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Best Movie Soundtracks -1990s
14. American Beauty
This Sam Mendes directed, Kevin Spacey-starring 90s satire on the ‘American Dream’ followed office worker Lester Burnham (Spacey) as he becomes infatuated with the beautiful teenager next door. Thomas Newman’s eclectic, minimalist, spacious score was the perfect accompaniment to this cynical, clever film and helped lift that ‘rose petal scene’ to ironic heights. Like the movie, the soundtrack was a critical and popular success, but missed out on an Oscar – a disappointment Newman found difficult to hide on the night.