Bernstein only won one Oscar -- best musical score for "Thoroughly Modern Millie." His best work, however, was the unforgettable score for "The Magnificent Seven." That year's Oscar nominees (1960) for best musical score were:
The Alamo -- Dimitri Tiomkin
Elmer Gantry -- Andre Previn
Exodus -- Ernest Gold
The Magnificent Seven -- Elmer Bernstein
Spartacus -- Alex North
Exodus was the winner, no doubt helped by the best-selling theme. All in all, it was some pretty stiff competition, but I remain partial to "The Magnificent Seven."