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Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman.jpg
Newman at Classic Brit Awards in 2010
Background information
Birth nameThomas Montgomery Newman
Born(1955-10-20) October 20, 1955 (age 58)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationsComposer
Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955) is an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores.

Newman has received a total of eleven Academy Award nominations, although, as of 2013, he has yet to win the award. He has won two BAFTAs, five Grammys and an Emmy, and has been nominated for three Golden Globes. Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the 2000 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.

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      Personal life

      Born in Los Angeles, California, he was the youngest son of Mississippi-born Martha Louise (née Montgomery) and composer Alfred Newman. He is a member of a film-scoring dynasty in Hollywood that includes his father, brother David Newman, sister Maria Newman, uncles Lionel Newman and Emil Newman, cousin Randy Newman (who is also known as a singer and songwriter) and his nephew Joey Newman. Every weekend, Martha would herd her sons into violin lessons in the San Fernando Valley. Newman later studied composition and orchestration for two years at the University of Southern California, before moving to Yale University, where he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1977 and a Master of Music in 1978. In Yale, he met composer Stephen Sondheim, who became an early mentor.

      Newman and his wife, Ann Marie, have three children. They reside in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.

      Film scoring career

      At first, Newman was more interested in musical theater than in film composition, working with Sondheim in Broadway plays. Lionel, who succeeded Alfred as music director for 20th Century Fox, gave Thomas his first scoring assignment on a 1979 episode of the series The Paper Chase. In 1983, John Williams, who was a friend of both Alfred and Lionel, invited Newman to work on Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, orchestrating the scene where Darth Vader dies. Afterwards Newman met in New York producer Scott Rudin, who invited him to compose the score for Reckless (1984). Newman said that he thought "it was a tough job, at first" for requiring him to "develop vocabularies and a sense of procedure", only getting comfortable with writing scores "and not fraudulent in my efforts" after 8 years.

      In 1992, Newman composed the score to Martin Brest's film Scent of a Woman.

      In 1994, he got his first Academy Award nominations with the scores to The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women. He also scored the film The War. In 1996, he scored Diane Keaton's Unstrung Heroes, receiving yet another Oscar nomination. In 1998, he scored Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer as well as Meet Joe Black. In 1999, Newman composed the score to Sam Mendes' first feature film American Beauty, created using mainly percussion instruments. Newman believed the score helped move the film along without disturbing the "moral ambiguity" of the script, saying "It was a real delicate balancing act in terms of what music worked to preserve that." This was his first collaboration with Mendes, and he would go on to score all of the director's subsequent films except for Away We Go. He received a fourth Oscar nomination for this score, and although he lost again (to John Corigliano for The Red Violin), he did receive a Grammy and a BAFTA.

      His critical and commercial success has continued in the following years with his scores for films such as Meet Joe Black, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, In the Bedroom and The Salton Sea. He was nominated consecutively for a further three Academy Awards, for Road to Perdition (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). However, he lost on each occasion to Elliot Goldenthal (for Frida), Howard Shore (for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), and Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (for Finding Neverland) respectively.

      He was again nominated for an Oscar for scoring Steven Soderbergh's The Good German (2006). At the Oscar ceremony, he appeared in the opening segment by Errol Morris, who jokingly stated that Newman had been nominated for and failed to win an Oscar eight times. Newman replied: "No, I've failed seven but this will be my eighth", and indeed, he again lost, this time to Gustavo Santaolalla for Babel.

      His first score since The Good German was for the 2008 animated film WALL-E, collaborating for the second time with director Andrew Stanton (with the first collaboration being Finding Nemo). The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (as had "Nemo"). Newman received two Oscar nominations: one for Best Original Score, and another for Best Original Song for "Down to Earth", which he co-wrote with Peter Gabriel. He was nominated in the Original Score category with two other veteran composers, James Newton-Howard and Danny Elfman, both of whom have also been nominated for several Oscars but each time unsuccessfully. Newman lost both the score and song nominations to A R Rahman for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. He and Peter Gabriel did however win a Grammy for "Down to Earth".

      In 2008, Newman scored Towelhead and Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road and in 2009 he scored Brothers. In 2011, Newman had his busiest year with four movie scores, The Help, The Debt, and The Adjustment Bureau.

