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.

Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Nominated for a Golden Globe

Hildur Guðnadóttir

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, 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.”

Oscar-Winner Hildur Guðnadóttir Composes for Video Game

Hildur Guðnadóttir Oscar

Composer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir is composing the music for the video game Battlefield 2042, RÚV reports. Hildur, who won both an Oscar and a Grammy for her score for the film Joker, is writing the soundtrack in collaboration with her husband, the English composer and sound artist Sam Slater. This is the first time she’s composed for a video game.

Battlefield 2042 is a massively multiplayer first-person shooter game and the seventeenth installment in Swedish developer Dice’s popular Battlefield series. It is published by Electronic Arts.

“We are thrilled to be writing our first video game score for Battlefield 2042 and teaming with Electronic Arts,” Hildur and Sam wrote in a prepared statement. “It was such a deeply creative experience to dive into this world and create a truly unique and disruptive musical environment for the game.”

Battlefield 2042 comes out on October 22 on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. The game score will be released on the same day on both vinyl and via leading streaming services.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Oscar for Joker Score

Hildur Guðnadóttir Oscar

Icelander Hildur Guðnadóttir made history last night, becoming the first Icelander to win an Oscar. Hildur was awarded in the category of Best Original Score for the film Joker. She was the first woman to win in the category since 1997.

Joker received 11 nominations in total, taking home two awards (the other was Best Actor, snagged by Joaquin Phoenix). Hildur beat out an illustrious group of fellow nominees, including John Williams, nominated for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Alexandre Desplat (Little Women).

After thanking her family and collaborators, Hildur ended her speech by saying “To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters who hear the music bubbling within: please, speak up. We need to hear your voices.”

Hildur’s music for the film and her score for the series Chernobyl have been in the spotlight lately, winning her an Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA this season. Iceland Review interviewed Hildur last year about her work on the two projects.

Watch Hildur’s full acceptance speech below.

Full-Bodied Sound

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir talks about music as a physical process. Her classical training is a “trampoline to jump from,” while listening to doom metal is “like getting a full body massage.” Yet for the composer of HBO series Chernobyl and upcoming Hollywood film Joker, this physical approach doesn’t make the art any less intellectual. On the contrary, the body serves as a way into the complex characters and plots, and into the essence of the musician herself.

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