‘Joker’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir poised to make Oscar history

Only seven women have been nominated in the original score categories at the Oscars: Lynn Ahrens, Marilyn Bergman, Anne Dudley, Micachu, Angela Morley and Rachel Portman. Three — Bergman, Dudley and Portman — turned those nominations into victories. Bergman won in the now-defunct Original Song Score category back in 1984 for “Yentl,” sharing the prize with lyricist-husband Alan Bergman and composer Michael Legrand. Portman prevailed in 1997 for “Emma,” while Dudley won the following year for “The Full Monty.”

“Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir could well be the first female contender for Best Original Score since Micachu, who was nominated in 2016 for “Jackie.” Before that, it was Portman who was last nominated – in 2000 for “Chocolat.” Guðnadóttir just won an Emmy for her score to the limited series “Chernobyl.” Portman picked up this same prize in 2015 for “Bessie.”

Guðnadóttir would be the fifth-ever Icelandic Oscar nominee. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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