Hildur Guðnadóttir won an Emmy in September for her score for “Chernobyl” and now could be three-quarters done with her EGOT quest by mid-February. The Icelandic composer received a Grammy nomination for Best Visual Media Score for “Chernobyl” last month and is in the hunt for an Oscar nomination for her work on “Joker.”
The Best Original Score category is not yet in our Oscar predictions center, pending shortlists, but Guðnadóttir is currently in first place in our Grammy odds to take home the prize over Alan Silvestri (“Avengers: Endgame”), Ramin Djawadi (Season 8 of “Game of Thrones”), Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”) and Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”). She could face off against Silvestri and Zimmer again at the Oscars with “Joker.”
While Guðnadóttir’s “Chernobyl” and “Joker” scores are equally haunting, they also couldn’t be more different. The former is comprised of real sounds Guðnadóttir recorded in the same decommissioned power plant in which the HBO limited series filmed, producing a discomfiting, eerie rattle befitting the horror story of the man-made nuclear disaster.
Her “Joker” compositions, on the other hand, are far more traditionally orchestral- and instrument-based, with drawn-out, atmospheric strings and ominous percussion capturing Arthur Fleck’s (Joaquin Phoenix) deteriorating psyche. Guðnadóttir has already won prizes at the Venice Film Festival and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for “Joker.”
If Guðnadóttir manages to get the E, G and O under her belt by Feb. 9, she could then set her sights on becoming the first person to complete the EGOT by winning the awards in the order of the acronym. And if she gets the T in the subsequent nine years, she’d break Robert Lopez‘s record of fastest to EGOT. The songwriter took just 10 years to collect his statuettes between 2004 and 2014 (he’s also the youngest to do so, at 39, and the first and thus far only double EGOTer). Someone get Guðnadóttir a Broadway musical STAT.
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