James Horner's Greatest Soundtracks
With the sad news that Titanic composer James Horner died in a plane crash today, Smooth honour his greatest film soundtracks.
Horner won an Oscar for Titanic (1997), directed by James Cameron, with the soundtrack selling an estimated 30 million copies. The theme song My Heart Will Go On became a worldwide hit for Celine Dion, who has stated she's "deeply saddened" by his "tragic death".
Released in 2009, also directed by Cameron and soundtracked by Horner, Avatar is currently the highest-grossing film of all time, overtaking previous record-holder... Titanic. Horner was nominated for an Oscar for his soundtrack which included theme song I See You, sung by Leona Lewis.
3. House of Sand and Fog
2003's House of Sand and Fog, starring Ben Kingsley (left), was based on a novel by Andre Dubus III. It focussed on a former colonel exiled from Iran after the Iranian Revolution. Horner was Oscar-nominated for its score but lost to Howard Shore.
4. A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind (2001) starred Russell Crowe as famous American mathematician John Nash. For its soundtrack, Horner wanted a voice specifically between that of a girl and a woman, and enlisted young soprano Charlotte Church. He lost out on the Oscar to The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Rings.
5. Apollo 13
Directed by Horner's long-time collaborator Ron Howard, 1995's Apollo 13 told the story of the third planned Nasa lunar landing, which failed after an oxygen tank exploded on board. Horner's soundtrack features a solo by Annie Lennox, Tim Morrison on the trumpet and seven tracks of dialogue by the actors.
Braveheart (1995), directed by and starring Mel Gibson, told the story of William Wallace who lead the Scots in a war of independence against England. The Oscar-nominated soundtrack was the second of Horner's three collaborations with Gibson and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It became one of the most commercially successful soundtracks in the world.
7. Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner, was a fantasy about American baseball in Iowa. Horner was unsure if he could work on the film at first due to scheduling conflicts, but was so moved after watching a rough cut he accepted.
Aliens (1986), written and directed by James Cameron, starred Sigourney Weaver as a prequel to hit film Alien. Horner had one of the most difficult times of his career working on this soundtrack, finding the film wasn't finished upon his arrival on set, and working in London's Abbey Road Studio, where the outdated technology didn't afford him the synthesisers he needed. Despite his setbacks, Horner received an Oscar nomination for his efforts.