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TIMELINES

COMPARING COMPOSERS' FEATURE CAREERS, PART ONE

By Scott Bettencourt


JOHN BARRY

AGE
26 - First Feature Score - Beat Girl
29 - First Hollywood Film - Mister Moses
29 - First Blockbuster Hit - Goldfinger
33 - First Oscar Nomination - Born Free
33 - First and Second Oscars [Score, Song] - Born Free
35 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Lion in Winter
35 - Third Oscar [Original Score] - The Lion in Winter
36 - First Best Picture Winner - Midnight Cowboy
52 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - Out of Africa
52 - Fourth Oscar [Original Score] - Out of Africa
52 - Second Best Picture Winner - Out of Africa
57 - Fifth Oscar [Original Score] - Dances With Wolves
57 - Third Best Picture Winner - Dances With Wolves
57 - Highest Grossing Film [$184 mil] - Dances With Wolves
59 - Seventh Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - Chaplin
68 - Final Feature Score (to date) - Enigma


ELMER BERNSTEIN

29 - First Feature Score - Saturday's Hero
33 - First Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - The Man with the Golden Arm
34 - First Blockbuster Hit - The Ten Commandments
34 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Ten Commandments
40 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - To Kill a Mockingbird
47 - Tenth Oscar Nomination [Original Song] - True Grit
62 - Highest Grossing Film [$238 mil] - Ghostbusters
70 - Final Oscar Nomination - Far from Heaven
70 - Final Feature Score - Far from Heaven


BRUCE BROUGHTON

38 - First Feature Score - The Prodigal
39 - First Studio Feature - The Ice Pirates
40 - First Oscar Nomination - Silverado
53 - Highest Grossing Film [$73 mil] - Lost in Space


CARTER BURWELL

29 - First Feature Score - Blood Simple
31 - First Studio Feature - Psycho III
41 - First Best Picture Nominee - Fargo
44 - First $100 Million Hit - The General's Daughter
44 - Highest Grossing Film [$102 mil] - The General's Daughter


BILL CONTI

27 - First Feature Score - A Candidate for a Killing
31 - First Hollywood Film - Blume in Love
34 - First Best Picture Nominee - Rocky
34 - First Best Picture Winner - Rocky
34 - First Oscar Nomination [Original Song] - Rocky
34 - First $100 Million Hit - Rocky
40 - Highest Grossing Film [$125 mil] - Rocky III
41 - First Original Score Nominee - The Right Stuff
41 - First Oscar [Original Score] - The Right Stuff


JOHN DEBNEY

31 - First Feature Score - The Curse
34 - First Studio Feature - Jetsons: The Movie
41 - First $100 Million Hit - Liar, Liar
48 - First Oscar Nomination - The Passion of the Christ
48 - Highest Grossing Film [$370 mil] - The Passion of the Christ


GEORGES DELERUE

32 - First Feature Score - Girl in His Pocket
34 - First International Hit - Hiroshima, Mon Amour
41 - First Best Picture Nominee - A Man for All Seasons
41 - First Best Picture Winner - A Man for All Seasons
44 - First Hollywood Film - A Walk with Love and Death
44 - First Oscar Nomination - Anne of the Thousand Days
54 - First Oscar - A Little Romance
60 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - Agnes of God
61 - Highest Grossing Film [$137 mil] - Platoon
61 - Second Best Picture Winner - Platoon
67 - Final Feature Score - Rich in Love


PATRICK DOYLE

36 - First Feature Score - Henry V
38 - First Hollywood Film - Dead Again
42 - First Best Picture Nominee - Sense and Sensibility
42 - First Oscar Nomination - Sense and Sensibility
52 - First $100 Million Hit - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
52 - Highest Grossing Film [$289 mil] - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


DANNY ELFMAN

27 - First Feature Score - Forbidden Zone
32 - First Studio Feature - Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
36 - First $100 Million Hit - Batman
44 - First Best Picture Nominee - Good Will Hunting
44 - First Oscar Nomination - Good Will Hunting
49 - Highest Grossing Film [$403 mil] - Spider-Man
49 - First Best Picture Winner - Chicago


