James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer who work on Titanic, has died after a small plane he owned crashed in central California. Initial reports only mentioned that the plane had one person onboard, the pilot, who did not survive the crash. Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, later confirmed the death.
Horner was 61 and his work as a composer in Hollywood spanned several decades. He was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in his career, winning Best Original Song and Best Original Dramatic Score ("My Heart Will Go On") for James Cameron's Titanic in 1997. He received eight other nominations for seven different films between 1986 and 2009, so clearly he produced a high quality of work throughout his entire life.
The other seven films at the top of the pile were:
'Aliens' — 1986
Nominated for Best Original Song ("Somewhere Out There") and Best Original Score. The film was Horner's first collaboration with Cameron.
'Field of Dreams' — 1989
Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster in his final role, Field of Dreams earned Horner his second Best Original Score nomination.
'Apollo 13' — 1995
The story about the aborted 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission became an instant classic and brought Horner a Best Original Dramatic Score (the category was split into "Dramatic" and "Musical or Comedy" for four years, beginning this year) nomination.
'Braveheart' — 1995
Horner received two Best Original Dramatic Score nominations in 1995, the other for Braveheart. Unfortunately, both would get beaten out by Il Postino: The Postman.
'A Beautiful Mind' — 2001
The Russell Crowe-driven drama won four Academy Awards, but Horner lost Best Original Score to Howard Shore for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
'House of Sand and Fog' — 2003
Two years later, Horner earned yet another nomination, his ninth.
'Avatar' — 2009
Horner's tenth Best Original Score nomination came when he re-teamed with Cameron yet again for Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time.