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Elliott Smith



Folk-punk singer/songwriter Elliott Smith rose from indie obscurity to mainstream success in 1997 on the strength of "Miss Misery," his Academy Award-nominated song from the film Good Will Hunting. A native of Portland, OR, Smith began writing and recording his first songs at age 14, later becoming a fixture of the city's thriving music scene. As a member of the band Heatmiser, he debuted in 1993 with the LP Dead Air, issuing his first solo effort, Roman Candle, on the tiny Cavity Search label a year later. For his 1995 self-titled album, Smith signed with the noted Kill Rock Stars label. Either/Or followed in 1997, around the same time that filmmaker and longtime fan Gus Van Sant requested permission to use the singer's music in his upcoming Good Will Hunting. Smith also composed a handful of new songs for the soundtrack, among them "Miss Misery," and when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations the following February, the track was a surprise entry in the Best Original Song category. Although he did not win, Smith performed the song live at the televised Oscar broadcast, appearing on-stage alongside superstars Trisha Yearwood and eventual award-winner Celine Dion in one of the most notably surreal musical moments in recent memory; his Dreamworks label debut, XO, followed later in 1998, and Figure 8 arrived in early 2000.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • 10-Year-Old Lawrence
2016
92% Heaven Adores You
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Si Yo Hubiera Sabido que Era un Genio
  • Actor
2007
50% Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician
  • Bus Driver
2001
No Score Yet Termini Station
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Kill Rock Stars - Video Fanzine II
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Jimmy Kinderman
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest

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