Jóhann Jóhannsson wins Golden Globe for Best Original Score

Last night Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for the British drama The Theory of Everything. This is a great honor for Jóhannsson, who becomes the first Icelander to win a Golden Globe. Jóhannsson was up against Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Gone Girl, Antonio Sanchez for Birdman and Hans Zimmer for Interstellar.

Jóhannsson was recently nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Original Music for The Theory of Everything and is considered to be very likely to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The Academy will announce its nominations on January 15.

Jóhannsson has also composed the scores for the critically acclaimed crime drama Prisoners,which was directed by Denis Villeneuve, and Villeneuve’s most recent film, the crime dramaSicario, which will be released later this year. In addition, his original songs have been used in the soundtracks of films such as Wicker Park, Prisoners and Foxcatcher.

Jóhannsson has been labeled “an intrepid musical enigma” by the BBC. He has a long career in the field of music, having been a part of Icelandic bands such as HAM, Lhooq and Apparat Organ Quartet before embarking on a solo career and scoring films.

Jóhannsson recently made his directorial debut with the short documentary End of Summer,which was selected for CPH:DOX in Copenhagen. In addition to directing the film, Jóhannsson wrote the screenplay, composed the score, and shot and edited the film.

Jóhann Jóhannsson currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

For more information on Jóhannsson and his works, visit http://johannjohannsson.com/


From the Iceland Film Centre

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.