This year’s nominees for Best Original Score include first-timers and fifty-timers.
Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
This sounds an awful lot like Newman’s score to The Shawshank Redemption if you ask me. Newman has been nominated thirteen times and has never won an Oscar.
Carter Burwell, Carol
I was surprised to learn that Burwell (Raising Arizona, Fargo, In Bruges) has never been nominated before.
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
He is probably the most influential living film composer, and he has never won. They gave him an Honorary Oscar in 2006.
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
He was nominated last year for his lovely score for The Theory of Everything, which is a world away from Sicario. Those cello notes in the Juarez convoy scene still haunt me.
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In all, Williams has been nominated for an Oscar a staggering 50 times. He has taken home the award five times (Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., Schindler’s List). Pretty much Spielberg’s favourite composer, so I have no idea why he hired Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies.