James Newton Howard

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James Newton Howard
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Howard at premiere of The Dark Knight, 2008
Background information
Born (1951-06-09) June 9, 1951 (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Film scores
Occupation(s) Composer, musician, songwriter
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts Hans Zimmer, Elton John, Toto, Remote Control Productions

James Newton Howard (born June 9, 1951) is an American composer, conductor, music producer and musician. Throughout his career, he has scored over 100 films of all scales and genres, earning multiple award nominations for his work. He is the recipient of a Grammy Award, Emmy Award, and eight Academy Award nominations. His best known film scores include Pretty Woman (1990), The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), The Sixth Sense (1999), Treasure Planet (2002), The Village (2004), King Kong (2005), Batman Begins (2005), I Am Legend (2007), Blood Diamond (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Hunger Games (2012), The Bourne Legacy (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. He has frequently collaborated with director M. Night Shyamalan, having scored nine of his films since The Sixth Sense. He is renowned for being a fast composer due to his work on large-scale films such as King Kong and The Hunger Games, both of which were composed in approximately one month.[citation needed]

Early life and career[edit]

James Newton Howard was born in Los Angeles. He came from a musical family; his grandmother was the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster and violinist during the 1930s and 40s.[1]

Howard began studying music as a child, taking classical piano lessons at the age of four.[1] He went on to attend the Thacher School in Ojai, California and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California with Reginald Stewart and Leon Fleischer.[1] He then attended the University of Southern California, studying at the School of Music as a piano performance major, but dropped out after 6 weeks because "He wanted to do other things than practicing the piano."[2]

After Howard left college, he joined a short-lived rock band, then worked for a couple of years as a session musician with artists including Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson.[citation needed] In the early 70s, he described himself as being "dirt poor", until his big break in 1975 when his manager got him an audition with Elton John.[3] He joined Elton's band and toured with them as keyboardist during the late 70s and early 80s.[citation needed] He was part of the band that played Central Park, New York, on September 13, 1980.[citation needed] True to his intentions of doing more than just playing the piano, Howard also arranged strings for several of Elton's songs during this period including the hits "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", as well as playing additional keyboards and synthesizers on several of Elton's studio albums, including Rock of the Westies (1975), Blue Moves (1976), 21 at 33 (1980), and The Fox (1981).

In 1982, Howard was featured on Toto IV as the strings conductor and orchestrator for "I Won't Hold You Back", "Afraid of Love", and "Lovers in the Night". A year later, he released the live album James Newton Howard and Friends, which featured Toto's David Paich (keyboards), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums), and Joe Porcaro (percussion).[citation needed]

In 1983, Howard was co-producer, musician (keyboards), and orchestrator of Riccardo Cocciante's album Sincerità.[citation needed]

After briefly touring with Crosby, Stills and Nash, he took an opportunity brought to him by his manager to write a film score for a small-time movie.[citation needed] This career move would lead to his becoming a successful film music composer.[citation needed] During this early foray into film music, he did not entirely abandon his previous musical path and returned for a brief collaboration with Elton John on his Tour De Force of Australia in the fall of 1986. He conducted both his own and Paul Buckmaster's arrangements during the second half of the set, which focused on orchestrated performances of selected songs from the Elton John catalog.[citation needed]

When delving into his family history, twenty-five years after the death of his father, Howard learned that his paternal family heritage was Jewish. He would later became a practicing Reconstructionist Jew.[4][5]

1990s[edit]

Howard scored the surprise blockbuster romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990) and received his first Academy Award nomination for his score for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of Tides (1991).[citation needed] Setting the musical mood for numerous films throughout the decade, Howard's skills encompassed a plethora of genres, including four more best original score Oscar nominations, for the Harrison Ford action feature The Fugitive (1993), the Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004), and Michael Clayton (2007).[citation needed] In addition, Howard scored the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994), Kevin Costner's Waterworld (1995), and Primal Fear (1996). His collaborations on songs for One Fine Day (1996) and Junior (1994) garnered Oscar nominations for Best Song.[citation needed] Along with scoring small-scaled, independent films such as Five Corners (1988), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), and American Heart (1993), Howard proved equally skilled at composing for big-budget Hollywood spectacles, including Space Jam (1996), Dante's Peak (1997) (theme only – score was composed by John Frizzell), and Collateral (2004). He has also scored three Disney feature films: Dinosaur (2000), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and Treasure Planet (2002). Although he concentrates primarily on films, Howard has also contributed music for TV, earning an Emmy nomination in 1995 for his theme to NBC's ratings smash ER (Howard also scored the two-hour pilot); he also provided the themes for The Sentinel and Gideon's Crossing, winning an Emmy for the latter.[citation needed]

