Saturday, August 6, 2011

Best Pictures and Composers

Upon thinking of the Oscar winning composers, I was looking at the list of Best Picture winners and began wondering which composer had worked on the most Best Picture Oscar winners.  So I compiled a list by composer. It is interesting to see which individual score Oscar also went with Best Picture. Some of the results seem obvious, but others may surprise you. For example, Jerry Goldsmith only worked on one Best Picture – Patton.

Here is the list:
(** indicates Best Score winner)

MAX STEINER
Cimarron (1930/1931)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Casablanca (1943)

ALFRED NEWMAN
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
All About Eve (1950)

HOWARD SHORE
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)**
The Departed (2006)

JAMES HORNER
Braveheart (1995)
Titanic (1997)**
A Beautiful Mind (2001)

JOHN BARRY
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Out of Africa (1985)**
Dances with Wolves (1990)**

HANS ZIMMER
Rain Man (1988)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Gladiator (2000)

MIKLOS ROZSA
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Ben-Hur (1959)**

HERBERT STOTHART
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)

GEORGE DELERUE
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Platoon (1986)

MARVIN HAMLISCH
The Sting (1973) with Scott Joplin**
Ordinary People (1980)

NINO ROTA/CARMINE COPPOLA
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)**

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
The King’s Speech (2010)
Argo (2012)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN
On the Waterfront (1954)
West Side Story (1961)** Adaptation award to Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal

VICTOR YOUNG
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)**

FREDERICK LOEWE
Gigi (1958) Adaptation Award to Andre Previn**
My Fair Lady (1964) Adaptation Award to Andre Previn**


There are tons of one-time composers, but here a few of them.
THOMAS NEWMAN
American Beauty (1999)
JOHN WILLIAMS
Schindler’s List (1993)**
FRANZ WAXMAN
Rebecca (1940)
DIMITRI TIOMKIN
You Can’t Take It with You (1938)
JERRY GOLDSMITH
Patton (1970)
ALAN SILVESTRI
Forrest Gump (1994)
HUGO FRIEDHOFER
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)**
A.R. RAHMAN
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)**
STEPHEN WARBECK
Shakespeare in Love (1998)**
GABRIEL YARED
The English Patient (1998)**
VANGELIS
Chariots of Fire (1981)**
BILL CONTI
Rocky (1976)
JOHN ADDISON
Tom Jones (1963)**
MAURICE JARRE
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)**

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