Elmer Bernstein was an Academy Award-winning composer who created some of the most recognizable music in American films.
"He was the consummate composer. He was classically trained and could do it all," said Marilyn Bergman, president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Bernstein, whose career spanned more than 50 years and included more than 200 films, was nominated for Oscars 14 times, winning in 1967 for "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Among his other nominated scores were "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Magnificent Seven," "The Man With the Golden Arm," "True Grit," "The Age of Innocence" and, most recently, "Far From Heaven."
He also wrote for television, including "The Big Valley" in the 1960s and "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law" in the 1970s, as well as many miniseries and TV documentaries. In 1963, he won an Emmy for "The Making of the President: 1960."
|1955||Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture||The Man With the Golden Arm||Nomination|
|1960||Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture||The Magnificient Seven||Nomination|
|1961||Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture||Summer and Smoke||Nomination|
|1962||Best Original Score||To Kill a Mockingbird||Nomination|
|1962||Best Song||"Walk on the Wild Side" from Walk on the Wild Side||Nomination*|
|1966||Best Original Score||Hawaii||Nomination|
|1966||Best Adapted Score||Return of the Seven||Nomination|
|1966||Best Song||"My Wishing Doll" from Hawaii||Nomination*|
|1967||Best Original Score||Thoroughly Modern Millie||Win|
|1969||Best Song||"True Grit" from True Grit||Nomination*|
|1974||Best Song||"Wherever Love Takes Me" from Gold||Nomination*|
|1983||Best Original Song Score and/or Adaptation||Trading Places||Nomination|
|1993||Best Original Score||The Age of Innocence||Nomination|
|2002||Best Original Score||Far From Heaven||Nomination|