He has scored all of Shyamalan's suspense thrillers, The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008), and The Last Airbender (2010), notably dropping the intense, yet subtle, opening credit music for The Sixth Sense from the corresponding soundtrack album.[citation needed]

2000s[edit]

On October 14, 2005 it was officially announced that James Newton Howard would replace Howard Shore as composer for King Kong, due to "differing creative aspirations for the score" between Shore and director Peter Jackson.[6] The resultant score earned Howard his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.[citation needed] His work on Michael Clayton earned him an Oscar nomination.[citation needed] He followed in 2008 with his eighth Oscar nomination for Edward Zwick's Defiance.[citation needed] He also collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the scores for Batman Begins and its record-breaking sequel The Dark Knight.

Some of his most recent works are The Happening, his sixth film with M. Night Shyamalan, Blood Diamond, Michael Clayton, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, I Am Legend, Charlie Wilson's War, and the M. Night Shyamalan film adaptation of the Nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender. Additionally, in a radio interview[7] from early 2008, Howard revealed that he would collaborate with Terrence Malick "in about a year", a project likely to be the director's upcoming Tree of Life. However, it was later announced that Alexandre Desplat would provide the score.[citation needed]

Howard debuted his work for symphony orchestra, I Would Plant A Tree, in February 2009 as part of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival. The debut took place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, with the Symphony under the direction of Carl St.Clair.[8]

In 2009, he was awarded a Grammy along with Hans Zimmer for the soundtrack to The Dark Knight.[citation needed]

After being replaced in later seasons, his original theme song for the hit TV show ER returned for the final episode of the series.[citation needed]

In September 2010, he was appointed visiting professor of media composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.[9]

In 2014-15, Howard saw major success with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when he composed the score for the movie, which included "The Hanging Tree", featuring vocals from American actress Jennifer Lawrence. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest-charting single from The Hunger Games movies and both Howard's and Lawrence's first chart single.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1974 James Newton Howard
1982 Toto IV Conductor/Orchestrator(Strings) for I Won't Hold You Back, Afraid of Love, and Lovers in the Night.
1983 James Newton Howard and Friends Recorded live, direct-to-disc. Features David Paich (keyboards), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Joe Porcaro (percussion).

