James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor and orchestrator of film scores. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music.

His first major film score was for the 1979 film The Lady in Red, but did not establish himself as a mainstream composer until he worked on the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Horner's score for Titanic is the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time, with his work on Titanic and Avatar, both directed by James Cameron, contributing to the first two films to achieve a $2 billion box office.

Horner collaborated on multiple projects with directors including Don Bluth, James Cameron, Joe Johnston, Walter Hill and Ron Howard; producers including David Kirschner, Jon Landau, Brian Grazer and Steven Spielberg; and songwriters including Will Jennings, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Horner composed music for over 100 films; he won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, and three Saturn Awards, and was nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.

Horner died in a single-fatality crash of his Embraer EMB 312 Tucano turboprop aircraft at the age of 61.

Early life

Horner was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1953 to Jewish immigrants.

His father, Harry Horner, was born in Holíč, then a part of Austria-Hungary. He immigrated to the United States in 1935 and worked as a set designer and art director.

His mother, Joan Ruth (née Frankel), was born into a prominent Canadian family. Horner's brother Christopher is a writer and documentary filmmaker.

James Horner started playing piano at the age of five. His early years were spent in London, where he attended the Royal College of Music. He returned to America, where he attended Verde Valley School in Sedona, Arizona, and later received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California. After he earned a master's degree, he started work on his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied with Paul Chihara, among others. After several scoring assignments with the American Film Institute in the 1970s, he finished teaching a course in music theory at UCLA and subsequently turned to film scoring. Horner was also an avid pilot, and owned several small airplanes.


Horner began his career scoring films by working for B film director and producer Roger Corman. Horner's first composer credit was for Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars. From there, his works gained notice in Hollywood, which enabled him to take on larger projects. One of his first major film scores was for the 1979 film The Lady in Red.

Horner's major breakthrough came in 1982, when he had the chance to score the music to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; the project established him as a mainstream composer. The film's director Nicholas Meyer quipped that Horner had been hired because the studio couldn't afford to use the first film's composer Jerry Goldsmith again, but by the time Meyer returned to the franchise with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the director found that he couldn't afford Horner either.

Horner continued composing music for high-profile releases during the 1980s, including 48 Hrs. (1982), Krull (1983), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Commando (1985), Cocoon (1985), Aliens (1986), *batteries not included (1987), Willow (1988), Glory and Field of Dreams (both 1989). He frequently collaborated with film director Ron Howard, a partnership that began with Cocoon in 1985.

Aliens earned Horner his first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score in 1987, at the 59th Academy Awards. "Somewhere Out There," which he co-composed and co-wrote with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for An American Tail, was also nominated that year for Best Original Song.

Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Horner wrote orchestral scores for children's films (particularly those produced by Amblin Entertainment), with credits for An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), The Rocketeer and An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), Once Upon a Forest and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (both in 1993), The Pagemaster (1994), and Casper, Jumanji, and Balto (all from 1995), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000).

Horner produced no fewer than six scores during 1995, including his commercially successful and critically acclaimed works for Braveheart and Apollo 13, both of which earned him Academy Award nominations. Horner's biggest financial and critical success would come with the score to the 1997 film Titanic. The album became the best-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack in history, selling over 27 million copies worldwide.

At the 70th Academy Awards, Horner won Oscars for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for "My Heart Will Go On" (which he co-wrote with Will Jennings). In addition, Horner and Jennings won three Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the soundtrack and "My Heart Will Go On." Titanic also marked the first time in ten years that Horner worked with director James Cameron (following the highly stressful scoring sessions for Aliens, Horner declared that he would never work with Cameron again and described the experience as "a nightmare").

Following Titanic, Horner continued to score for major productions (including The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind, Enemy at the Gates, The Mask of Zorro, The Legend of Zorro, House of Sand and Fog and Bicentennial Man). Aside from scoring major productions, Horner periodically worked on smaller projects such as Iris, Radio and Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius. He received his eighth and ninth Academy Award nominations for A Beautiful Mind (2001) and House of Sand and Fog (2003), but lost on both occasions to Howard Shore.

