James Cameron, one of the most famous filmmakers, producers and philanthropists of the world, succeeded as always by making this amazing epic science-fiction film set in the mid-22nd century on the natural satellite Pandora and telling a story of humans and extraterrestrial beings into this fictional universe.
Avatar broke several box-office records and became the highest grossing film of all time, nominated in nine Academy Awards, and winning three.
But today, I want to pay tribute to an unforgettable man and genius. As you know, no great film exists without great music. The original score and soundtrack of the film was realized by the brilliant James Horner; American composer and orchestrator, he was known for his frequent use of motifs from the Celtic music tradition, and integration of choral and electronic elements in Avatar and other successful films. In fact, he was also the composer of films like Star Trek, but most of all he is famous for composing the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time, that of the Oscar winning film Titanic.
Sadly, he died just one year ago at the age of 61, when his aircraft crashed into the Los Padres National Forest in California. Everyone around the world paid their respects to him, including Hans Zimmer, Paul Williams, and obviously James Cameron; Horner’s assistant said “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent who died doing what he loved.”
Celine Dion claimed that she was shaken by the tragic death of her friend and will always remember his kindness and great talent that changed her career. James left his wife and two daughters.
His score in Avatar was nominated for Best Original Score at the Academy Awards and the song See You was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category.
He will always be remembered, first of all as a great man, but also as one of the most talented people in music history.