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1985 Head Office Ken Finkelman HBO Pictures
TriStar Pictures
Film scoring debut. Composed with Alan Howarth.
1986 Wildcats (with Hawk Wolinski) Michael Ritchie Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records with songs co-written by Howard and one score cue
8 Million Ways to Die Hal Ashby Producers Sales Organization
TriStar Pictures
N/A
Tough Guys Jeff Kanew Touchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Patterns II
Bryna Productions
N/A
Nobody's Fool Evelyn Purcell Island Pictures N/A
1987 Campus Man Ron Casden RKO Pictures
Paramount Pictures
N/A
Five Corners Tony Bill HandMade Films
Cineplex-Odeon Films
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
First score by Howard to have an album release.
Russkies Rick Rosenthal New Century Vista Film Company Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
1988 Promised Land Michael Hoffman Vestron Pictures Soundtrack released by Private Music
Off Limits Christopher Crowe 20th Century Fox Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Some Girls Michael Hoffman United Artists
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
N/A
Go Toward the Light Mike Robe RHI Entertainment television film
Everybody's All-American Taylor Hackford Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Capitol Records with one song co-written by Howard; no score included
1989 Tap Nick Castle TriStar Pictures Soundtrack released by Epic Records with one song co-written by Howard; no score included
Men various ABC TV series pilot and theme.
Nominated for an Emmy Award.
Major League David S. Ward Morgan Creek Productions
Paramount Pictures
Soundtrack released by Curb Records with two songs co-written by Howard and two score cues
The Package Andrew Davis Orion Pictures Soundtrack released by Prometheus Records
1990 The Image Peter Werner Home Box Office television film
Coupe de Ville Joe Roth Morgan Creek Productions
Universal Pictures
N/A
Pretty Woman Garry Marshall Touchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Patterns III
Cue "She Rescues Him Right Back" written by Thomas Pasatieri.
Soundtrack released by EMI America; no score included
Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler Michael Seitzer MCA Television Entertainment television film
Flatliners Joel Schumacher Columbia Pictures N/A
Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Frank Pierson Home Box Office
MCA Television Entertainment
television film
Marked for Death Dwight H. Little Steamroller Productions
20th Century Fox
Soundtrack released by Delicious Vinyl with one score cue
3 Men and a Little Lady Emile Ardolino Touchstone Pictures
Interscope Communications
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with 20 mins. of score
Descending Angel Jeremy Kagan Home Box Office television film
1991 King Ralph David S. Ward Universal Pictures N/A
Guilty by Suspicion Irwin Winkler Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande with 13 mins. of score
End Title composed with Alan and Marilyn Bergman
One of the few James Newton Howard film scores to be conducted by the composer
Dying Young Joel Schumacher 20th Century Fox Soundtrack released by Arista Records with 28 mins. of score
The Man in the Moon Robert Mulligan Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Soundtrack released by Reprise Records
My Girl Howard Zieff Imagine Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Soundtrack released by Columbia Records with one score cut
Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan 20th Century Fox Soundtrack released by Milan
Expanded edition later released by La-La Land Records
The Prince of Tides Barbra Streisand Columbia Pictures Replaced John Barry
Soundtrack released by Columbia Records with 44 minutes of score
Includes song co-written by Howard and performed by Barbra Streisand not used in the film.
Academy Award Nominee for Best Original Score.
1992 A Private Matter Joan Micklin Silver Mirage Enterprises
Home Box Office
television film
Diggstown Michael Ritchie Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande; conducted by Howard
2000 Malibu Road various Spelling Television TV series theme
Glengarry Glen Ross James Foley New Line Cinema
LIVE Entertainment (US)
The Rank Organisation (International)
Soundtrack released by Elektra with just over 16 mins. of score; conducted by Howard
American Heart Martin Bell Triton Pictures Independent film.
Night and the City Irwin Winkler 20th Century Fox Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with two songs co-written by Howard and one score cue
1993 Alive Frank Marshall The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Touchstone Pictures (US/Canada)
Paramount Pictures (International)
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Falling Down Joel Schumacher Le Studio Canal+
Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros.
Replaced Graeme Revell
Soundtrack released by Intrada Records
Dave Ivan Reitman Northern Lights Entertainment
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Big Screen Records – cover erroneously credits Howard as the conductor (score actually conducted by Marty Paich); expanded edition later released by La-La Land
The Fugitive Andrew Davis Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Elektra; complete score later released by La-La Land
Academy Award Nominee for Best Original Score.
The Saint of Fort Washington Tim Hunter Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
1994 Intersection Mark Rydell Paramount Pictures Soundtrack released by Milan
Wyatt Earp Lawrence Kasdan Tig Productions
Kasdan Pictures
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records; complete score later released by La-La Land
ER various Amblin Television
Warner Bros. Television
TV series theme and pilot score
Soundtrack released by Atlantic Records with Howard's theme in TV and complete versions
Nominated for an Emmy Award.
Junior Ivan Reitman Northern Lights Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
The song "Look What Love Has Done" was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
1995 Just Cause Arne Glimcher Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Outbreak Wolfgang Petersen Warner Bros. Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
French Kiss Lawrence Kasdan PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Working Title Films
20th Century Fox
Soundtrack released by Mercury Records with one score cue
Waterworld Kevin Reynolds Gordon Company
Davis Entertainment
