Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir was awarded the 2020 Golden Globe for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture last night. It is the composer’s first Golden Globe nomination and win. Hildur is also making history with the award: she is the first woman to win in the Best Original Score category solo (without a male collaborator).
Joker received four 2020 Golden Globe nominations and two wins. Along with Hildur’s win for music, Joaquin Phoenix won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the drama category. The other two nominations were in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director categories.
Hildur’s music for the screen has been in the spotlight lately: the composer won an Emmy award in September for her soundtrack for HBO miniseries Chernobyl, which was composed using field recordings from a nuclear power plant.
Awards season is just beginning, and Hildur may be taking a few more home before it’s over. The Joker score has already received a Grammy nomination and is also on the Oscar nomination shortlist. Iceland Review interviewed Hildur recently about her work on both Joker and Chernobyl.