      In 2012, Newman scored The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He also scored the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall, directed by his longtime collaborator Sam Mendes, which celebrates the film franchise's 50th anniversary. His work on this film earned him his eleventh Oscar nomination and a second BAFTA win.

      Newman likes to vary on the instrumentations for his scores, ranging from full orchestras to percussion-only music. He is also fond of incorporating unusual instruments such as the zither, hurdy-gurdy, psaltery and hammered dulcimer, or unexpected sounds, like Aboriginal chants and the chirping of cicadas. The composer declared that he has "an interest in mundane experimentation."

      Filmography

      Film

      1980s
      YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
      1984RecklessJames FoleyMetro-Goldwyn-MayerN/A
      Revenge of the NerdsJeff Kanew20th Century FoxN/A
      Grandview, U.S.A.Randal KleiserWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
      1985Desperately Seeking SusanSusan SeidelmanOrion PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande. Album shared with Making Mr. Right
      Girls Just Want to Have FunAlan MetterNew World PicturesN/A
      The Man with One Red ShoeStan Dragoti20th Century FoxN/A
      Real GeniusMartha CoolidgeTriStar PicturesN/A
      1986Gung HoRon HowardParamount PicturesFirst collaboration with Ron Howard


      One track released by Milan on the compilation album Ron Howard - Passions & Achievements
      Jumpin' Jack FlashPenny Marshall20th Century FoxSong album with two Newman tracks
      1987Light of DayPaul SchraderTriStar PicturesSong album with one Newman track
      The Lost BoysJoel SchumacherWarner Bros. PicturesSong album with one Newman track
      Less Than ZeroMarek Kanievska20th Century FoxSong album; no Newman score
      1988The Great OutdoorsHoward DeutchUniversal PicturesSong album with one Newman track
      The Prince of PennsylvaniaRon NyswanerNew Line CinemaN/A
      1989CookieSusan SeidelmanWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
      1990s
      YearTitleDirectorStudio(s)Notes
      1990Men Don't LeavePaul BrickmanWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
      Welcome Home, Roxy CarmichaelJim AbrahamsParamount PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      1991Career OpportunitiesBryan GordonUniversal PicturesSong album with three Newman tracks released by Curb
      The Linguini IncidentRichard ShepardAcademy EntertainmentSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      Naked TangoLeonard SchraderNew Line CinemaN/A
      The RaptureMichael TolkinFine Line FeaturesSong album with ten Newman tracks
      DeceivedDamian HarrisTouchstone PicturesN/A
      Fried Green TomatoesJon AvnetUniversal PicturesSong album with three Newman tracks and separate score album, both released by MCA
      1992The PlayerRobert AltmanFine Line FeaturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      Whispers in the DarkChristopher CroweParamount PicturesVarèse Sarabande album release cancelled; released by Intrada in 2012
      Scent of a WomanMartin BrestUniversal PicturesSoundtrack released by MCA
      1993Flesh and BoneSteve KlovesParamount PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      Josh and S.A.M.Billy WeberColumbia Pictures


      Castle Rock Entertainment
      Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      1994ThreesomeAndrew FlemingTriStar PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande. Twinned with American Buffalo
      The FavorDonald PetrieOrion PicturesN/A
      The Shawshank RedemptionFrank DarabontColumbia Pictures


      Castle Rock Entertainment
      First collaboration with Frank Darabont


      Soundtrack released by Sony BMG
      The WarJon AvnetUniversal PicturesSong album with 12 Newman tracks released by MCA
      Little WomenGillian ArmstrongColumbia PicturesSoundtrack released by Sony Classical
      1995Unstrung HeroesDiane KeatonHollywood PicturesSoundtrack released by Hollywood Records
      How to Make an American QuiltJocelyn MoorhouseUniversal PicturesSoundtrack released by MCA
      1996Up Close & PersonalJon AvnetTouchstone PicturesSoundtrack released by Hollywood Records
      PhenomenonJon TurteltaubTouchstone PicturesSong album with one Newman track released by Reprise
      American BuffaloMichael CorrenteThe Samuel Goldwyn CompanySoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande. Twinned with Threesome
      The People vs. Larry FlyntMiloš FormanColumbia PicturesSoundtrack released by Angel Records
      1997Red CornerJon AvnetMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSoundtrack released by EAR
      Mad CityCosta GavrasWarner Bros. PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      Oscar and LucindaGillian ArmstrongFox Searchlight PicturesSoundtrack released by Sony Classical
      1998The Horse WhispererRobert RedfordTouchstone PicturesSoundtrack released by Hollywood Records
      Meet Joe BlackMartin BrestUniversal PicturesSoundtrack released by Universal Records
      1999American BeautySam MendesDreamWorks PicturesFirst collaboration with Sam Mendes


