Justin Hurwitz earns Oscar nomination for Babylon soundtrack

Justin Hurwitz has earned another Academy Award nomination for best original score for his work on the film Babylon.

This is the fourth Oscar nomination for the composer known for his jazz-oriented work with director Damien Chazelle. In 2017, he won the award for best original score and won one of two nods for best original song for his work on La La Land.

Earlier this month, Hurwitz’s Babylon soundtrack won the Golden Globe for best original score.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be recognized by the Academy for the Babylon score,” Hurwitz said in a statement. “As soon as Damien [Chazelle] had a script for his wild and beautiful movie, I started a three-year search for very special musicians who could bring their unique talent and flair to the music. I want to thank the musicians because without them, the Babylon musical performances and score wouldn’t be what they are.”

Written and directed by Chazelle, Babylon stars Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt and chronicles the rise and fall of multiple characters during Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound films in the late 1920s.

The film is Hurwitz’s fifth collaboration with Chazelle. He previously composed the music for 2009’s Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, 2014’s Whiplash, 2016’s La La Land and 2018’s First Man.

The 95th annual Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 12. Everything Everywhere All at Once leads with 11 nominations, followed by The Banshees of Inisherin and All Quiet on the Western Front with nine each.


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