Dimitri Tiomkin

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Dimitri Zinovich Tiomkin (May 10, 1894 - November 11, 1979) was a film composer and conductor. Along with Max Steiner, Miklos Rozsa and Franz Waxman, Tiomkin was one of the most productive and decorated film music writers of Hollywood.

Tiomkin was born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine and educated at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. He emigrated in 1925 to the United States and became an American citizen in 1937. Although influenced by Eastern European music traditions, he was able to score typical American movies like Frank Capra's famous Lost Horizon (1937) or It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and also Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), both with James Stewart.

But the score he will be ever associated with is that of Fred Zinnemann's High Noon (1952), which also won him a "Best Song" Oscar for "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin'".

Many classic scores followed, many of which were also in Western movies, like The High and the Mighty (1954), Giant (1956), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Rio Bravo (1959), The Alamo (1960), Town Without Pity (1961) or 55 Days at Peking (1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and many more.

Besides cinema he was also active in writing for the small screen, writing some memorable television theme-songs, as for Rawhide (1959), Gunslinger (1961) or The Wild Wild West (1965).

Dimitri Tiomkin died in London, England in 1979 and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


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Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards, USA

  • 1972 - nominated for "Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song" Score for: Chaikovsky (1969)
  • 1965 - nominated for "Best Music, Score - Substantially Original" for: The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
  • 1964 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" AND "Best Music, Score - Substantially Original" for 55 Days at Peking (1963)
  • 1962 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" for: Town Without Pity (1961) AND for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  • 1961 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" AND for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: The Alamo (1960)
  • 1961 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" for: The Young Land (1959)
  • 1959 - WON an Oscar for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
  • 1958 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" for: Wild Is the Wind (1957)
  • 1957 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" for: Friendly Persuasion (1956)
  • 1955 - nominated for "Best Music, Original Song" for: The High and the Mighty (1954) and WON an Oscar for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for the same movie
  • 1953 - WON an Oscar for "Best Music, Original Song" for: High Noon (1952)
  • 1950 - nominated for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: Champion (1949)
  • 1945 - nominated for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)
  • 1944 - nominated for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: The Moon and Sixpence (1943)
  • 1943 - nominated for "Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture" for: The Corsican Brothers (1941)
  • 1940 - nominated for "Best Music, Scoring" for: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Golden Globes

  • 1965 for "Best Original Score" for: The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
  • 1962 for "Best Motion Picture Score" for: The Guns of Navarone (1961) AND for "Best Motion Picture Song" for: Town Without Pity (1961)
  • 1961 for "Best Original Score" for: The Alamo (1960)
  • 1957 he received the "Special Award" as "Recognition for film music"
  • 1955 he received the "Special Award" "For creative musical contribution to Motion Picture"
  • 1953 for "Best Motion Picture Score" for: High Noon (1952)

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