Played keyboards for the rock band The Innocents, with whom he recorded a couple of singles and one album
Mentored by Stephen Sondheim in NYC, where he also met then-casting agent Scott Rudin, who later would offer him his first film job
Received initial film credit for the song "Understanding Gravity" from "Reckless"
First feature score, "Grandview, USA"
First TV credit, the CBS movie "The Seduction of Gina"
Scored Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan"
Scored the theme music to the series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (USA, NBC)
Initial collaboration with producer Jon Avnet, "Less Than Zero"
Re-teamed with Seidelman for "Cookie"
Second film with Avnet as producer, "Men Don't Leave"
First film with Avnet as director, "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Scored the music for Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman"
Scored Robert Altman's "The Player"
Leapt forward stylistically (to his mind) with the score for Steve Kloves' "Flesh and Bone"; caught the attention of director Gillian Armstrong
Re-teamed with Avnet on the director's "The War"
Received two Academy Award nominations for Armstrong's "Little Women" and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption"
Garnered another Academy Award nomination for Diane Keaton's "Unstrung Heroes"
Once again teamed with producer-director Avnet for "Up Close and Personal"
Scored Avnet's "Red Corner"
Composed the music for Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"
Re-teamed with Armstrong on "Oscar and Lucinda" and with Brest on "Meet Joe Black"
Scored the music for "American Beauty" and "The Green Mile"; receiving an Academy Award nomination for the former; the latter re-teamed him with Darabont
Wrote the music for the films "Erin Brockovich" and "Pay It Forward"
Penned the score for "In the Bedroom"
Composed the music for the feature "Road to Perdition"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Orignal Score
Scored the music for the animated ferature "Finding Nemo"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score
Scored the music for the HBO miniseries "Angels in America"; Received a Grammy nomination for Best Score
Composed the music for "Lemony Snicket¿s A Series of Unfortunate Events"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score
Earned an Oscar nomination for Best Music (Score) for the film "The Good German"
Composed the music for Todd Field's "Little Children"
Earned two Grammy nominations for song and score for the film "Wall-E"; also earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for the song "Down to Earth; earned a second Academy Award nomination for Achievement in music (Original score)