Eight Times Globe Nominee James Horner Dies In Plane Crash

by HFPA June 23, 2015

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James Horner, the film composer known for his scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic among others, has died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. Horner, aged 61, was nominated eight times for Golden Globes, winning in 1998 for co-composing the song "My Heart Will Go On" for Titanic. His score for Titanic sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide. He began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he went on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He began scoring student films for the American Film Institute in the late 1970s, which paved the way for scoring assignments on a number of small-scale films. His first large, high-profile project was composing music for Star Trek 11: The Wrath of Khan in 1982 which led to compositions for films directed by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard and others. Three films he scored will be coming out soon: the boxing drama Southpaw, Wolf Totem, out in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that’s set for November. Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said.