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Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Nominated for a Golden Globe

Film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Original Score for her work on the film Women Talking. Nominations for the 2023 Golden Globe were announced yesterday.

The 80th Annual Golden Globes

The 80th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 10, 2023, in Los Angeles. Nominations for the Golden Globes – as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), and which honour the best in film and American television of 2022 – were announced yesterday.

Among the nominees was Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who is nominated in the category Best Original Score for her work on the film Women Talking. Director Sarah Polley is also nominated in the category Best Original Screenplay.

Read More: Long-form interview with Hildur Guðna in Iceland Review

As noted by Mbl.is, Hildur did not receive a nomination for her work on the film Tár, which stars Cate Blanchett. Tár received three nominations in other categories. Notable darlings of the Globes this year include The Banchees of Inisherin, which received the most nominations, or eight; Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, and Babylon.

Especially “harrowing” subject matter

Women Talking tells the story of eight women hailing from an isolated Mennonite colony. Following revelations that men from their community had drugged and raped women in the community at night for years, the protagonists are forced to grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith.

Speaking to a journalist from the Credits – the Motion Picture Association’s online magazine – Hildur stated that the film’s producers had decided to hire trauma specialists for the actors in light of the “hugely sensitive” and emotional subject matter.

The music in the film, Hildur notes, serves as a vehicle for hope: “For this narrative, the music needed to really be a vehicle of hope and forward movement, to give us the courage to keep on moving, and to bring everyone together into these discussions and this decision-making of what to do. The music needed to draw us to them and give us a connection and a sense of community.”

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