Music composer Thomas Newman has earned a whopping 14 Oscar nominations, but has yet to win. With films like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “American Beauty” under his belt, to his most recent Best Original Score nomination for “Passengers,” Newman has had a truly incredibly career and we’re hoping his time in the spotlight will soon come. Click through our photo gallery above highlighting all of Newman’s losing Oscar bids and discover who edged him out each time.
While Newman has yet to win at the Oscars, his losses haven’t been hard to predict as he also failed to win at precursor ceremonies. For example, Newman has also never won at the Golden Globes, where he’s only scored three nominations: Best Original Score (“American Beauty,” 1999), Best Original Song for “Down to Earth” (“Wall-E” shared with Peter Gabriel, 2008) and Best Original Song for “The Living Proof” (“The Help” shared with Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas, 2011).
The Critics’ Choice Awards have nominated him four times: Best Original Score (“The Good German,” 2006), Best Original Song for “Down to Earth” (“Wall-E,” 2008), Best Original Song for “The Living Proof” (“The Help,” 2011) and Best Original Score (“Saving Mr. Banks,” 2013). But Newman has yet to win there, too.
If there was one film where Newman came the closest to victory it was probably “American Beauty” (1999). “American Beauty” won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball) and Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall). The film only lost three Oscars that year: Best Original Score, Best Actress (Annette Bening) and Best Film Editing (Tariq Anwar and Christopher Greenbury).
Making his “American Beauty” loss even more heartbreaking for Newman was that he would win the BAFTA Award later that year for Best Original Score, where the Oscar winner “The Red Violin” was not nominated.
While Newman has yet to prevail at the Oscars, he is an Emmy winner for Best Main Title Theme Music for “Six Feet Under” (2002). Newman has also won an impressive three Grammy Awards: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Visual Media (“American Beauty, 1999), Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Down to Earth” (“Wall-E,” 2008) and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (“Skyfall,” 2012).