Famous Movie Composers and their Golden Globe Award nominated films

by AlexHartsell | created - 30 Mar 2018 | updated - 30 Jan 2019 | Public

1. John Williams

Composer | Star Wars

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

Because They're Young Not with My Wife, You Don't! Valley of the Dolls Goodbye, Mr. Chips The Reivers Fiddler on the Roof Images The Poseidon Adventure Pete 'n' Tillie Cinderella Liberty Tom Sawyer The Paper Chase Earthquake The Towering Inferno Jaws Family Plot Close Encounters of the Third Kind Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Superman Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Raiders of the Lost Ark Yes, Giorgio E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial The River Empire of the Sun The Accidental Tourist Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Born on the Fourth of July Home Alone JFK Hook Schindler's List Sabrina Nixon Amistad Seven Years in Tibet Saving Private Ryan Stepmom Angela's Ashes A.I. Artificial Intelligence Catch Me If You Can Munich Memoirs of a Geisha War Horse The Adventures of Tintin Lincoln The Book Thief The Post

2. Jerry Goldsmith

Music_department | Star Trek: Insurrection

Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...

Freud Lilies of the Field The Prize Seven Days in May Rio Conchos A Patch of Blue The Sand Pebbles Patton Papillon Chinatown The Omen MacArthur The Boys from Brazil Magic Star Trek: The Motion Picture Alien Raggedy Man Under Fire Hoosiers Basic Instinct Love Field Six Degrees of Separation The River Wild L.A. Confidential Mulan

3. Elmer Bernstein

Composer | Far from Heaven

Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various ...

Sudden Fear The View from Pompey's Head The Ten Commandments God's Little Acre Some Came Running From the Terrace The Magnificent Seven Summer and Smoke Birdman of Alcatraz To Kill a Mockingbird Hud The Great Escape The Caretakers Love with the Proper Stranger The World of Henry Orient The Carpetbaggers Hawaii Thoroughly Modern Millie The Scalphunters I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! True Grit (1969 film) The Liberation of L.B. Jones The Shootist From Noon Till Three The Incredible Sarah The Great Santini Airplane! Trading Places Ghostbusters My Left Foot The Field The Grifters Rambling Rose The Age of Innocence The Rainmaker Far from Heaven

4. Jonny Greenwood

Soundtrack | The Master

Jonny Greenwood was born on November 5, 1971 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood. He has been married to Sharona Katan since 1995. They have three children.

There Will Be Blood We Need to Talk About Kevin The Master Inherent Vice Phantom Thread

5. Leonard Rosenman

Composer | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Rosenman was born on September 7, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Barry Lyndon (1975) and La La Land (2016). He was married to Judie Gregg, Adele Bracker and Kay Scott. He died on March 4, 2008 in Woodland ...

East of Eden Rebel Without a Cause The Plunderers The Chapman Report Barry Lyndon Bound for Glory The Lord of the Rings Promises in the Dark The Jazz Singer (1980 film) Making Love

6. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...

Rain Man Driving Miss Daisy Green Card Thelma & Louise A League of Their Own The Lion King Something to Talk About As Good as It Gets The Prince of Egypt Gladiator Pearl Harbor Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron The Last Samurai Something's Gotta Give Spanglish The Da Vinci Code The Simpsons Movie Kung Fu Panda The Dark Knight Frost/Nixon It's Complicated Inception Rango 12 Years a Slave Rush Interstellar Hidden Figures The Boss Baby Dunkirk

7. Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer | Shrek

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...

Chicken Run Shrek Veronica Guerin Shrek 2 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Gone Baby Gone The Town Arthur Christmas The Martian

8. Rupert Gregson-Williams

Composer | Wonder Woman

Rupert Gregson-Williams was born on February 21, 1967 in Tonbridge, Kent, England as Rupert William Gregson-Williams. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and The Crown (2016). He has been married to Emma Jacobs since 1996. They have one child.

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9. John Powell

Composer | Solo: A Star Wars Story

John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Rio (2011). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner.

