Thomas Newman acknowledges the Frederick Loewe honor for film creating for Saving Mr. Banks at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif.
In the 20 years that Alfred Newman (1901-70) was head of twentieth Century Fox’s music office, he scored 200 motion pictures, earned 45 Oscar assignments and took home nine Academy Awards. He likewise had a child. Starting today, Thomas Newman has gathered 12 Oscar assignments of his own as a movie arranger, yet no wins. That could change March 2, when he’ll see whether his most recent selection – for the Saving Mr. Banks score – transforms into gold. Thomas’ music is bursting at the seams with the sort of feeling his father (once depicted as the “Godfather” of film soundtracks) brought to such movies as “The Captain From Castile” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.” In enlightening the story regarding how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convinced hesitant and cowardly creator P.l. Travers (Emma Thompson) to provide for him the motion picture rights to “Mary Poppins,” “Saving Mr. Banks” permitted Newman to re-make a hefty portion of the tunes siblings Richard and Robert Sherman composed for the “Poppins” motion picture, exhibited in the new film as demo pieces: “Lets Go Fly a Kite,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” But there are likewise Newman’s unique commitments, adding profundity to the emotional flashbacks of Travers’ alcoholic father and the presentation of the lady who might later move the Poppins character. Newman brings vitality to the enthusiastic scene in which Travers visits Disneyland, and imbues feeling into the climactic scene in London, where Disney has one last opportunity to get the tense scholar to sign an agreement. Furthermore those are simply a specimen of the 40 tracks (69 aggregate minutes) that expect on the two-disk set.