Composer Atli Örvarsson Receives BAFTA Award

Composer Atli Örvarsson

Composer Atli Örvarsson was granted a BAFTA award Sunday night for his music for the television programme Silo. This was Atli’s first BAFTA nomination, RÚV reports.

A “dream job”

The show stars Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, known for her roles in the Dune and Mission:Impossible franchises of films. Silo is streaming on AppleTV+.

In his acceptance speech, Atli called his work on the project a “dream job”. He thanked director Morten Tyldum, who approached him for the collaboration. Atli added that Tyldum had realised that the project needed someone who had grown up with the dark and claustrophobic winters of Northwest Iceland.

From Iceland to Hollywood

Atli worked on the project in London and recorded it in the U.K. and in Akureyri in the north of Iceland. Atli lives and works in Akureyri. He was a member of pop band Sálin hans Jóns míns before moving into the film and television industry. He’s composed and orchestrated music for films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Angels & Demons and the Superman instalment Man of Steel.

Other nominees in the category of “Best Original Music Fiction” were Adiescar Chase for Heartstopper, Blair Mowat for Nolly and Natalie Holt for Loki.

Daði Einarsson Wins BAFTA Award

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Icelander Daði Einarsson has won a BAFTA award for Special, Visual, and Graphic Effects in the Netflix show The Witcher. Daði won the award alongside his colleagues Gavin Round, Aleksander Pejic, Oliver Cubbage, Stefano Pepin, and Jet Omoshebi. The Witcher also won in the category of Make-up and Hair Design at the annual awards last night, held by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Daði is a visual effects supervisor known for his work on the films Everest (2015), Gravity (2013) and Adrift (2018). He was the executive visual effects supervisor for ten episodes of Trapped between 2015-2016. His credits also include two Harry Potter movies, where he worked as an animator and visual effects supervisor.

Daði is not the first Icelander to win a BAFTA award. Musicians Ólafur Arnalds and Hildur Guðnadóttir have both won BAFTAs, for their composing in the TV series Broadchurch and the film Joker, respectively.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins BAFTA Award

Hildur Guðnadóttir BAFTA

Icelander Hildur Guðnadóttir has won the 2020 BAFTA for Best Original Score for the film Joker. It’s the latest award in a streak of wins for the composer, whose scores for Joker and TV series Chernobyl have garnered her a Golden Globe and an Emmy this awards season.

“Working on Joker was the journey of a lifetime and Todd [Phillips, director] is a master for having steered that ship,” Hildur said in her acceptance speech. “It was such an incredible, incredible honour to work on this film and create it with so many amazing artists that are here tonight who did such an incredible job and I would like to share this with all of you.”

Hildur’s fellow nominees in the category were Thomas Newman for 1917, Michael Giacchino for Jojo Rabbit, Alexandre Desplat for Little Women and John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All of those composers, except Michael Giacchino, are also nominated for the 2020 Oscar for Best Original Score. The Oscars ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 9.