If we mention "filmmaking" and "Newman" in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic film actor Paul Newman. Not to take anything away from Mr. Newman, but there's another entire family of Newmans which has significantly shaped the Hollywood film industry for three generations. The Newman family have been composing music for films (film scoring) since 1931. And in the world of film music, the Newmans cemented themselves as Awesome Music royalty (the only family dynasty of its kind in Hollywood). The name Newman has been an important one since the medium of film music first began, and it will continue to be for many years to come.
- David Newman received an Academy Award nomination for the score to the animated film Anastasia, following his father, Alfred Newman, who scored the 1956 live-action version.
- In WALLE, the soundtrack features excerpts from "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" and "It Only Takes a Moment" (both sung by Michael Crawford) from the film Hello, Dolly! (1969). Coincidentally, Thomas Newman's uncle Lionel worked on Hello, Dolly!
- Joey Newman, grandson of Lionel Newman, began a fruitful collaboration with his cousin Randy Newman, providing orchestrations for Universal's Seabiscuit and later Disney/Pixar's Cars.
- Altogether, the members of this musical clan have been nominated for 70 Oscars, with Alfred winning nine, Lionel winning one, and Randy winning two Oscars.
See also AwesomeMusic.Pixar for Pixar films Thomas and Randy composed for, as well as AwesomeMusic.Disney for Randy's work on The Princess and the Frog and AwesomeMusic.Anastasia for David's work on Don Bluth's Anastasia.
- The fanfare that became the unofficial theme of the movie industry.
For Anastasia, see here.