      Soundtrack released by DreamWorks Records
      The Green MileFrank DarabontWarner Bros. PicturesSecond collaboration with Frank Darabont


      Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
      2000s
      YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
      2000Erin BrockovichSteven SoderberghUniversal PicturesFirst collaboration with Steven Soderbergh


      Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
      Pay It ForwardMimi LederWarner Bros. PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      2001In the BedroomTodd FieldMiramax FilmsSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      2002The Salton SeaD. J. CarusoWarner Bros. PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      Road to PerditionSam MendesDreamWorks Pictures


      Twentieth Century Fox
      Second collaboration with Sam Mendes


      Soundtrack released by Decca Records
      White OleanderPeter KosminskyWarner Bros. PicturesSoundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      2003Finding NemoAndrew StantonWalt Disney Pictures


      Pixar Animation Studios
      First collaboration with Andrew Stanton


      Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
      2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsBrad SilberlingParamount Pictures


      DreamWorks Pictures
      Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
      2005Cinderella ManRon HowardUniversal PicturesSecond collaboration with Ron Howard


      Soundtrack released by Decca Records
      JarheadSam MendesUniversal PicturesThird collaboration with Sam Mendes


      Soundtrack released by Decca Records
      2006Little ChildrenTodd FieldNew Line CinemaSoundtrack released by Silva Screen Records
      The Good GermanSteven SoderberghWarner Bros. PicturesSecond collaboration with Steven Soderbergh


      Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      2007TowelheadAlan BallWarner Independent PicturesSoundtrack released by Lakeshore Records
      2008WALL-EAndrew StantonWalt Disney Pictures


      Pixar Animation Studios
      Second collaboration with Andrew Stanton


      Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
      Revolutionary RoadSam MendesDreamWorks PicturesFourth collaboration with Sam Mendes


      Soundtrack released by Nonesuch
      2009BrothersJim SheridanLionsgateSoundtrack released by Relativity Music Group
      2010s
      YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
      2011The Adjustment BureauGeorge NolfiUniversal PicturesSoundtrack released by Relativity Music Group
      The HelpTate TaylorTouchstone Pictures


      DreamWorks Pictures
      Score album released by Varèse Sarabande
      The DebtJohn MaddenFocus Features


      Miramax Films
      Soundtrack released by Relativity Music Group, Silva Screen Music
      The Iron LadyPhyllida LloydThe Weinstein CompanySoundtrack released by Sony Classical
      2012The Best Exotic Marigold HotelJohn MaddenFox Searchlight PicturesSoundtrack released by Sony Classical
      SkyfallSam MendesMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer


      Columbia Pictures
      Fifth collaboration with Sam Mendes


      Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
      2013Side EffectsSteven SoderberghOpen Road FilmsThird collaboration with Steven Soderbergh


      Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
      Saving Mr. BanksJohn Lee HancockWalt Disney Pictures


      BBC Films
      Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
      2015The Good DinosaurBob PetersonWalt Disney Pictures


      Pixar Animation Studios
      N/A

      Television

      YearTitleDirectorNotes
      1985Amazing StoriesVariousEpisode "Santa '85." Soundtrack released by Intrada
      1990Heat Wave (TV)Kevin Hooks
      1992Those Secrets (TV)David MansonSoundtrack released by Masters Film Music
      Citizen Cohn (TV)Frank Pierson
      2001Six Feet UnderVariousMain Theme only
      2003Angels in AmericaMike NicholsSoundtrack released by Nonesuch
      2012The Newsroom (TV)VariousMain Theme and Pilot

