Oscar Artists: North, Alex–Film Composer (14 Nominations)

Alex North (nee Isadore Soifer) was born December 4, 1910; he died September 8, 1991.

He composer the scores for many distinguished films, including A Streetcar Named Desire (one of first jazz-based film scores), for which he received his first nomination, Viva Zapata!, Spartacus, Cleopatra, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In 1986, he became the first composer to receive an Honorary Oscar, perhaps a compensation for never winning a competitive Oscar, despite 14 nominations.


Nominated – Under the Volcano (1984)
Nominated – Dragonslayer (1981)
Nominated – Bite the Bullet (1975)
Nominated – Shanks (1974)
Nominated – The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Nominated – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Nominated – The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Nominated – Cleopatra (1963)
Nominated – Spartacus (1960)
Nominated – The Rainmaker (1956)
Nominated – Best Original Song (with Hy Zaret) Unchained Melody (1955)
Nominated – The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Nominated – Viva Zapata! (1952)
Nominated – Death of a Salesman (1951)
Nominated – A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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