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James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film... See full bio »
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Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 56 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Wrote original music for the theatrical trailer of Batman Begins (2005).

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I wish I had some great words of advice. The only advice I have ever been able to give anybody is to focus on writing music, and if you're writing a movie score particularly, don't worry about the picture. Just write great music and the rest will take care of itself.


Was nominated for Film Composer of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association. See more »


Never conducts his own music

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