Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for a BAFTA award for the second year in a row. The awards ceremony for the British Academy for Film and Television Arts will take place on February 14th at the Royal Opera House in London.
Jóhann was nominated for his original score for the film “Sicario,” directed by Denis Villenueve, which was released in 2015. The film, starring Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, focuses on the drug war and the US-Mexico border.
In describing the process of composing the soundtrack, which was written at the same time as the film was being shot (rather than later), Jóhann says, “I wanted to create music that had an underlying tension and a sense of coming from below the earth, like a throbbing pulse that resonates from underground or the pounding heartbeat of a wild beast that is charging at you.” The music certainly plays a very importatn role in setting the tone in “Sicario.”
Jóhann’s BAFTA nomination last year was for the score of “The Theory of Everything.” He was also nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. He won the Golden Globe.
Other film scores in the running for this year’s BAFTA include “The Hateful Eight,” “The Revenant,” “Bridge of Spies,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”