Randy Newman finally won an Oscar this year for his song written for "Monsters, Inc.," but he should have won at least one Oscar long ago. "The Natural" is, for my money, the best film score NOT to win an Academy Award. This is a score on a level with those Maurice Jarre wrote for "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago," where the music and the images on the screen create a film's emotional depth. The best proof I can offer for this is your own memory. Consider the following tracks from this film score: "Prologue 1915-1923," "The Whammer Strikes Out," "'Knock the Cover Off The Ball,'" "Wrigley Field," "The Final Game," and "The End Title." I bet that reading each of those titles immediately conjurs up both the music and the moment. Newman sets the emotional tone from the very beginning and underscores the film's best moments, which is textbook writing for the movies. His score for "Ragtime" is pretty good too, but "The Natural" is his supreme achievement. Newman might be better known for his quirky songs, like "Short People" and "I Love L.A.," but these film scores prove that when it comes to judging his talent Newman's music outstrips his lyrics big time.