The Info List - Rachel Portman

Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman,[1] OBE (born 11 December 1960)[1] is an English composer who is best known for scoring films.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Awards and honours 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life and education[edit] Portman was born on 11 December 1960 in Haslemere
in Surrey, England, the daughter of Sheila Margaret Penelope (née Mowat) Portman and Berkeley Charles Berkeley Portman.[1][2] She was educated at Charterhouse School
Charterhouse School
and became interested in music from a young age, beginning composing at the age of 14.[3] After finishing school, Portman studied Music at Worcester College, Oxford. It was here that her interest in composing music for films began as she started experimenting with writing music for student films and theatre productions.[3] Career[edit] Rachel Portman's career in music began with writing music for drama in BBC and Channel 4 films such as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Mike Leigh's Four Days in July and Jim Henson's Storyteller series.[3] Since then, Portman has written over 100 scores for film, television and theatre, including The Manchurian Candidate (Jonathan Demme), Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski), Hart's War
Hart's War
(Gregory Hoblit), The Legend of Bagger Vance (Robert Redford), Beloved (Jonathan Demme), Benny and Joon (Jeremiah Chechik), Life Is Sweet (Mike Leigh), Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek), Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens
(Michael Sucsy), The Duchess (Saul Dibb), One Day (Lone Scherfig), The Vow (Michael Sucsy), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Wayne Wang), The Lake House (Alejandro Agresti), Infamous (Douglas McGrath), Mona Lisa Smile
Mona Lisa Smile
(Mike Newell), and The Human Stain (Robert Benton). Portman is perhaps best known for her music soundtrack compositions in the movies Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. Her other works include a children's opera, The Little Prince (which was later adapted for television) and Little House on the Prairie, a musical based upon the Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder
books Little House on the Prairie (2008). Portman was commissioned to write a piece of choral music for the BBC Proms series in August 2007. Rachel Portman married in 1995 Uberto Pasolini
Uberto Pasolini
Dall'Onda, with whom she had three daughters, Anna Gwendolen, Giulia Ginerva and Niky Joan Pasolini Dall'Onda. [4] Awards and honours[edit] Portman was the first female composer to win an Academy Award
Academy Award
in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score (for Emma in 1996). (Previously, female songwriters Barbra Streisand, in 1977, Buffy Sainte-Marie, in 1983, and Carly Simon, in 1989, each won Oscars, but in the category of Best Original Song). Portman was also nominated for Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for her scores for The Cider House Rules in 1999 and Chocolat in 2000. On 19 May 2010, she was given the Richard Kirk Award at the BMI Film & TV Awards for her contributions to film and television music. Portman is the first woman to receive the honour.[5] Portman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[6] In 2015 Portman received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
for her work on Bessie. Filmography[edit]

Privileged (1982) Reflections (1984) Last Day of Summer (1984) Four Days in July (1985) Sharma and Beyond (1986) Good as Gold (1986) A Little Princess (1986) 1914 All Out (1987) The Short and Curlies (1987) The Falklands War: The Untold Story (1987) 90 Degrees South (1987) The Storyteller
The Storyteller
(1988) TV Series Loving Hazel (1988) Sometime in August (1988) The Woman in Black (1989) Young Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1989) Monster Maker (1989) Living with Dinosaurs (1989) Precious Bane (1989) (TV) Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
(1990) Shoot to Kill (1990) Life Is Sweet (1990) The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990) The Widowmaker (1990) Where Angels Fear to Tread
Where Angels Fear to Tread
(1991) Antonia and Jane (1991) Flea Bites
Flea Bites
(1991) (TV) Elizabeth R: A Year in the Life of the Queen (1992) (TV) Used People
Used People
(1992) Mr. Wakefield's Crusade (1992) (TV) Rebecca's Daughters (1992) The Cloning of Joanna May
The Cloning of Joanna May
(1992) Friends (1993) The Joy Luck Club (1993) Benny & Joon (1993) Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
(1993) Great Moments in Aviation
Great Moments in Aviation
(1993) The Road to Wellville (1994) Only You (1994) Sirens (1994) War of the Buttons (1994) To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
(1995) Palookaville (1995) Smoke (1995) A Pyromaniac's Love Story
A Pyromaniac's Love Story
(1995) Marvin's Room (1996)

