He received an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Frida directed by Julie Taymor, having also received Oscar nominations for the film’s original song Burn It Blue, and Oscar nominations for his music for Interview With the Vampire and Michael Collins, both directed by Neil Jordan. Also notable among his more than 30 film scores are Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and Heat, Neil Jordan’s The Butcher Boy (Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Score), Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Across The Universe and Titus.
He has received two Golden Globe nominations and three Grammy Award nominations. He was also inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Hall of Fame and presented with the ASCAP Founders Awards in Los Angeles. Goldenthal is the composer of the original music for an acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for Theatre for a New Audience that received four Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Music in a Play. His Symphony in G Sharp Minor received the Orange County Register’s Reger Award for Best New Symphony. Goldenthal’s original two-act opera Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles Opera and was the centerpiece of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. He was named one of the two finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music for his work on Grendel.
Elliot Goldenthal has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical productions including Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, which received five Tony nominations including Best Musical, Original Musical Score, and Obie Award (Off-Broadway), as well as four Drama Desk nominations. Goldenthal composed original music and soundscapes for the play Grounded at the Public Theater in New York. In 2017, he composed music for the Netflix-produced film, Our Souls at Night directed by Ritesh Batra. During fall 2017, his trumpet concerto written for a renowned Norwegian trumpetist Tine Thing Helseth was premiered.