be put in places you'd never expect. I've always wanted these boundaries to be amorphous.
14On his inspiration for his American Beauty (1999) score: "Sam [Mendes] wanted things that hammered and thwacked a bit. He was interested in percussion and mallet instruments, so I started working on various ideas that involved xylophones and marimbas."

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1Almost always plays piano on his own scores, typically during slow, moody passages.
2Tuned percussion (e.g. marimba, chimes) often plays a part in his scores, figuring especially prominently in American Beauty (1999).

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