Horner composed the 2006–2011 theme music for the CBS Evening News. The theme was introduced as part of the debut of Katie Couric as anchor on September 5, 2006. Horner scored various renditions, explaining, "One night the show might begin with the Iranians obtaining a nuclear device and another it might be something about a flower show ... The tone needs to match the news."

Horner recollaborated with James Cameron on the 2009 film Avatar, which was released in December 2009 and has since become the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Titanic (also directed by Cameron and scored by Horner). Horner spent over two years working on the score for Avatar, and did not take on any other projects during that time. His work on Avatar earned him numerous award nominations, including his tenth Academy Award nomination as well as Golden Globe Award, British Academy Film Award, and Grammy Award nominations, all of which he lost to Michael Giacchino for Up.

Regarding the experience of scoring Avatar, Horner said, "Avatar has been the most difficult film I have worked on and the biggest job I have undertaken ... I work from four in the morning to about ten at night and that’s been my way of life since March. That's the world I'm in now and it makes you feel estranged from everything. I'll have to recover from that and get my head out of Avatar."

Horner also composed the score for the 2010 version of The Karate Kid, replacing Atli Örvarsson. This film—the first that Horner worked on after Avatar—was released in 2010. In 2011, Horner scored Cristiada (also known as For Greater Glory), which was released a year later, and Black Gold. In 2012 Horner scored The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield. In a recent interview on his website, Horner revealed why he didn't return to compose the second movie; that he didn't like how the movie resulted in comparison to the first movie, and even called the movie "dreadful." Upon his departure, he was replaced by Hans Zimmer.

At the beginning of 2015, Horner wrote the music for Jean-Jacques Annaud's adventure film Wolf Totem, which marked his fourth collaboration with Annaud and also Horner's first film score in nearly three years.

At the time of his death, Horner had two films he had scored but had yet to be released: Southpaw, a boxing drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams, which he composed for free due to a love of the film and The 33, from director Patricia Riggen. In July 2015, a month after his death, it was discovered that Horner already had written the score for the upcoming 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven, and had planned for it to be a surprise.

Horner's scores have been sampled in trailers for other films. The climax of the track Bishop's Countdown from his score for Aliens ranks fifth in the most commonly used soundtrack cues for film trailers.

Orchestral work

In 2014, Horner composed the commission piece Pas de Deux, a double concerto for violin and cello, which was premiered on November 12, 2014, by Mari and Håkon Samuelsen with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The work was commissioned to mark the 175th season of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Horner also composed Collage, a concerto for four horns, which premiered on March 27, 2015, at the Royal Festival Hall in London by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaime Martín, with David Pyatt, John Ryan, James Thatcher and Richard Watkins as soloists.

Musical borrowing

Horner has been criticized for writing film scores that incorporate passages from his earlier compositions, and that feature brief excerpts or reworked themes from other classical composers. For example, his scores from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock include excerpts from Alexander Nevsky and Romeo and Juliet, both by Prokofiev, while the heroic theme from Willow is based on that of Robert Schumann's Rhenish Symphony. The climactic battle scene in Glory includes excerpts from Wagner and Orff. In the view of some critics, Horner's propensity for borrowing passages from other composers as well as his own earlier work makes his compositions inauthentic or unoriginal; a Filmtracks editorial review of Titanic said Horner was "skilled in the adaptation of existing music into films with just enough variation to avoid legal troubles."

Death and legacy

On June 22, 2015, multiple international news outlets reported that Horner was presumed to have died when his S312 Tucano turboprop aircraft, aircraft registration number N206PZ, crashed into the Los Padres National Forest near Ventucopa, California. The following day, his representatives at the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency posted a message on their website stating that Horner, the only person aboard the aircraft, was killed. His attorney confirmed Horner was in the airplane when it took off after fueling at Camarillo Airport. The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office on June 25 confirmed Horner's death and ruled the crash an accident. The National Transportation Safety Board's accident ID is WPR15FA195. He is survived by his wife, Sara Elizabeth Horner (née Nelson) and two daughters.