Emma (1996) (Won the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Musical or Comedy Score) The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) Addicted to Love (1997) Beloved (1998) Home Fries
Home Fries
(1998) The Cider House Rules (1999) ( Academy Award
Academy Award
Nomination for Best Music, Original Score) Ratcatcher (1999) The Other Sister
The Other Sister
(1999) Chocolat (2000) ( Academy Award
Academy Award
Nomination for Best Music, Original Score) The Legend of Bagger Vance
The Legend of Bagger Vance
(2000) The Closer You Get
The Closer You Get
(2000) The Emperor's New Clothes (2001) Nicholas Nickleby (2002) The Truth About Charlie
The Truth About Charlie
(2002) Hart's War
Hart's War
(2002) Mona Lisa Smile
Mona Lisa Smile
(2003) The Human Stain (2003) The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Lard (2004) Oliver Twist (2005) Define Normal (2005) Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) Infamous (2006) The Lake House (2006) H2Hope: The Water Diviner's Tale (Musical, BBC Prom 57) (2007) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
(2008) The Duchess (2008) Grey Gardens
Grey Gardens
(2009) Never Let Me Go (2010) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2010) One Day (2011) Bel Ami (2011; shared scoring credit with Lakshman Joseph De Saram) The Vow (2012; some of the film also scored by Michael Brook) Private Peaceful (2012) Still Life (2013) Paradise (2013) Girl Rising (documentary) (2013) The Right Kind of Wrong (2013) Belle (2013; wide release 2014) Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 2
(2014) Bessie (2015) Mog's Christmas Calamity (2015) Despite the Falling Snow (2016) Their Finest (2016) Race (2016) A Dog's Purpose (2017)


^ a b c Rachel Portman Biography (1960-), FilmReference.com website. ^ "The Peerage". Retrieved 13 February 2016.  ^ a b c " Rachel Portman Biography". Retrieved 28 January 2014.  ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p64023.htm#i640228 ^ " Rachel Portman Receives Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film & TV Music Awards". BMI.com. Retrieved 2010-10-20.  ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 11. 

External links[edit]

Official website Rachel Portman on IMDb Rachel Portman at Chester Novello Rachel Portman at the Danish Filmmusic Society

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Score


Louis Silvers
Louis Silvers
(1934) Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(1935) Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein
(1936) Charles Previn
Charles Previn
(1937) Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938) Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken (1939)


Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
(1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


Franz Waxman/ Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens (1950) Franz Waxman/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
and Saul Chaplin (1951) Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952) Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953) Dimitri Tiomkin/ Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin (1954) Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch (1955) Victor Young/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1956) Malcolm Arnold (1957) Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958) Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and Ken Darby (1959)


Ernest Gold/ Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960) Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (1961) Maurice Jarre/ Ray Heindorf (1962) John Addison/Andre Previn (1963) Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
Johnny Green
(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


Francis Lai/ The Beatles
The Beatles
(John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) (1970) Michel Legrand/ John Williams
John Williams
(1971) Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
(1972) Marvin Hamlisch/ Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1973) Nino Rota
Nino Rota
and Carmine Coppola/ Nelson Riddle
Nelson Riddle
(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
Leonard Rosenman
(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns


Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
and Leslie Bricusse (1982) Bill Conti/Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983) Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984) John Barry (1985) Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
David Byrne
and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
(1988) Alan Menken
Alan Menken


John Barry (1990) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1991) Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) John Williams
John Williams
(1993) Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
Alan Menken
and Stephen Schwartz (1995) Gabriel Yared/ Rachel Portman (1996) James Horner/ Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
Elliot Goldenthal
(2002) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman
(2008) Michael Giacchino
Michael Giacchino


Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross
(2010) Ludovic Bource
Ludovic Bource
(2011) Mychael Danna (2012) Steven Price (2013) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
(2014) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2015) Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz
(2016) Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat

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Georges Delerue Award

Daniel Schmid (BMD) (1985) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(BUEM) (1985) Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(BOM) (1986) Pirjo Honkasalo
Pirjo Honkasalo
and Pekka Lehto (BAM) (1986) Benoît Lamy
Benoît Lamy
(1987) Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla
(1988) Tôru Takemitsu
Tôru Takemitsu
(1989) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(BUMF) (1989) Michael Kamen
Michael Kamen
(1990) Rachid Bouchareb
Rachid Bouchareb
(1991) David Robbins (1992) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(1993) Frédéric Devreese (1994) Tôn-Thất Tiết (1995) Bruno Coulais
Bruno Coulais
(1996) Vangelis
(1997) Simon Fisher Turner (1998) Rachel Portman (1999) Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Vladimír Godár (2001) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2002) Zygmunt Konieczny
Zygmunt Konieczny
(2003) Miguel Miranda and José Tobar (2004) Stephen Warbeck (2005) Tony Gatlif
Tony Gatlif
and Delphine Mantoulet (2006) Benny Andersson
Benny Andersson
(2007) Tolib Shakhidi
Tolib Shakhidi
(2008) Nathan Larson
Nathan Larson
(2009) Hong-jip Kim (2010) Evgueni and Sacha Galperine (2011) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
(2012) Lim Giong
Lim Giong
(2013) Boris Debackere (2014) Johnnie Burn (2015) Johnny Jewel (2016)

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