Where have I heard this before?

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We all know and love Max Steiner and Bernard Herrmann, but what about the unsung hero of classic movie scores, Miklos Rosza? Take a look at his body of work: Double Indemnity (1944), Spellbound (1945), The Lost Weekend (1945), The Killers (1946), A Double Life (1947), Quo Vadis (1951), Ivanhoe (1952), Ben Hur (1959), amongst many, many others. Pretty awesome, isn’t it? You’ll recognize those scores anywhere. They’ve become iconic and are a part of film history. And he actually holds a very special Academy Awards record: he’s the only composer to date to have won an Oscar against not one, but TWO of his other scores. He won an Oscar for Spellbound in 1946, and his scores for The Lost Weekend and A Song to Remember were also nominated that same year. And he won two other Oscars after that, for A Double Life and Ben-Hur. Before that, he was an accomplished classical composer in his native Hungary for many years. Not a bad career at all, is it?

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