Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Second Grammy Award

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Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir added a Grammy to the plethora of awards she has received for her original music in the film Joker last night. She accepted the award virtually from her home in Berlin. Hildur won in the same category last year for her soundtrack for the HBO series Chernobyl. The two scores have earned her a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Oscar, Emmy and several other awards over the past year.

When asked how she would celebrate the win, Hildur responded: “It’s getting kind of late over here so I’m going to celebrate by tucking my son into bed and going to sleep myself,” Hildur laughed. “And maybe getting myself a little bit of bite of tiramisu since my dog ate my bowl that I left on the table when I popped out of the room.”

She gave some words of advice to aspiring film composers as well. “Really listen to what it is that you personally have to say and follow that, and follow through with that, even though it might take a little bit longer to go down that route, people are going to hear you in the end if you stay true to that.”

Iceland Review interviewed Hildur about the making of Joker and Chernobyl.

Oscar Win Leads Thousands of Icelanders to Genealogical Site

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Nearly 3,000 Icelanders have visited Íslendingabók.is – a database containing genealogical information about the inhabitants of Iceland – to examine their kinship with composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mbl reports. Hildur became the first Icelander* to win an Oscar on Sunday, February 9, for her original score for the film Joker.

Heavy Traffic

In response to an inquiry from Mbl, deCODE genetics – a research company that manages the website Íslendingabók.is in collaboration with anti-virus software entrepreneur Friðrik Skúlason – replied that search queries relating to Hildur Guðnadóttir had caused a considerable increase in traffic on the site (traffic increased by roughly a quarter).

Hundreds of users had examined their kinship to the composer in the days leading up to the Oscars, and on Sunday, February 9, a total of 314 users did the same, resulting in a 5% increase in traffic on the site.

Proud “Cousins”

Several Icelanders have shared the results of their queries on social media, among the comedian and former Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr, who declared that he was proud of his “cousin” (Jón Gnarr and Hildur Guðnadóttir are eighth cousins).

Elated, Kristinn R. Ólafsson – radio presenter and translator – replied to Jón Gnarr’s tweet saying that he was even more related to Hildur than Jón (they are seventh cousins). Jón Gnarr replied with the words: “Congratulations! Send my best regards to our cousin.”

Tómas Steindórsson, DJ and Twitterite, also inspected his blood relationship with Hildur, discovering that they are seventh cousins. “Congratulations, cousin,” Tómas tweeted.

A Grand Project

As noted on the website of Íslendingabók, the project aims to trace all known familial connections between Icelanders from the time of the settlement of Iceland to present times and register the genealogical information in a database:

“In the creation of the Íslendingabók database[,] we have used various sources and both unpublished and published documents. Most of the genealogical information comes from sources such as church records, national censuses, inhabitants registers and other public documents, but in addition to these sources[,] there are chronicles, books of convictions, various publications on genealogy, books about individuals within specific occupations, lists of descendants and ancestral records as well as memorial articles to name but a few.

The database is in Icelandic and is, unfortunately, not available in other languages.

Interview with Hildur

Iceland Review spoke to Hildur Guðnadóttir last year.

*Markéta Irglová – who has lived in Iceland for eight years, and applied for citizenship – won the Oscar in the category Best Original Score for the song Falling Slowly, from the film Once, in 2007.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Oscar for Joker Score

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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.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins BAFTA Award

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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.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Earns Oscar Nomination for Joker

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Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the film Joker. Hildur became the first solo woman to win a Golden Globe in the same category on January 4.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards yesterday. The ceremony will take place on February 9, 2020, in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is the only woman nominated in the category of Best Original Score and the fifth woman in Oscar history to be nominated in the category. Her fellow nominees are Alexandre Desplat (Little Women), Randy Newman (Marriage Story) Thomas Newman (1917), and John Williams (Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker).

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hildur related her experience of a distinctly Hollywood moment: “My husband got an ear infection, so I’m actually at the doctor’s office[,] and one of the nurses just came up and congratulated me! […] For a girl from a small town in Iceland, it’s kind of surreal to be sitting in a doctor’s office in L.A. and be congratulated by the nurse.”

Hildur Guðnadóttir is a classically trained cellist who has been composing for film and television for nearly two decades. On Sunday, January 4, Hildur earned a Golden Globe in the same category, becoming the first solo woman in history to win. She had previously won an Emmy for her work on the T.V. series Chernobyl. Iceland Review spoke to Hildur in 2019.

Seven Icelanders have earned Oscar nominations in the past: director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson for Börn náttúrunnar (Best Foreign Language Film); Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Sjón for I’ve Seen It All (Best Original Song); filmmakers Rúnar Rúnarsson and Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson for Síðasti bærinn (Best Short Film); Sturla Gunnarsson for After the Axe (Best Documentary Feature); and Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario and The Theory of Everything (Best Original Score).

Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Golden Globe

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.

Hildur Guðnadóttir Nominated for Golden Globe

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s music for Joker has newly secured her a Golden Globe nomination for best original score. 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.

Joker has snagged four nominations in total – the others are for Best Motion Picture in the drama category; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Joaquin Phoenix; and Best Director (Motion Picture). Hildur’s fellow nominees in the score category are Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, Randy Newman for Marriage Story, Thomas Newman for 1917, and Daniel Pemberton for Motherless Brooklyn.

The awards ceremony will take place on January 5 in Beverly Hills, California, hosted by Ricky Gervais.

EGOT on the way?

Hildur has been raking in recognition for her soundtrack work in recent months. Besides the aforementioned Emmy, the composer was also named Television Composer of the Year at the annual World Soundtrack Awards in October. Last month, she received a Grammy nomination for her work on Joker.

Considering the well-deserved attention, some are speculating it is likely that Hildur will also receive an Oscar nomination this year. This would put the musician well on the way to the coveted EGOT distinction – winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.

Iceland Review interviewed Hildur recently about her work on Joker and Chernobyl.

Icelanders Nominated for Grammy Awards

 

Film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and classical composer Anna Þorvaldsdóttir both have a reason to attend the upcoming Grammy awards in January. Hildur has been nominated for her music in HBO series Chernobyl, while Anna’s album Aequa has been nominated in the category of Best Engineered Album (Classical).

Hildur’s music in Chernobyl has been nominated in the category of Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. The score, built from recordings of a nuclear power plant, won her an Emmy earlier this year. Her fellow nominees in the category include Ramin Djawadi for Game of Thrones (Season 8), Hans Zimmer for Lion King, and Alan Silvestri for Avengers: Endgame.

Iceland Review spoke with Hildur about her work on both Chernobyl and the Joker film earlier this year.

Full-Bodied Sound

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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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