23rd Satellite Awards Nominations Announced

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

The nominations for the 23rd Satellite Awards have been announced and we're particularly interested in who's up for Best Original Score.

And the nominees for Best Original Score are...


Thomas Adés for Colette (2018), the novelist who writes under her husband's name played by Keira Knightley. Don't let his name fool you, Adès is a British composer who is better known for his off-screen compositions. This is Adés' first nomination for the award.


Terence Blanchard for BlacKkKlansman (2018), Spike Lee's interpretation of how police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, starring John David Washington. Blanchard is an accomplished jazz musician who turned to composing for film in the '90s. This is his first nomination for the award.


Nicholas Britell for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Barry Jenkins' (Moonlight,  2016) screenplay following a pregnant woman who struggles to prove her fiencé's innocence, starring KiKi Layne and Stephan James. Britell has worked with Jenkins before having composed the score for the multi-award winning film Moonlight.  He was nomanited 20 times for that score, and won four awards. This is his first nomination for this award, however.


Alexandre Desplat for The Sisters Brothers (2018), a dark comedy Western based in the 19th Century from Jacques Audiard, starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. Desplat won multiple awads earlier in the year for his score The Shape of Water (2017). He has been nominated 7 times for a Satellite Award in the past and won in 2012 for Argo (2012).


Justin Hurwitz for First Man (2018), where Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle's insight into the legendary 1969 space mission. Hurwitz is probably best known for his award winning score for La La Land (2016), which was nominated three times and won once in the Satallite Awards three years ago.


Hans Zimmer for Widows (2018), Steve McQueen's latest screenplay which follows four women who conspire to pay off their dead husbands' criminal debts. Zimmer has previously won four Satellite Awards for The Thin Red Line (1998), Gladiator (2001), The Last Samurai (2003) and Inception (2011).


The Satellite Awards will take place on 17th February 2019.


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