GEORGE FENTON

30 - First Feature Score - Hussy
32 - First Oscar Nomination - Gandhi
32 - First Best Picture Winner - Gandhi
39 - First Hollywood Film - We're No Angels
41 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - The Fisher King
49 - First $100 Million Hit - You've Got Mail
54 - Highest Grossing Film [$159 mil] - Hitch


ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL

25 - First Feature Score - Cocaine Cowboys
35 - First Studio Feature - Pet Sematary
40 - First $100 Million Hit - Interview with the Vampire
40 - First Oscar Nomination - Interview with the Vampire
41 - Highest Grossing Film [$184 mil] - Batman Forever
48 - First Oscar [Original Score] - Frida


JERRY GOLDSMITH

28 - First Feature Score - Black Patch
28 - First Studio Feature - Black Patch
33 - First Oscar Nomination - Freud
34 - First Best Picture Nominee - Lilies of the Field
39 - First Blockbuster Hit - Planet of the Apes
41 - First Best Picture Winner - Patton
41 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - Patton
47 - Tenth Oscar Nomination - The Omen
47 - First Oscar [Original Score] - The Omen
57 - Fifteenth Oscar Nomination - Hoosiers
68 - Highest Grossing Film [$172 mil] - Air Force One
68 - Fifth Best Picture Nominee - L.A. Confidential
69 - Final Oscar Nomination [Comedy or Musical Score] - Mulan
74 - Final Feature Score - Looney Tunes: Back in Action


DAVE GRUSIN

34 - First Feature Score - Divorce, American Style
34 - First Studio Feature - Divorce, American Style
34 - First Blockbuster Hit - The Graduate
34 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Graduate
44 - First Oscar Nomination - Heaven Can Wait
47 - Fifth Best Picture Nominee - On Golden Pond
48 - Highest Grossing Film [$177 mil] - Tootsie
54 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - The Milagro Beanfield War
54 - First Oscar [Original Score] - The Milagro Beanfield War


MARVIN HAMLISCH

24 - First Feature Score - The Swimmer
24 - First Studio Feature - The Swimmer
27 - First Oscar Nomination [Original Song] - Kotch
29 - First Blockbuster Hit - The Sting
29 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Sting
29 - First Best Picture Winner - The Sting
29 - First Original Score Nomination - The Way We Were
29 - First, Second, Third Oscars - The Way We Were, The Sting
29 - Highest Grossing Film [$156 mil] - The Sting
33 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - The Spy Who Loved Me
41 - Tenth Oscar Nomination [Original Song] - A Chorus Line
52 - Final Feature Score [to date] - The Mirror Has Two Faces


BERNARD HERRMANN

30 - First Feature Score - Citizen Kane
30 - First Studio Feature - Citizen Kane
30 - First Best Picture Nominee - Citizen Kane
30 - First Oscar Nomination - Citizen Kane
30 - First Oscar [Original Score] - All That Money Can Buy
49 - Highest Grossing Film [$32 mil] - Psycho
63 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - Taxi Driver
63 - Final Feature Score - Taxi Driver


JAMES HORNER

26 - First Feature Score- The Lady in Red
28 - First Studio Feature - The Hand
30 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Dresser
33 - First and Second Oscar Nominations [Score, Song] - Aliens, An American Tail
36 - First $100 Million Hit - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
42 - First Best Picture Winner - Braveheart
42 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - Braveheart
44 - Second Best Picture Winner - Titanic
44 - First and Second Oscars [Score, Song] - Titanic
44 - Highest Grossing Film [$600 mil] - Titanic
48 - Third Best Picture Winner - A Beautiful Mind


JAMES NEWTON HOWARD

34 - First Feature Score - Head Office
34 - First Studio Feature - Head Office
39 - First $100 Million Hit - Pretty Woman
40 - First Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - The Prince of Tides
40 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Prince of Tides
46 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Comedy Score] - My Best Friend's Wedding
48 - Highest Grossing Film [$293 mil] - The Sixth Sense


MARK ISHAM

32 - First Feature Score - Never Cry Wolf
32 - First Studio Feature - Never Cry Wolf
41 - First Oscar Nomination - A River Runs Through It
43 - First Best Picture Nominee - Quiz Show
50 - Highest Grossing Film [$91 mil] - Save the Last Dance
54 - First Best Picture Winner - Crash


