Academy Award Nominee: Best Original Score – John Williams
Academy Awards Winner:
Best Actress – Geena Davis
Synopsis: After the murder of their young son, the marriage between Macon (William Hurt) and his wife Sarah (Kathleen Turner) disintegrates, and she moves out. After a freak accident puts him on crutches, Macon goes to stay with his quirky siblings at the family home, where he meets the spirited Muriel (Geena Davis), a dog trainer with a young son of her own, with whom he begins a friendship. When Sarah learns about this, she attempts a reconciliation and Macon is forced to make a decision.
The Accidental Tourist, score composer
John Towner Williams KBE (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that has spanned seven decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history. Williams has won 25 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. With 52 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. His compositions are considered the epitome of film music and he is considered among the greatest composers in the history of cinema. Williams has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, the Indiana Jones films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and the first three Harry Potter films.
Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. He served as the Boston Pops’ principal conductor from 1980 to 1993 and is its laureate conductor. He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but five of his feature films, and George Lucas, with whom he has worked on both of his main franchises. Other works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, “The Mission” theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan’s Island. Williams announced his intention to retire from film score composing after the release of the fifth Indiana Jones film in 2023, to focus more on composing independent orchestral and symphonic pieces.
Film Composer, Host
Ron Ramin is the son of composer and orchestrator Sid Ramin. Ramin grew up in New York City. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career as a film composer. He has scored 20 prime-time television series and more than 30 movies for television and miniseries.
In 1994, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (dramatic underscore) for his work on the pilot of Christy. At the 18th CableACE Awards in 1996, he was awarded the prize in the category Best Original Score for his work on Rent-a-Kid. He has been presented with both BMI and ASCAP Film & Television Awards at their annual dinners.
Ramin has turned his attention to composing in concert form. His most recent work, Golden State of Mind (2017), is a symphonic suite depicting the beauty and drama of the California landscape, and the diversity of its people, in three movements: Yosemite, San Andreas and Olvera Street. The first movement, formerly titled Greetings! was given its premiere performance by The Marin Symphony, conducted by Alasdair Neale.