On Sunday night, Iceland native Hildur Guodnadottir became the first solo woman to ever win a Golden Globe for her original score for “Joker.” The last female to win was in 2001, when Lisa Gerrard shared the honor with Hans Zimmer for “Gladiator.”
Gerrard was also co-nominated for a Globe previously for 1999’s “The Insider” and 2001’s “Ali.” The last woman up for the prize was Karen O alongside Carter Burwell for “Where the Wild Things Are.”
The first female nominee was Marilyn Bergman, who shared writing duties with husband Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand for the score for 1983’s “Yentl,” a musical based directed by and starring Barbra Streisand as a Jewish woman who lives and dresses as a man so she can study Talmudic Law.
Hildur, 37, already has amassed quite a resume of film and TV work. She has contributed cello music to three of director Denis Villeneuve‘s films — 2013’s “Prisoners,” 2015’s “Sicario” and 2016’s “Arrival” — as well as for Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s 2015’s “The Revenant.”
She recently won a Primetime Emmy for her score for HBO’s miniseries “Chernobyl” and was honored for her “Joker” score at the Venice International Film Festival. Her “Joker” work is also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award and her “Chernobyl” score is vying for a Grammy.
The musician/composer told Gold Derby’s Zach Laws in an exclusive interview that she worried initially that “Joker” was a superhero movie. But she soon realized it was far more ambitious about portraying the deranged Arthur Fleck’s mental instabilities and pain, calling it “a story about the emotional landscape and turbulence of someone who’s been grossly mistreated.” That encouraged her to explore the “inner journey of this character, figuring out his past and where he comes from.”
Backstage, Hildur addressed how female composers have been treated by the industry, saying, “I’ve definitely noticed a bit of weariness sometimes in the last decade or so to trust women for the se bigger projects. But I believe because of the awareness raised in the last couple of years about the position of women in the industry, I have definitely benefited a lot from that. I think people are just a bit more open toward trusting women.”
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