Chicken Run Shrek Alfie (2004 film) Happy Feet Kung Fu Panda Bolt How to Train Your Dragon How to Train Your Dragon 2 Ferdinand

10. Junkie XL

Soundtrack | Mad Max: Fury Road

Junkie XL was born on December 8, 1967 in Lichtenvoorde, Gelderland, Netherlands as Antonius B. Holkenborg.

Mad Max: Fury Road Deadpool

11. Alan Silvestri

Composer | The Polar Express

In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...

Romancing the Stone Back to the Future Outrageous Fortune Who Framed Roger Rabbit Young Guns II Soapdish Death Becomes Her Forrest Gump Father of the Bride Part II Contact Cast Away What Women Want The Polar Express Flight The Croods

12. James Horner

Music_department | Avatar

James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...

48 Hrs. Testament The Dresser Gorky Park Cocoon Aliens An American Tail In Country Dad Glory An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Legends of the Fall Braveheart Apollo 13 Ransom Titanic The Mask of Zorro How the Grinch Stole Christmas Iris A Beautiful Mind House of Sand and Fog Apocalypto Avatar

13. Michael Kamen

Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Michael Kamen was born on April 15, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Arnold Kamen. He was married to Sandra Keenan. He died on November 18, 2003 in London, England.

Mona Lisa Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Don Juan DeMarco Mr. Holland's Opus 101 Dalmatians

14. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

Tough Guys Pretty Woman Grand Canyon The Prince of Tides Glengarry Glen Ross Dave The Fugitive Junior Primal Fear One Fine Day My Best Friend's Wedding The Sixth Sense Collateral King Kong (2005 film) Blood Diamond Charlie Wilson's War The Great Debaters Michael Clayton The Dark Knight Defiance Duplicity Love & Other Drugs The Tourist Gnomeo & Juliet The Hunger Games The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nightcrawler The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Concussion Roman J. Israel, Esq.

15. Theodore Shapiro

Composer | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Theodore Shapiro was born on September 29, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Theodore Michael Shapiro. He is a composer, known for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Tropic Thunder (2008) and I Love You, Man (2009).

The Devil Wears Prada Tropic Thunder Hope Springs One Chance Infinitely Polar Bear St. Vincent Spy Trumbo Destroyer

16. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

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17. Mychael Danna

Composer | Life of Pi

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores for ...

The Ice Storm Girl, Interrupted Moonsoon Wedding Shattered Glass Being Julia Capote Little Miss Sunshine 500 Days of Summer Moneyball Life of Pi The Good Dinosaur The Breadwinner

18. Mark Mothersbaugh

Composer | Thor: Ragnarok

Graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio.

Attended Kent State University (1970-73) in Kent, Ohio, to focus on attaining an art degree. While at Kent State Mothersbaugh met Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis, who ultimately joined him in forming the 1970-80s avant-garde band Devo.

Awarded an ...

Rushmore The Royal Tenenbaums Thirteen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Hotel Transylvania The Lego Movie

19. Stewart Copeland

Composer | Rumble Fish

Stewart Copeland was born on July 16, 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Stewart Armstrong Copeland. He is known for his work on Rumble Fish (1983), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). He has been married to Fiona Dent since 1993. They have ...

Rumble Fish Wall Street

20. Alexandre Desplat

Composer | The King's Speech

Composer and conductor Alexandre Desplat, Oscar winner and seven-time Academy Award nominated, for his prolific filmography and his collaborations with Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski, George Clooney or Matteo Garrone is one ...

Girl with a Pearl Earring Birth Syriana The Queen The Painted Veil Lust, Caution The Curious Case of Benjamin Button A Prophet Julie & Julia Fantastic Mr. Fox The King's Speech The Ides of March Carnage Moonrise Kingdom Rust and Bone Argo Rise of the Guardians Zero Dark Thirty Philomena The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game The Danish Girl Florence Foster Jenkins The Shape of Water Isle of Dogs

21. Mark Isham

Composer | Crash

From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, ...

