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Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman

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Thomas Newman is an American composer and conductor, best known for his many film scores.

Newman has received a total of ten Academy Award nominations, although as of 2011, he has yet to win the award. He has however won a BAFTA, five Grammys and an Emmy, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. 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.

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. Newman was educated at Yale University before starting his career in music.

His first major score was for the 1984 film Reckless. In 1992, Newman composed the score to Martin Brest's film Scent of a Woman. In 1994, he composed the scores to The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women, both of which garnered him two Academy Award Nominations. 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 with a Grammy and a BAFTA win.

His critical and commercial success has continued in recent years with his scores for films such as Meet Joe Black, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, In the Bedroom, K-PAX 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). He was again nominated for an Oscar for scoring Steven Soderbergh's The Good German (2006).

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. 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. Newman's scores of 2011 include The Help, The Debt, and The Adjustment Bureau.

Newman is to score the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall, directed by his longtime collaborator Sam Mendes, which celebrates the film franchise's 50th anniversary.
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Thomas Newman "A Broken Thing"
Album: Oscar And Lucinda [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Genre: Film Score Music
Instrumental: Yes
Thomas Newman "Aqua"
Album: Oscar And Lucinda [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Genre: Film Score Music
Thomas Newman "Cards And Dogs"
Album: Oscar And Lucinda [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Genre: Film Score Music
Instrumental: Yes
Thomas Newman "Dutch Hazards"
Album: Oscar And Lucinda [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Genre: Film Score Music
Instrumental: Yes
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