From Iceland — Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins BAFTA Music Awards

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins BAFTA Music Awards

Published February 3, 2020

Sam O'Donnell
Photo by
Timothée Lambrecq

Hildur Guðnadóttir won three trophies for ‘Joker’ at the 2020 BAFTA awards on Sunday evening. The homegrown musical genius continues to sweep the awards, making Iceland proud. In 2019, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score), for her work on ‘Chernobyl’. Then, in early January of this year, she took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Motion Picture Score for ‘Joker,’ and just last week, she won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the score of ‘Chernobyl’.

In a press conference interview following her win, Hildur said, “I do think every person has a dark side and a light side. Luckily for my family, my lighter side is the day to day side, and my darker side is the music.” The tone of ‘Joker’ explores this notion of people having light and dark sides in depth, diving right into the dark side of ‘Joker’ protagonist Arthur Fleck. Hildur’s music highlights the journey the film takes. In fact, she wrote some of the music before much of the film was shot. Her unique sound characterised the film.

In addition to Hildur’s win, 1917 was named Best Film, Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Actor in ‘Joker’, and Renée Zellweger was named Best Actress in ‘Judy’. Superhero film ‘Joker’ took home three awards, while tense mob drama ‘The Irishman’ had several nominations, but took home nothing. One wonders what Martin Scorsese must be thinking right now.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops, and promotes the art forms of film, television, and video games in the United Kingdom and United States. In addition to the awards ceremony, the academy also has an international programme of learning events and initiatives designed to foster creativity and learning in the United Kingdom and United States.

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