Contemporaries and collaborators around the world paid their respects to Horner, including composers Hans Zimmer, Paul Williams and Alan Menken, and directors Ron Howard and James Cameron. Horner was reported to be committed to the Avatar franchise; Cameron said he and Horner "were looking forward to our next gig." Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, wrote on her Facebook page, "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent [who] died doing what he loved." Many celebrities, including Russell Crowe, Diane Warren and Celine Dion, also gave their condolences. Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On", one of Horner's most popular compositions and considered Dion's signature song, wrote on her website that she and husband René Angélil were "shaken by the tragic death" of their friend and "will always remember his kindness and great talent that changed [her] career." Leona Lewis, who recorded Horner's "I See You" for Avatar, said working with him "was one of the biggest moments of my life."

Post-accident investigation by the NTSB revealed Horner contacted the Southern California Air Route Traffic Control Center, where he received advisories while flying through over the Chumash Wilderness area before he crashed. The NTSB interviewed two witnesses of Horner's last flight, who were living in their homes as Horner flew over; one witness said that the plane flew between 500 and 700 feet.

List of scores




1980Humanoids from the DeepBarbara PeetersNew World Pictures
Battle Beyond the StarsJimmy T. MurakamiNew World PicturesScore reused in later Roger Corman productions
1981The HandOliver StoneOrion Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
WolfenMichael WadleighOrion Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Replaced Craig Safan
Deadly BlessingWes CravenPolyGram Pictures
United Artists
The Pursuit of D. B. CooperRoger SpottiswoodeUniversal Pictures
1982Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanNicholas MeyerParamount Pictures
48 Hrs.Walter HillParamount Pictures
1983Something Wicked This Way ComesJack ClaytonBryna Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
Replaced Georges Delerue
KrullPeter YatesColumbia Pictures
BrainstormDouglas TrumbullMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
TestamentLynne LittmanParamount Pictures
The DresserPeter YatesColumbia Pictures
Gorky ParkMichael AptedOrion Pictures (original theatrical release)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (current rights)
Uncommon ValorTed KotcheffParamount Pictures
1984The Stone BoyChristopher Cain20th Century Fox
Star Trek III: The Search for SpockLeonard NimoyParamount Pictures
1985Heaven Help UsMichael DinnerHBO Pictures
TriStar Pictures
CocoonRon Howard20th Century Fox
VolunteersNicholas MeyerTriStar Pictures
The Journey of Natty GannJeremy KaganWalt Disney PicturesReplaced Elmer Bernstein
CommandoMark L. LesterSilver Pictures
20th Century Fox
1986Off BeatMichael DinnerSilver Screens Partners II
Touchstone Pictures
AliensJames CameronBrandywine Productions
20th Century Fox
Oscar nomination
Where the River Runs BlackChristopher CainMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Name of the RoseJean-Jacques AnnaudRAI
Constantin Film
20th Century Fox (North America)
Columbia Pictures (International)
An American TailDon BluthSullivan Bluth Studios
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Oscar & Golden Globe nomination; also wrote "Somewhere Out There" with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
1987P.K. and the KidLou LombardoSunn Classic Pictures
Project XJonathan Kaplan20th Century Fox
*batteries not includedMatthew RobbinsAmblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
1988WillowRon HowardLucasfilm
Imagine Entertainment
Red HeatWalter HillCarolco Pictures
TriStar Pictures
VibesKen KwapisImagine Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
The Land Before TimeDon BluthSullivan Bluth Studios
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
also wrote "If We Hold On Together" with Will Jennings for Diana Ross
Cocoon: The ReturnDaniel Petrie20th Century Fox
1989Field of DreamsPhil Alden RobinsonUniversal PicturesOscar nomination
Honey, I Shrunk the KidsJoe JohnstonWalt Disney Pictures
In CountryNorman JewisonWarner Bros. Pictures
DadGary David GoldbergAmblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
GloryEdward ZwickTriStar PicturesGolden Globe nomination


