Hildur Guðnadóttir wins Best Original Score at the 2020 Oscars
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Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Best Original Score For 'Joker' At The 2020 Oscars
Icelandic musician and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won Best Original Score for her score for the 2019 film Joker at the 2020 Oscars. She is the fourth woman in the Academy Awards' history to win the scoring category and the first to do so in more than 20 years; Anne Dudley, the last woman to win the category, notched the scoring Oscar in 1998 for her work on the 1997 British comedy The Full Monty.
In her acceptance speech, Guðnadóttir nodded to the lack of female representation in the scoring field. “To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters who hear the music bubbling within: Please speak up,” she said, "we need to hear your voices."
Guðnadóttir has been making history this year for her scoring work. Earlier this year, she became the first solo female composer to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Music. Last month at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, she also won a GRAMMY for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for her work on the HBO drama "Chernobyl."
All counting, Guðnadóttir has won a GRAMMY, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and now an Oscar in the past five months, according to Deadline.
In addition to her scoring work, Guðnadóttir has performed and recorded with rock, experimental and electronic bands like Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Múm and Stórsveit Nix Noltes. She's also toured with experimental pop band Animal Collective and experimental metal group Sunn O))), in addition to her solo works.