Mrs. Soffel Reversal of Fortune Billy Bathgate A River Runs Through It Short Cuts Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Quiz Show Nell Life as a House The Cooler Crash In Her Shoes Bobby

22. Bill Conti

Composer | For Your Eyes Only

Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is known for his work on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986). He is married to Shelby Cox. They have two children.

Harry and Tonto Next Stop, Greenwich Village Rocky An Unmarried Woman Uncle Joe Shannon Goldengirl Gloria Private Benjamin For Your Eyes Only Rocky III The Right Stuff The Karate Kid The Karate Kid Part II Baby Boom Broadcast News

23. Randy Edelman

Music_department | The Last of the Mohicans

Randy Edelman was born on June 10, 1947 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Six Days Seven Nights (1998) and Anaconda (1997). He has been married to Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. They have one child.

Twins The Last of the Mohicans Beethoven's 2nd The Mask While You Were Sleeping

24. Trevor Jones

Composer | Cliffhanger

As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career...

Runway Train Mississippi Burning Dominick and Eugene Sea of Love The Last of the Mohicans In the Name of the Father Richard III The Mighty Notting Hill

25. Christophe Beck

Composer | Frozen

Christophe Beck was born in 1972 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Jean-Christophe Beck. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).

The Hangover Burlesque Crazy, Stupid, Love. Frozen Cake The Peanuts Movie Trolls

26. Jon Brion

Composer | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jon Brion was born on December 11, 1963 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA as Jon Wright Brion. He is a composer, known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Other Guys (2010) and Step Brothers (2008).

Magnolia Punch-Drunk Love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Trainwreck Lady Bird

27. John Barry

Music_department | Dances with Wolves

John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...

The L-Shaped Room From Russia with Love The Knack... and How to Get It Born Free The Whisperers The Lion in Winter Midnight Cowboy On Her Majesty's Secret Service Mary, Queen of Scots The Dove The Day of the Locust The Deep Somewhere in Time Touched by Love Body Heat Frances The Cotton Club A View to a Kill Out of Africa Peggy Sue Got Married Dances with Wolves Chaplin

28. Rolfe Kent

Music_department | Up in the Air

Rolfe Kent was born in 1963 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England as Rolfe R. Kent.

Election Nurse Betty Legally Blonde Kate & Leopold About Schmidt Freaky Friday Sideways Thank You for Smoking The Matador Up in the Air Young Adult Labor Day Downsizing Stan & Ollie

29. Nicholas Britell

Composer | Moonlight

Nicholas Britell is a two-time Academy Award-nominated composer, pianist, and producer. His critically acclaimed score for Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning film Moonlight was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Original Score and was awarded the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original ...

The Big Short Moonlight Battle of the Sexes Vice If Beale Street Could Talk

30. Daniel Pemberton

Composer | Steve Jobs

Daniel Pemberton was born on November 3, 1977 in the UK. He is known for his work on Steve Jobs (2015), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and Yesterday (2019).

Steve Jobs Gold (2016 film) Molly's Game All the Money in the World Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

31. Atticus Ross

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Atticus Ross was born on January 16, 1968 in England. He is married to Claudia Sarne.

The Social Network The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Gone Girl Love & Mercy

32. J.A.C. Redford

Composer | Oliver & Company

J.A.C. Redford is an accomplished composer of concert music, film and television scores, and music for the theater. His concert compositions span a wide range of forms from symphony, choral music and ballet, to art songs and chamber music. His larger works have been performed by the Los Angeles ...

The Trip to Bountiful Extremities Oliver & Company

33. Brian Tyler

Composer | Iron Man Three

Brian Tyler is known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Eagle Eye (2008).

Furious 7 Crazy Rich Asians

34. Terence Blanchard

Composer | BlacKkKlansman

A world renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist, Terence Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. Blanchard was born and raised in New Orleans where he studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the ...

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35. Jocelyn Pook

Composer | Eyes Wide Shut

Born in Solihull in 1960, Jocelyn Pook graduated from the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1983 and began as a professional viola player. After a number of successful compositions for the concert hall and theatre, she began scoring films in 1996, starting with the short documentary ...

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