Licht/Mueller Film Corporation
Universal Pictures
Replaced Mark Isham (who did only demos; his music box melody remains in the movie)
Soundtrack released by MCA
Restoration Michael Hoffman Miramax Films Soundtrack released by Milan with 44 minutes of score
1996 Eye for an Eye John Schlesinger Paramount Pictures Soundtrack released by La-La Land
The Juror Brian Gibson Columbia Pictures Replaced John Barry
Primal Fear Gregory Hoblit Rysher Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Soundtrack released by Milan with 28 and a half minutes of score
Imagine Entertainment ID N/A N/A Logo theme.
The Trigger Effect David Koepp Amblin Entertainment
Gramercy Pictures (US/Canada)
Universal Pictures (International)
N/A
The Rich Man's Wife Amy Holden Jones Hollywood Pictures
Caravan Pictures
Theme only; score by John Frizzell
Space Jam Joe Pytka Northern Lights Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Separate score and song albums released by Atlantic Records
Song album includes one track co-written by Howard
One Fine Day Michael Hoffman Lynda Obst Productions
20th Century Fox
Soundtrack released by Columbia Records with a song co-written by Howard and one score suite
The song "For the First Time" was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
The Sentinel various Paramount Network Television TV series theme only; scores by Steve Porcaro and John M. Keane
Soundtrack released by Sonic Images with Howard's theme in main and end title versions
1997 Dante's Peak Roger Donaldson Pacific Western Production
Universal Pictures
Theme and some cues; majority of score by John Frizzell
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Liar Liar Tom Shadyac Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Theme only; score by John Debney
Soundtrack released by MCA
Fathers' Day Ivan Reitman Silver Pictures
Northern Lights Entertainment
Warner Bros.
N/A
My Best Friend's Wedding P.J. Hogan Zucker Brothers Productions
TriStar Pictures
Soundtrack released by Sony/Work with one score suite
For Your Consideration promo with just over 24 minutes issued
Nominated for the Academy Award in the category Best Original Musical or Comedy Score.
The Devil's Advocate Taylor Hackford Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by TVT with just over 39 minutes of score
The Postman Kevin Costner Tig Productions
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records with just under 50 minutes of score
1998 From the Earth to the Moon various Home Box Office Score for part 6: "Mare Tranquilitatis"
Soundtrack released by Epic Soundtrax with period pop songs and Michael Kamen's opening and closing theme music; no episode scores
A Perfect Murder Andrew Davis Kopelson Entertainment
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
1999 Runaway Bride Garry Marshall Lakeshore Entertainment
Interscope Communications
Paramount Pictures (US/Canada)
Touchstone Pictures (International)
Soundtrack released by Sony; no score
Stir of Echoes David Koepp Artisan Entertainment (US/Canada)
20th Century Fox (International)
Soundtrack released by Nettwerk with 17 and a half minutes of score
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Barry Mendel Productions
Hollywood Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Replaced a yet unknown composer
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Mumford Lawrence Kasdan Touchstone Pictures Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with just under 25 minutes of score
Snow Falling on Cedars Scott Hicks The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Decca Records
Wayward Son Randall Harris Avenue Pictures (International; The movie had no distributor in the United States) Composed with Steve Porcaro
2000 Dinosaur Eric Leighton
Ralph Zondag
Walt Disney Pictures Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
Gideon's Crossing (Emmy Winner) various Heel and Toe Films
Touchstone Television
TV series theme.
Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Title Theme Music.
Unbreakable M. Night Shyamalan Barry Mendel Productions
Blinding Edge Pictures
Touchstone Pictures
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Vertical Limit Martin Campbell Columbia Pictures Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Gary Trousdale
Kirk Wise
Walt Disney Pictures Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
73-minute FYC promo issued
America's Sweethearts Joe Roth Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
Soundtrack released by Atlantic Records with one score suite
2002 Big Trouble Barry Sonnenfeld Touchstone Pictures N/A
Signs M. Night Shyamalan The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Blinding Edge Pictures
Touchstone Pictures
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Unconditional Love P.J. Hogan New Line Cinema N/A
The Emperor's Club Michael Hoffman Beacon Communications
Fine Line Features
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Treasure Planet Ron Clements
John Musker
Walt Disney Pictures Replaced Alan Silvestri
Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records with about 47 and a half minutes of score
2003 Dreamcatcher Lawrence Kasdan Castle Rock Entertainment
Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Peter Pan P.J. Hogan Revolution Studios
Red Wagon Productions
Allied Stars Ltd
Universal Pictures (US/Canada/Australia)
Columbia Pictures (International)
"Flying" later used in commercials for Disneyland Paris
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
2004 Hidalgo Joe Johnston Carey Silver Productions
Touchstone Pictures
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
The Village M. Night Shyamalan Blinding Edge Pictures
Touchstone Pictures
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Collateral Michael Mann DreamWorks Pictures (US/Canada)
Paramount Pictures (International)
Soundtrack released by Hip-O Records with three Howard cues
Composed with Tom Rothrock and Antonio Pinto
2005 The Interpreter Sydney Pollack Working Title Films
Mirage Enterprises
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Batman Begins Christopher Nolan DC Comics
Syncopy Inc.
Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros.
Composed with Hans Zimmer.
Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records.
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Mark Cowen Playtone
IMAX
Theme only; score by Blake Neely
King Kong Peter Jackson WingNut Films
Universal Pictures
Replaced Howard Shore
Soundtrack released by Decca Records.
