Britell, ‘Chernobyl’ Composer, ‘Shallow’ Among World Soundtrack Award Winners

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Patrick Hipes on October 18, 2019.

Nicholas Britell won Film Composer of the Year for his Oscar-nominated score for If Beale Street Could Talk at the World Soundtrack Awards, the annual event that honors the year’s best in film and TV music. The ceremony for the 19th edition of the honors was Friday on the sidelines of the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium.

Other winners include Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, which won the Original Song Oscar earlier this year. It written by Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson. Michael Abels, who wrote the score for Jordan Peele’s Us after collaborating on Get Out, was named Discovery of the Year.

In TV, Hildur Guðnadóttir was named Best Television Composer for the score of HBO’s Chernobyl. Her recent credits include Warner Bros’ Joker, and she was a Discovery nominee last year for Sicario: Day of the Soldado. She and Britell are coming off Emmy wins, her for Chernobyl and him for HBO’s Succession. …

Deadline Hollywood 10/18

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