James Horner


The electronic instruments sound incongruous but James Horner's double Oscar-winner sold millions, peppered with Irish folktunes and Celine Dion belting out the end credits. Titanic was a record breaker, in a truly epic sense.

Box office targets were smashed when, in 1998, millions of us went to see this much-hyped movie. It garnered more Oscars than any other modern film, it ran on (and on... and on...) for over three hours, and it placed huge demands on Horner ? not least because of the amount of music that such a long film was bound to require. The composer, who tragically died in 2015, apparently turned his back quite deliberately on the traditional idea of what a film score for a Hollywood blockbuster should sound like. Gone were the full-on fanfares and fortissimo scores of the likes of John Williams. Instead, he focused on the Irish background of Di Caprio's character, Jack Dawson, and chose music highly reminiscent of the likes of Enya and Clannad. Titanic earned James Horner his fortune. And it also made Celine Dion, who sang the pop theme tune, a fair bit of money too.