He was 61 when he died in a plane crash on June 22, 2015. She previously worked on the Britannica Book of the Year and was a member... Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. 2010 Nominee Oscar: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Avatar (2009) 2004 Nominee Oscar: Best Music, Original Score House of Sand and Fog (2003) 2002 Nominee Oscar: Best Music, Original Score A Beautiful Mind (2001) Showing all 54 wins and 89 nominations. James Horner Biography by John D. Buchanan + Follow Artist. A prolific composer and arranger for films from the late '70s into the new millennium. James Horner Composer - One of the most popular and prolific film composers of the 1980s and 1990s, James Horner has displayed a gift for writing scores on the epic scale of such composers as Jerry Goldsmith, but has also shown a knack for bolder and more contemporary sounds as well as subtle and contemplative fare. James Horner. She has a B.A. The two-time Oscar winner is known for his heart-touching scores for Titanic, Braveheart and Field of Dreams. This is the full obituary story where you can express condolences and share memories. James Roy Horner, American film composer (born Aug. 14, 1953, Los Angeles, Calif.—died June 22, 2015, Los Padres National Forest, California), provided the sound palette and emotional underpinning for dozens of motion pictures, most notably in his soaring score for James Cameron’s 1997 drama Titanic, for which Horner won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award. Horner studied at the Royal College of Music in London, the University of Southern California, and UCLA. Academy Awards, USA. with a double major in Spanish and in theatre arts from Ripon College. In addition, he and lyricist Will Jennings received both an Oscar and a Golden Globe as well as three Grammy Awards (record of the year, song of the year, and best song written for a motion picture or for television) for the song “My Heart Will Go On,” which played over the film’s closing credits. Assistant Editor, Encyclopaedia Britannica. Read Full Biography. In addition, he scored five films that were released in 2015 and composed music for a remake of The Magnificent Seven that was scheduled for release in 2016. James Horner passed away 2020-7-24 in The Villages, Florida. Read Full Biography. Horner drew on traditional Celtic and classical sources in writing music that was sensitive to the settings and themes of the films that it enhanced, and his services were much in demand. Omissions? For the classical work "Pas de Deux," in recognition of the life and work of the composer who died ... More. He also provided the music for the children’s movies Willow and Land Before Time (both 1988) and for the blockbusters Field of Dreams (1989), Glory (1989), Braveheart (1995), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Avatar (2009), for each of which he received a nomination for a Golden Globe, an Oscar, or both. For the song "My Heart Will Go On", performed by Céline Dion. Horner was killed in the crash of a small aircraft that he was piloting. Awards. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. A prolific composer and arranger for films from the late '70s into the new millennium. James Roy Horner, American film composer (born Aug. 14, 1953, Los Angeles, Calif.—died June 22, 2015, Los Padres National Forest, California), provided the sound palette and emotional underpinning for dozens of motion pictures, most notably in his soaring score for James Cameron’s 1997 drama Titanic, for which Horner won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award.

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