Additonnal music by Blake Neely and Chris P. Bacon.
Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score.
2006 Freedomland Joe Roth Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande.
Composed with Mel Wesson.
Sony Pictures Animation ID N/A N/A Logo theme.
RV Barry Sonnenfeld Relativity Media
Red Wagon Entertainment
Intermedia Films
Columbia Pictures
Composed with Stuart Michael Thomas and Blake Neely.
Lady in the Water M. Night Shyamalan Legendary Pictures
Blinding Edge Pictures
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Decca Records
Blood Diamond Edward Zwick Bedford Falls Productions
Virtual Studios
Initial Entertainment Group
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande with 51 and a half minutes of score
2007 The Lookout Scott Frank Spyglass Entertainment
Miramax Films
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records as an iTunes exclusive.
Composed with Clay Duncan and Stuart Michael Thomas.
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy Section Eight Productions
Mirage Enterprises
Castle Rock Entertainment
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
I Am Legend Francis Lawrence Weed Road Pictures
Overbrook Entertainment
Heyday Films
Original Film
Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Jay Russell Revolution Studios
Walden Media
Beacon Communications
Columbia Pictures
Soundtrack released by Sony Classical with 46 minutes of score
iTunes release includes 12 more minutes of score
Charlie Wilson's War Mike Nichols Relativity Media
Participant Productions
Playtone
Universal Pictures
Replaced Ry Cooder
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
One track co-written by Gingger Shankar
The Great Debaters Denzel Washington Harpo Productions
The Weinstein Company
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande.
Composed with Peter Golub.
2008 Mad Money Callie Khouri Millenium Films
Overture Films
Composed with Marty Davich.
The Happening M. Night Shyamalan Spyglass Entertainment
Blinding Edge Pictures
UTV Motion Pictures
Dune Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan DC Comics
Syncopy Inc.
Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records in one-disc and two-disc editions.
Composed with Hans Zimmer.
Nominated for the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music at the BAFTA Awards, shared with Hans Zimmer.
Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Shadow Distribution (US theatrical)
Oscilloscope Pictures (US home video)
Soundtrack released by Nonesuch with one score track.
Composed with Marty Davich.
Defiance (Oscar Nomination) Edward Zwick Bedford Falls Productions
Paramount Vantage
Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic P.J. Hogan Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Touchstone Pictures
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records with one score suite
Duplicity Tony Gilroy Relativity Media
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Wings Over the Rockies Tod Williams Holding Pictures Short film.
It's Complicated Nancy Meyers Relativity Media
Waverly Films
Dentsu
Universal Pictures
Some additional music with Hans Zimmer.
2010 Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Susanna White Relativity Media
Working Title Films
StudioCanal
Universal Pictures
Took over from Thomas Newman (who left and did not do a score)
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Salt Phillip Noyce Di Bonaventura Pictures
Rainmaker Digital Effects
Columbia Pictures
Soundtrack released by Madison Gate Records
The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan Nickelodeon Movies
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Blinding Edge Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Soundtrack released by Lakeshore Records
Inhale Baltasar Kormákur IFC Films N/A
Love & Other Drugs Edward Zwick Fox 2000 Pictures
Regency Enterprises
New Regency
Stuber Pictures
20th Century Fox
N/A
The Tourist Florian Henckel von Donnersmack GK Films
Spyglass Entertainment
StudioCanal
Columbia Pictures
Replaced Gabriel Yared
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande (includes one track retained from Yared's thrown-out score)
2011 Larry Crowne Tom Hanks Playtone
StudioCanal
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Rhino Records with one score track
Water for Elephants Francis Lawrence Fox 2000 Pictures
Dune Entertainment
Ingenious Media
20th Century Fox
Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
The Green Hornet Michel Gondry Original Film
Columbia Pictures
Replaced Danny Elfman due to a scheduling conflict
Gnomeo & Juliet Kelly Asbury Touchstone Pictures
Miramax Films (uncredited)
Rocket Pictures
Arc Productions
Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records.
Composed with Chris P. Bacon.
Green Lantern Martin Campbell DC Entertainment
De Line Pictures
Warner Bros.
Soundtrack released by Watertower Music
Darling Companion Lawrence Kasdan Sony Pictures Classics (USA)
Sierra / Affinity (International)
N/A
2012 The Hunger Games Gary Ross Color Force
Lionsgate
Replaced Danny Elfman due to a scheduling conflict
Score album released by Universal Republic
Snow White and the Huntsman Rupert Sanders Roth Films
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Universal Republic
The Bourne Legacy Tony Gilroy Relativity Media
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Captivate Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
2013 After Earth M. Night Shyamalan Overbrook Entertainment
Blinding Edge Pictures
Relativity Media
Columbia Pictures
Soundtrack released by Sony Masterworks
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Francis Lawrence Color Force
Lionsgate
Score album released by Universal Republic
Parkland Peter Landesman American Film Company
Playtone
Exclusive Media Group
Soundtrack released by Rhino as a digital download
2014 Maleficent Robert Stromberg Roth Films
Walt Disney Pictures
Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Francis Lawrence Color Force
Lionsgate
Score album released by Universal Republic
Cut Bank Matt Shakman Kilburn Media
A24
N/A
Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy Bold Films
Open Road Films
Soundtrack released by Lakeshore Records
Pawn Sacrifice Edward Zwick Blecker Street Wide release on September 18, 2015.
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Francis Lawrence Color Force
Lionsgate
In pre-production.
Concussion Peter Landesman Scott Free Productions
Columbia Pictures
In pre-production
The American Can Edward Zwick N/A N/A

