Saturday, March 14, 2015

Double Oscar Nominees

With so many composers scoring multiples of films each year, it's not surprising that composers have received multiple nominations from the Academy Awards. It almost seems like a given through the Academy history that any composer's double nomination will cancel each other out. The times the composer has won against themselves has only happened in 1941, 1977 and 2014.

A few things to note:
1. Notice the prolific writing and mass nominations of Max Steiner, Victor Young, Alfred Newman and John Williams.


2. Just by submitting a score for nomination from 1937-1945, you could receive a nomination, hence the multiple double and regular nominees.


While it's not as rare as you think, here is a list of those double (or triple) occurrences throughout the Academy Awards history.

1936

The Charge of the Light Brigade – Max Steiner
The Garden of Allah – Max Steiner

1939
Army Girl – Victor Young
Breaking the Ice – Victor Young

1939
Dark Victory – Max Steiner
Gone with the Wind – Max Steiner
Gulliver's Travels – Victor Young
Golden Boy – Victor Young
Man of Conquest – Victor Young
The Rains Came – Alfred Newman
Wuthering Heights – Alfred Newman
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Alfred Newman

1940
Arizona – Victor Young
The Dark Command – Victor Young
North West Mounted Police – Victor Young

1944
Since You Went Away - Max Steiner
Adventures of Mark Twain - Max Steiner

1941
**All That Money Can Buy – Bernard Herrmann** [WINNER]
Citizen Kane – Bernard Herrmann
Ball of Fire – Alfred Newman
How Green Was My Valley – Alfred Newman
Lydia – Miklós Rózsa
Sundown – Miklós Rózsa
Suspicion – Franz Waxman
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Franz Waxman

1942
I Married a Witch – Roy Webb
Joan of Paris – Roy Webb
Silver Queen – Victor Young
Take a Letter, Darling – Victor Young

1944
Double Indemnity – Miklós Rózsa
The Woman of the Town – Miklós Rózsa

1945

Spellbound - Miklós Rózsa
The Lost Weekend - Miklós Rózsa
A Song to Remember - Miklós Rózsa, Morris Stoloff
Captain Kidd - Werner Jansson
Guest in the House - Werner Jansson

1951

Death of a Salesman – Alex North
A Streetcar Named Desire – Alex North

1957

An Affair to Remember – Hugo Friedhofer
Boy on a Dolphin – Hugo Friedhofer

1972

Images – John Williams
The Poseidon Adventure – John Williams

1976

Obsession – Bernard Herrmann (posthumous nomination)
Taxi Driver – Bernard Herrmann (posthumous nomination)

1977
**Star Wars – John Williams** [WINNER]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – John Williams

1984

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – John Williams
The River – John Williams

1987

Empire of the Sun – John Williams
The Witches of Eastwick – John Williams

1989

Born on the Fourth of July – John Williams
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – John Williams

1994

Little Women – Thomas Newman
The Shawshank Redemption – Thomas Newman

1995

Apollo 13 – James Horner
Braveheart – James Horner

2001

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence – John Williams
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone – John Williams

2005

Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
Munich – John Williams

2011

The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
War Horse – John Williams

2014

**The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat** [WINNER]
The Imitation Game – Alexandre Desplat


Bonus:
Back through 1995-1998 the Academy split the music category to Dramatic Score and Musical/Comedy Score.  There were a few times that a composer was nominated in both - but nobody walked away with a win in both.

1995

Nixon - John Williams (Dramatic)
Sabrina  - John Williams (Comedy)


1997

Good Will Hunting  - Danny Elfman (Dramatic)
Men in Black - Danny Elfman (Comedy)


1998

Pleasantville - Randy Newman (Dramatic)
A Bug's Life - Randy Newman (Comedy)
The Thin Red Line - Hans Zimmer (Dramatic)
The Prince of Egypt - Hans Zimmer (Musical/Comedy)

Bonus x2:
From the 1940s to the 1980s, there was a separate category called Original Song Score and Adaptation.  In 1974, two people were nominated in ALL three categories - Best Original Score, Best Song Score, Best Original Song.

John Williams - 

Cinderella Liberty (Song "Nice to Be Around")
Cinderella Liberty (Dramatic Score)
Tom Sawyer (Original Song Score/Adaptation) [Shared with the Sherman Brothers]


Marvin Hamlisch - 

The Way We Were (Song "The Way We Were")
The Way We Were (Dramatic Score)
The Sting (Original Song Score/Adaptation)


And Marvin Hamlisch WON FOR ALL THREE.

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