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Hildur Gudnadóttir's score to JOKER nominated for an Oscar

Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadóttir's score to Todd Phillip's Joker is among five original scores nominated for the Oscars in 2020. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced it today and the Oscars will be handed out February 9. Gudnadóttir won the Critics' Choice Award earlier today for Best Score, she won the Golden Globe Award for the Joker score, and is nominated for the BAFTA Awards. 

Gudnadóttir recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for her score to the critically acclaimed drama series Chernobyl. She has also received a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the Chernobyl score. The Grammy Award ceremony will take place on January 26 in Los Angeles.

Gudnadóttir is up against Alexandre Desplat for Little Women, Randy Newman for Marriage Story, Thomas Newman for 1917, and John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All nominations can be found at the official website of the Academy Awards.

Over the years eight other Icelanders have been nominated for Academy Awards. In 2016 Jóhann Jóhannsson was nominated for Best Original Score for the film Sicario and the year before he was nominated for his score for The Theory of Everything. In 2006 Rúnar Rúnarsson and Thor Sigurjonsson were nominated for Best Live Action Short for The Last Farm. The sound mixer Pétur Hliddal has been nominated twice – in 1996 for Best Sound for Batman Forever and in 2005 for Best Sound Mixing for The Aviator. In 2001 Björk and Sjón were nominated for Best Original Song for “I've Seen It All” from Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. In 1992 Fridrik Thor Fridriksson was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for Children of Nature. In 1983 Sturla Gunnarsson was nominated for Best Feature Documentary for After the Axe

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