From “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) to “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013) and everything in between, Thomas Newman‘s musical scores are some of the most well-known in movie history. But — shockingly — he’s never won an Oscar despite 12 prior nominations. Will all of that change this year with his 13th bid for “Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War drama that’s up for six Academy Awards including Best Picture? Revisit all of Newman’s Oscar bids and discover who edged him out each time by clicking the photo above.
To date, Newman has 12 Oscar nominations for Best Score plus an additional bid for Best Song (“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”). Those numbers put Newman within striking distance of Oscar’s biggest losing composer of all time Alex North, who went 0-for-14 between 1951 and 1984. In 1985, North was the first composer to receive an Honorary Academy Award.
Even though he’s yet to step onto that Oscar podium, Newman has won three Grammys (“Skyfall,” “WALL-E” and “American Beauty”), two BAFTAs (“Skyfall” and “American Beauty”), and an Emmy for the “Six Feet Under” main title theme music.
Joining Newman’s “Bridge of Spies” in this year’s Oscar nominations for Best Score are “Carol” (Carter Burwell), “The Hateful Eight” (Ennio Morricone), “Sicario” (Johann Johannsson) and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (John Williams).
As for Newman’s competitors, this is Burwell’s first Oscar nomination, Johannsson’s second bid after last year’s “The Theory of Everything,” and Murricone’s sixth nom. While Morricone’s win at the Golden Globes last week was his first competitive victory, he was feted with an Honorary Oscar in 2007.
Meanwhile, Williams celebrates his 50th career Oscar nomination by revisiting the “Star Wars” universe. He now has the second most nominations in Academy Awards history, only trailing Walt Disney (59). Williams’ five wins came for scoring “Schindler’s List” (1993), “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Star Wars” (1977), “Jaws” (1975) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971).
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Photo Credit: Newman by Jim Smeal/BEI/REX Shutterstock
Photo Credit: ‘Bridge of Spies’ by Walt Disney/20th Century Fox