Oscar Artists: Hildur Gudnadóttir, Oscar Nominated Icelandic Composer–Joker

Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadóttir has already won an Emmy for HBO’s Chernobyl in September and then experienced the success of the R-rated comic book adaptation she worked on, Joker, cross $1 billion at the box office.

Warner Bros. Joker has made her the first solo female composer to win a Golden Globe.

She is also nominated for the first time for the Best Original Score Oscar.

Winning Emmy, Globe, and Oscar (perhaps)?

It’s all been happening so fast, I don’t think you can get used to it. I think John Williams has probably gotten used to it — he’s at 52 Oscar nominations now.

Role model for aspiring female composers

It was a milestone for sure in film music, in that a solo female composer hadn’t won prior to that night. It felt exciting for me, and I see this as a movement where more and more women are being invited into the film industry.

Most enjoyable moment reuniting with Joker colleagues 

Meeting all my fellow artists on the film has been great, from the production and costume designers to the hair and makeup artists. I’m rarely in L.A., and as a composer, you rarely meet anyone besides the director. Hearing from Joaquin Phoenix and learning about his process of getting into character was inspiring.

New attention and changes?

There is quite a lot of noise around me these days, but I never see myself as someone who is working on 10 projects at a time. I like my focus, and what inspires me is to be fully present with my stories. That means one story or two at the most. I really enjoy being part of the early DNA of my films and sharing my input.