MAURICE JARRE

33 - First Feature Score - Le Feu Aux Poudres
36 - First International Hit - Eyes without a Face
36 - First Hollywood Film - Crack in the Mirror
38 - First Blockbuster Hit - The Longest Day
38 - First and Second Best Picture Nominees - The Longest Day/Lawrence of Arabia
38 - First Best Picture Winner - Lawrence of Arabia
38 - First Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - Lawrence of Arabia
38 - First Oscar [Original Score] - Lawrence of Arabia
41 - Second Oscar [Original Score] - Doctor Zhivago
53 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - Mohammad, Messenger of God
60 - Third Oscar [Original Score] - A Passage to India
61- Fifth Best Picture Nominee - Witness
66 - Highest Grossing Film [$217 mil] - Ghost
76 - Final Feature Score [to date] - I Dreamed of Africa


ROLFE KENT

31 - First Feature Score - Finding Interest
36 - First Studio Feature - Election
40 - First $100 Million Hit - Freaky Friday
41 - First Best Picture Nominee - Sideways
42 - Highest Grossing Film [$209 mil] - Wedding Crashers


ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD

38 - First Feature Score [adaptation] - A Midsummer Night's Dream
38 - First and Second Best Picture Nominees - Captain Blood/A Midsummer Night's Dream
39 - First Oscar Nomination - Anthony Adverse
39 - First Oscar [Score] - Anthony Adverse (though both nomination and award officially went to the head of the studio's music department)
41 - Second Oscar [First Official Oscar] - The Adventures of Robin Hood
41 - Highest Grossing Film - The Adventures of Robin Hood
43 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - The Sea Hawk
45 - Fifth Best Picture Nominee - Kings Row
50 - Final Original Score - Escape Me Never
58 - Final Feature Project [adaptation] - Magic Fire
 


MICHEL LEGRAND

25 - First Feature Score - Le Triporteur
29 - First International Hit - Lola
33 - First Three Oscar Nominations [Score, Adaptation, Song]- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
36 - First Hollywood Film - How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life
36 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - The Thomas Crown Affair
36 - First Oscar [Original Song] - The Thomas Crown Affair
39 - First Original Score Oscar - Summer of 42
50 - Tenth Oscar Nomination [Original Song] - Best Friends
51 - Third Oscar [Song Score] - Yentl
51 - Highest Grossing Film [$55 mil] - Never Say Never Again


HENRY MANCINI

30 - First Credited Feature [adaptation] - The Glenn Miller Story
30 - First Oscar Nomination [Scoring of a Musical] - The Glenn Miller Story
33 - First Credited Feature Score - Man Afraid
37 - First Blockbuster Hit - Breakfast at Tiffany's
37 - First and Second Oscars [Score, Song] - Breakfast at Tiffany's
38 - Third Oscar [Song] - Days of Wine and Roses
38 - Fifth Oscar Nomination [Song] - Days of Wine and Roses
46 - Tenth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - Sunflower
55 - Highest Grossing Film [$74 mil] - 10
55 - Fifteenth Oscar Nomination [Original Score] - 10
58 - Fourth Oscar [Song Score] - Victor/Victoria
62 - Final Oscar Nomination [Song] - That's Life
69 - Final Feature Score - Son of the Pink Panther


ENNIO MORRICONE

33 - First Feature Score - Il Federale
36 - First International Hit - A Fistful of Dollars
42 - First Hollywood Feature - Two Mules for Sister Sara
50 - First Oscar Nomination - Days of Heaven
58 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Mission
65 - First $100 Million Hit - In the Line of Fire
65 - Highest Grossing Film [$102 mil] - In the Line of Fire
72 - Fifth Oscar Nomination - Malena
78 - Honorary Oscar


JOHN MORRIS

42 - First Feature Score - The Producers
48 - First $100 Million Hit - Blazing Saddles
48 - Highest Grossing Film [$119 mil] - Blazing Saddles
48 - First Oscar Nomination [Song] - Blazing Saddles
54 - First Original Score Nomination - The Elephant Man
54 - First Best Picture Nominee - The Elephant Man
65 - Final Feature Score (to date) - Life Stinks


The information in this column is based largely on my own hasty and sloppy research. Please feel free to tactfully offer any and all corrections necessary.

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