First Man’s Hurwitz Bags Golden Globe

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

As usual, the Golden Globe Awards were full of embarrassing moments, but what we're interested in is the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

It was a tough competition this year with Marco Beltrami for A Quiet Place, Alexandre Desplat for Isle of Dogs, Ludwig Göransson for Black Panther and Marc Shaiman for Mary Poppins Returns all in the running. But it was Justin Hurwitz who took away the Golden Globe for his hauntingly atmospheric score for First Man (2018).

First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, follows the life of Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling) around the time of the famous 1969 space mission. Hurwitz' haunting and atmospheric elements are what we expect from a space-based film, but he also went a step further, using harsher textures and melodies alongside the sparkling ones. This isn't just a space score, it's a scrupulous insight into the mind of Armstrong during the most terrifying yet exhilarating moment of his life. It was this ingenuity that won him his trophy.

Hurwitz is no stranger to the Golden Globes, either, as he won two in 2017 for his work on on the 2016 smash hit La La Land.

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