1990I Love You to DeathLawrence KasdanTriStar Pictures
Another 48 Hrs.Walter HillParamount Pictures
1991Once AroundLasse HallströmCinecom Entertainment
Universal Pictures
My Heroes Have Always Been CowboysStuart RosenbergThe Samuel Goldwyn Company
Class ActionMichael AptedInterscope Communications
20th Century Fox
The RocketeerJoe JohnstonGordon Company
Silver Screen Partners IV
Walt Disney Pictures
An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestPhil Nibbelink and Simon WellsAmblimation
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Golden Globe nomination; also wrote "Dreams to Dream" with Will Jennings for Linda Ronstadt
1992ThunderheartMichael AptedTribeca Productions
TriStar Pictures
SneakersPhil Alden RobinsonUniversal Studios
Unlawful EntryJonathan KaplanLargo Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Patriot GamesPhillip NoyceParamount Pictures
1993Swing KidsThomas CarterHollywood Pictures
A Far Off PlaceMikael SalomonTouchwood Pacific Partners
Amblin Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
Jack the BearMarshall Herskovitz20th Century Fox
Once Upon a ForestCharles GrosvenorITV
Hanna-Barbera Productions
20th Century Fox
also wrote "Once Upon A Time With Me" with Will Jennings for Florence Warner
House of CardsMichael LessacMiramax Films
Hocus PocusKenny OrtegaWalt Disney PicturesOnly wrote "Sarah's Theme" with Brock Walsh; film scored by John Debney
Searching for Bobby FischerSteven ZaillianParamount Pictures
The Man Without a FaceMel GibsonIcon Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
Bopha!Morgan FreemanParamount Pictures
We're Back! A Dinosaur's StoryPhil Nibbelink and Simon WellsAmblimation
Universal Pictures
also wrote "Roll Back The Rock (To The Dawn Of Time)" with Thomas Dolby for Little Richard
The Pelican BriefAlan J. PakulaWarner Bros. Pictures
1994Clear and Present DangerPhillip NoyceParamount Pictures
The PagemasterJoe JohnstonTurner Feature Animation
20th Century Fox (North America)
Turner Pictures (International)
also wrote "Whatever You Imagine" with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for Wendy Moten
Legends of the FallEdward ZwickBedford Falls Productions
TriStar Pictures
Golden Globe nomination; also wrote "Twilight and Mist" with Brock Walsh
1995BraveheartMel GibsonIcon Productions
The Ladd Company
Paramount Pictures (North America)
20th Century Fox (International)
Oscar, Golden Globe & BAFTA nomination
CasperBrad SilberlingHarvey Films
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Apollo 13Ron HowardImagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Oscar nomination
JadeWilliam FriedkinParamount Pictures
JumanjiJoe JohnstonInterscope Communications
TriStar Pictures
BaltoSimon WellsAmblimation
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
also wrote "Reach for the Light" with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for Steve Winwood
1996The Spitfire GrillLee David ZlotoffCastle Rock Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Replaced Bennie Wallace
Courage Under FireEdward ZwickDavis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
To Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayMichael PressmanRastar
Triumph Films
RansomRon HowardIcon Productions
Imagine Entertainment
Touchstone Pictures
Replaced Howard Shore
1997The Devil's OwnAlan J. PakulaColumbia Pictures
TitanicJames CameronLightstorm Entertainment
Paramount Pictures (North America)
20th Century Fox (International)
Oscar, Golden Globe & Grammy winner, BAFTA nomination; also wrote "My Heart Will Go On" with Will Jennings for Celine Dion
1998Deep ImpactMimi LederParamount Pictures (US)
DreamWorks Pictures (International)
The Mask of ZorroMartin CampbellAmblin Entertainment
TriStar Pictures
also wrote "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" with Will Jennings for Tina Arena and Marc Anthony
Mighty Joe YoungRon UnderwoodRKO Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
1999Bicentennial ManChris Columbus1492 Pictures
Touchstone Pictures (North America)
Columbia Pictures (International)
also wrote "Then You Look at Me" with Will Jennings for Celine Dion


