Thomas Newman

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Thomas Newman (2010)

Thomas Montgomery Newman (* 20th October 1955 in Los Angeles , California ) is an American composer of film music .


Newman was born in 1955 in Los Angeles as the youngest son of the film composer Alfred Newman and his wife Martha Louise (née Montgomery). He graduated from Yale University with a "Master of Music Composition".

His uncles are the film composers Lionel and Emil Newman , his brother is the composer David Newman and his cousin is the singer and songwriter Randy Newman .

Newman has so far been nominated 14 times for an Oscar in the category " Best Film Music ", most recently in 2020 for Sam Mendes ' War Film 1917 , but has never received it. Along with Alex North , he holds the record for most nominations for best film music without a single win. In 1994 Newman was nominated twice, both for Betty and Her Sisters and for The Condemned . Furthermore, Newman was once nominated for an Oscar in the " Best Song " category.

In 2012, Newman replaced David Arnold as composer of the soundtracks for the James Bond films. He had previously set five James Bond films to music. Newman received a Grammy Award for his soundtrack to James Bond 007: Skyfall .

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  1. Thomas Newman composes the score for Skyfall