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Howard Shore Biography

Birth Name:
Howard Leslie Shore
Birth Place:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Profession
Composer, music director

Fast Facts

  • Grew up with director David Cronenberg and has scored all of his films since 1979's The Brood except for one, 1983's The Dead Zone
  • Went to summer camp and high school with Lorne Michaels and was the first musical director for Saturday Night Live
  • Joined the horn section of the Canadian band Lighthouse in 1969; left the band in 1971 after becoming tired of touring
  • Wrote the theme song to Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • Tours as a conductor, leading local orchestras in a symphonic arrangement of his Lord of the Rings scores

Awards

  • 2021Canadian Screen Awards-Achievement in Music - Original Score: winner
  • 2020Canadian Screen Awards-Achievement in Music - Original Song: winner
  • 2020Canadian Screen Awards-Achievement in Music - Original Score: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Score: nominated
  • 2015Canadian Screen Awards-Achievement in Music - Original Score: winner
  • 2013Canadian Screen Awards-Achievement in Music - Original Score: winner
  • 2013Canadian Screen Awards-Achievement in Music - Original Song: winner
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Score: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Music: nominated
  • 2011Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): nominated
  • 2011Genie Awards-Best Achievement in Music - Original Score: winner
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2007Genie Awards-Best Achievement in Music - Original Score: winner
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Composer: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Composer: winner
  • 2004Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Original Score: winner
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Composer: winner
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2004Grammy-Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2004Grammy-Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): winner
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Original Score: winner
  • 2003Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): winner
  • 2003Grammy-Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2002BAFTA Film Awards-The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Composer: nominated
  • 2002Grammy-Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: winner
  • 2001Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Original Score: winner
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Composer: nominated
  • 2001Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Music Score: winner
  • 2001Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Score): winner
  • 1993Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Music Score: winner
  • 1992Genie Awards-Best Music Score: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Film Music: nominated
  • 1989Genie Awards-Best Music Score: winner
  • 1980Genie Awards-Best Music Score: nominated

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