      Additional soundtracks

      • 2005: Brokeback Mountain (Trailer) (from The Shawshank Redemption)
      • 2005: Madagascar (from American Beauty)
      • 2007: Sicko (from Little Children, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and In the Bedroom)
      • 2009: Bigfoot (Trailer) (from WALL-E)
      • 2010: Alice in Wonderland (Teaser Trailer) (from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events)


      Newman has composed music for television as well, including theme music for the series Boston Public and the miniseries Angels in America. His theme music for the television show Six Feet Under won two Grammy Awards in 2003, for Best Instrumental Composition as well as Best Instrumental Arrangement. Newman also wrote a commissioned concert work for orchestra, Reach Forth Our Hands, for the 1996 Cleveland Bicentennial. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned a new work by Newman to be performed by the Kronos Quartet and Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, during the orchestra's 2009-2010 season.

      Awards & nominations

      Newman has received a total of eleven Academy Award nominations, however as of 2012 he has yet to win the award, making him the most nominated living composer to have never won an Oscar, and behind Alex North, who received 14 unsuccessful nominations. Ten of his nominations are in the Best Original Score category, while one is for Best Original Song.

      His first major successes for which he was recognised, came in 1994, when he earned two Academy Award nominations for his scores to Little Women and The Shawshank Redemption; he was the only double-nominee that year, although he lost to Hans Zimmer for The Lion King.

      He received his third Academy Award nomination in 1996 for the score to Diane Keaton's comedy Unstrung Heroes, but again lost, this time to Alan Menken for Pocahontas.

      He has also received three Golden Globe nominations including one for Best Original Score for 1999's American Beauty and two for Best Original Song, as well as nine Grammy nominations and five wins.
      AwardYearCategoryProjectOutcome
      Academy Award1995Best Music, Original ScoreLittle WomenNominated
      Best Music, Original ScoreThe Shawshank RedemptionNominated
      1996Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy ScoreUnstrung HeroesNominated
      2000Best Music, Original ScoreAmerican BeautyNominated
      2003Best Music, Original ScoreRoad to PerditionNominated
      2004Best Music, Original ScoreFinding NemoNominated
      2005Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreLemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsNominated
      2007Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreThe Good GermanNominated
      2009Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreWALL-ENominated
      Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song (with Peter Gabriel) for "Down to Earth"Nominated
      2013Best Music, Original ScoreSkyfallNominated
      Annie Award2004Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature ProductionFinding NemoWon
      BAFTA Award2000Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicAmerican BeautyWon
      2009Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicWALL-ENominated
      2012Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicSkyfallWon
      Classical Brit Award2010Soundtrack of the YearRevolutionary RoadWon
      Emmy Award1991Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme MusicAgainst the LawNominated
      2002Outstanding Main Title Theme MusicSix Feet UnderWon
      Golden Globe Award2000Best Original Score - Motion PictureAmerican BeautyNominated
      2009Best Original Song - Motion Picture (with Peter Gabriel) for "Down to Earth"WALL-ENominated
      2012Best Original Song - Motion Picture (with Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas) for "The Living Proof"The HelpNominated
      Grammy Award1995Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionThe Shawshank RedemptionNominated
      1997Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for TelevisionUnstrung HeroesNominated
      2001Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual MediaAmerican BeautyWon
      2003Best Instrumental Composition for Title ThemeSix Feet UnderWon
      Best Instrumental Arrangement for Title ThemeSix Feet UnderWon
      2005Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaAngels in AmericaNominated
      2009Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaWALL-ENominated
      Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (with Peter Gabriel) for "Down to Earth"Won
      Best Instrumental Arrangement (with Peter Gabriel) for Score Track, "Define Dancing"Won
      World Soundtrack Awards2003Best Original Soundtrack of the YearRoad to PerditionNominated
      2005Soundtrack Composer of the YearLemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsNominated
      2008Best Original Song Written Directly for Film (with Peter Gabriel) for "Down to Earth"WALL-EWon
      Best Original Score of the YearNominated

      American Film Institute

      Newman's scores for American Beauty and The Shawshank Redemption were nominated for AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.
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