The year was 1968. The five Oscar nominated films for Best Score were "The Thomas Crown Affair" by Michel Legrand, "The Fox" by Lalo Schifrin, "The Shoes of the Fisherman" by Alex North, "Planet of the Apes" by Jerry Goldsmith, and "The Lion in Winter" by John Barry. Legrand was nominated thirteen times, won a total of three Oscars, but not in 1968. Schifrin was nominated six times, but never won the Oscar. Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith great mentor and friend, was nominated fifteen times without ever winning the little gold statuette. He was finally awarded a unique special Oscar in 1985 "in recognition of his brilliant artistry in the creation of memorable music for a host of distinguished motion pictures." Jerry Goldsmith was nominated eighteen times and won just once, for "The Omen". The winner for 1968 was John Barry for "The Lion in Winter". Out of seven career nominations, he won four Oscars.
So why did I decide to bore you with all this minutia? My way of pointing out that there was a time, not so terribly long ago, that film scoring as an art form offered, year in and year out, an embarrassment of riches.
While there are still fine composers in film today, the emphasis is much different now. We won't see a year like 1968 again, and I, for one, think we are the lesser for it.