The Game of Thrones and Westworld composer earned himself two nominations and a win at the 2018 Emmy Awards.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ll know the music of Ramin Djawadi. Beginning in 2001 with film short Shoo Fly, Djawdi composed the score for Iron Man (2008) just seven years later and went on to score two of the most popular TV series of all time.
The music of Westworld (2016-2018) has interested critics and fans alike through Djawadi’s use of contemporary classics on the saloon piano. But the score itself mixes orchestral instrumentation with synths, reflecting the show’s human vs robot narrative. The reflecting didn’t stop there in season 2. As the characters ventured further out of Westworld to other realms, the music followed suit. The Japanese-infused music for episode 5 of series 2, “Akane No Mai”, was unsurprisingly nominated.
It was the music for immensely popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones (2011-2019) that earned Djawadi the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, however. Specifically, the music for “The Dragon and the Wolf”, the teasingly dramatic final episode of season 7.
Elsewhere at the Emmys, Carlos Rafael Rivera won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for Netflix Original series Godless (2017), and Cyril Aufort won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (2017).