Maximilian Raoul Steiner (1888 –1971). Austrian-born American music composer for theatre and films. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve and became a full-time professional, either composing, arranging, or conducting, when he was fifteen.
Three of Max Steiner's scores won the Academy Award for Best Original Score: The Informer (1935), Now, Voyager (1942), and Since You Went Away (1944).
As an individual, Steiner was nominated for a total of 20 Academy
Awards, and won two. Prior to 1939, the Academy recognized a studio's
music department, rather than the individual composer, with a nomination
in the scoring category. Consequently, even though Steiner's score
for The Informer won the Academy Award in 1936, the Academy does
not officially consider Steiner as the individual winner of the award,
as Steiner accepted the award on behalf of RKO's
music department of which he was the department head. Steiner's 20
nominations make him the third most nominated individual in the history
of the scoring categories, behind John Williams and Alfred Newman.
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