Accolades[edit]

In May 2008 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Award Year Project Category Outcome
Academy Awards 1992 The Prince of Tides Best Original Score Nominated
1994 The Fugitive Best Original Score Nominated
1995 Junior (shared with Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and Patty Smyth) Best Original Song Nominated
1997 One Fine Day (shared with Jud Friedman and Allan Dennis Rich) Best Original Song Nominated
1998 My Best Friend's Wedding Best Original Musical or Comedy Score Nominated
2005 The Village Best Achievement In Music Written for Motion Pictures - Original Score Nominated
2008 Michael Clayton Best Achievement In Music Written for Motion Pictures - Original Score Nominated
2009 Defiance Best Achievement In Music Written for Motion Pictures - Original Score Nominated
Annie Awards 2000 Dinosaur Music in a Feature Production Nominated
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Music in a Feature Production Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2009 The Dark Knight (shared with Hans Zimmer) Anthony Asquith Award for Best Film Music Nominated
Emmy Awards 1989 Men Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music Nominated
1995 ER Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music Nominated
2001 Gideon's Crossing Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Won
Golden Globe Awards 1995 Junior (shared with Carole Bayer Sager, James Ingram and Patty Smyth) Best Original Song Nominated
1997 One Fine Day (shared with Jud Friedman and Allan Dennis Rich) Best Original Song Nominated
2006 King Kong Best Original Score Nominated
2009 Defiance Best Original Score Nominated
Grammy Awards 1998 One Fine Day (shared with Jud Friedman and Allan Dennis Rich) Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television Nominated
2008 Blood Diamond Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2009 The Dark Knight (shared with Hans Zimmer) Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Won
Satellite Awards 2000 Snow Falling on Cedars Best Original Score Nominated
2007 The Lookout Best Original Score Nominated
2010 Salt Best Original Score Nominated
2011 Water for Elephants Best Original Score Nominated
Saturn Awards 2000 Dinosaur Best Music Nominated
2006 Batman Begins (shared with Hans Zimmer) Best Music Nominated
2009 The Dark Knight (shared with Hans Zimmer) Best Music Won
World Soundtrack Awards 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (shared with Diane Warren) Best Original Song Written for a Film Nominated
2005 Batman Begins (shared with Hans Zimmer) Best Original Soundtrack of the Year Nominated
2006 King Kong Best Original Soundtrack of the Year Nominated
Soundtrack Composer of the Year Nominated
2008 I Am Legend Soundtrack Composer of the Year Won
Michael Clayton Won
Charlie Wilson's War Won
2013 The Bourne Legacy Film Composer of the Year Nominated
After Earth Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "James Newton Howard". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ "USC Thornton School of Music : About Us: Board of Advisors: James Newton Howard". Usc.edu. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  3. ^ "James Newton Howard – Elton John Story". Yamaha All Access on youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  4. ^ Commentary track of Defiance, 42:10
  5. ^ Fowler, Lilly (February 19, 2009). "Family Secret, Persistent Bias Inspire Soul of 'Defiance' Score". Jews and Oscars. Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  6. ^ "SoundtrackNet : News : James Newton Howard replaces Howard Shore on King Kong". Soundtrack.net. October 14, 2005. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Bob Edwards Weekend @". Podcast.com. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  8. ^ Pacificsymphony.org[dead link]
  9. ^ "New Appointments". Royal Academy of Music. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 

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