2000The Perfect StormWolfgang PetersenWarner Bros. Picturesalso wrote "Yours Forever" with Will Jennings for John Mellencamp
How the Grinch Stole ChristmasRon HowardImagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
also wrote "Where Are You, Christmas?" with Mariah Carey and Will Jennings for Faith Hill
2001Enemy at the GatesJean-Jacques AnnaudMandalay Pictures
Paramount Pictures
IrisRichard EyreBBC Films
Mirage Enterprises
Miramax Films
A Beautiful MindRon HowardImagine Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
Universal Pictures
Golden Globe & Oscar Nominee; also wrote "All Love Can Be" with Will Jennings for Charlotte Church
2002WindtalkersJohn WooLion Rock Productions
The Four FeathersShekhar KapurLakeshore Entertainment
Mandeville Films
Paramount Pictures (US)
Miramax Films (International)
2003Beyond BordersMartin CampbellMandalay Pictures
Paramount Pictures
RadioMichael TollinTollin/Robbins Productions
Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
The MissingRon HowardRevolution Studios
Imagine Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
House of Sand and FogVadim PerelmanDreamWorks PicturesOscar Nominee
2004Bobby Jones: Stroke of GeniusRowdy HerringtonFilm Foundry Releasing
TroyWolfgang PetersenWarner Bros. PicturesReplaced Gabriel Yared; also wrote "Remember" with Cynthia Weil for Josh Groban and Tanja Carovska
The ForgottenJoseph RubenRevolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
2005The ChumscrubberArie PosinNewmarket Films
Equity Pictures
Go Fish Pictures (through DreamWorks Pictures)
FlightplanRobert SchwentkeImagine Entertainment
Touchstone Pictures
The Legend of ZorroMartin CampbellSpyglass Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
The New WorldTerrence MalickNew Line Cinema
2006All the King's MenSteven ZaillianRelativity Media
Phoenix Pictures
Columbia Pictures
ApocalyptoMel GibsonIcon Productions
Touchstone Pictures
2007The Life Before Her EyesVadim Perelman2929 Entertainment
Magnolia Pictures
2008The Spiderwick ChroniclesMark WatersNickelodeon Movies
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Paramount Pictures
The Boy in the Striped PyjamasMark HermanBBC Films
Heyday Films
Miramax Films
2009AvatarJames CameronLightstorm Entertainment
Dune Entertainment
Ingenious Film Partners
20th Century Fox
Golden Globe, BAFTA & Oscar Nominee; also wrote "I See You" with Kuk Harrell and Simon Franglen for Leona Lewis


2010The Karate KidHarald ZwartOverbrook Entertainment
JW Productions
China Film Group
Columbia Pictures
2011Day of the FalconJean-Jacques AnnaudImage Entertainment
2012CristiadaDean WrightARC Entertainment
20th Century Fox
The Amazing Spider-ManMarc WebbMarvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
2015Wolf TotemJean-Jacques Annaud
One Day in AuschwitzSteve PurcellDocumentary
Living in the Age of AirplanesBrian J. TerwilligerDocumentary
SouthpawAntoine FuquaEscape Artists
Fuqua Films
The Weinstein Company
First posthumous release
The 33Patricia RiggenAlcon Entertainment
Phoenix Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Second posthumous release
2016The Magnificent SevenAntoine FuquaVillage Roadshow Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Third and final posthumous release


  • 1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek
  • 1981 Angel Dusted
  • 1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
  • 1982 Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn
  • 1983 Between Friends
  • 1985 Amazing Stories ("Alamo Jobe")
  • 1985 Surviving
  • 1989 Tales from the Crypt ("Cutting Cards")
  • 1990 Extreme Close-Up
  • 1992 Fish Police (theme and pilot episode)
  • 1992 Crossroads (theme)
  • 1999 Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney's Greatest Hits
  • 2000 Freedom Song
  • 2006 CBS Evening News

Short films


  • 2015 Album "Pas de deux (Horner)" released in May 2015.

Awards and nominations

Horner won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Dramatic Score (Titanic) and Best Original Song ("My Heart Will Go On") in 1998, and was nominated for an additional eight Oscars. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.

In October 2013 James Horner received the Max Steiner Award at the Hollywood in Vienna Gala, an award given for extraordinary achievements in the field of film music.


In 2005, the American Film Institute unveiled their list of the top twenty-five American film scores. Five of Horner's scores were among 250 nominees, making him the most nominated composer to not make the top twenty-five:

List of accolades

Academy Awards1986AliensBest Original ScoreNominated
"Somewhere Out There" (from An American Tail; shared with Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann)Best Original SongNominated
1989Field of DreamsBest Original ScoreNominated
1995Apollo 13Best Original Dramatic ScoreNominated
BraveheartBest Original Dramatic ScoreNominated
1997TitanicBest Original Dramatic ScoreWon
"My Heart Will Go On" (from Titanic; shared with Will Jennings)Best Original SongWon
2001A Beautiful MindBest Original ScoreNominated
2003House Of Sand And FogBest Original ScoreNominated
2009AvatarBest Original ScoreNominated
BAFTA Awards1995BraveheartBest Film MusicNominated
1997TitanicBest Film MusicNominated
2009AvatarBest Film MusicNominated
Chicago Film Critics Association1997TitanicBest Original ScoreWon
2001A Beautiful MindBest Original ScoreNominated
2009AvatarBest Original ScoreNominated
Golden Globe Awards1986"Somewhere Out There" (from An American Tail; shared with Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann)Best Original SongNominated
1989GloryBest Original ScoreNominated
1991"Dreams to Dream" (from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West; shared with Will Jennings)Best Original SongNominated
1994Legends of the FallBest Original ScoreNominated
1995BraveheartBest Original ScoreNominated
1997TitanicBest Original ScoreWon
"My Heart Will Go On" (from Titanic; shared with Will Jennings)Best Original SongWon
2001A Beautiful MindBest Original ScoreNominated
2009AvatarBest Original ScoreNominated
"I See You" (from Avatar; shared with Kuk Harrell and Simon Franglen)Best Original SongNominated
Satellite Awards1997TitanicBest Original ScoreWon
"My Heart Will Go On" (from Titanic; shared with Will Jennings)Best Original SongWon
2001A Beautiful MindBest Original ScoreNominated
"All Love Can Be" (from A Beautiful Mind; shared with Will Jennings)Best Original SongWon
2003The MissingBest Original ScoreNominated
Saturn Awards1983BrainstormBest MusicWon
KrullBest MusicNominated
Something Wicked This Way ComesBest MusicNominated
1985CocoonBest MusicNominated
1986An American TailBest MusicNominated
1989Honey, I Shrunk the KidsBest MusicNominated
1995BraveheartBest MusicNominated
2000How the Grinch Stole ChristmasBest MusicWon
2009AvatarBest MusicWon
Grammy Awards
  • 1988: An American Tail – Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television
  • 1988: "Somewhere Out There" (from: An American Tail, Winner) – Song of The Year
  • 1988: "Somewhere Out There" (from: An American Tail, Winner) – Best Song Written specifically For a Motion Picture or Television
  • 1990: Field of Dreams – Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television
  • 1991: Glory (Winner) – Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
  • 1996: "Whatever You Imagine" (from: The Pagemaster) – Best Song Written specifically For a Motion Picture or Television
  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, Winner) – Record of The Year
  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, Winner) – Song of The Year
  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On" (from: Titanic, Winner) – Best Song Written For A Motion Picture or for Television
  • 2003: A Beautiful Mind – Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • 2011: Avatar – Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • 2011: "I See You" (from: Avatar) – Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media