First Man’s Hurwitz Wins Satellite Award

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Sadly, due to the Oscars buzz, the Satellite Awards came and went almost unnoticed, but we mustn't bypass the winner of Best Original Score.


Despite not being nominated for an Oscar this year, Justin Hurwitz has won big elsewhere having already won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score and a Critics' Choice award for Best Score. Now, Hurwitz has done it again and won the Best Original Score Satellite Award.

Last night, Hurwitz won Best Original Score for his work on First Man, beating some tough competition from the likes of Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Britell, Thomas Adés, Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer.

First Man is so much more than a space film. It focusses on Neil Armstrong's personal happenings in the 8-year run-up to the legendary 1969 space mission. The score mirrors this by using traditional instrumentation, avoiding cliché otherworldly synths. Focussing on the harp, however, is an ingenious instrumental choice as it not only offers an emotive accompaniment to the poignant storyline, but the gentle, metallic, reverberating characteristics also act as a subtle reminder of Armstrong's cosmic occupation.

There are many reasons that could have resulted in this win, and we cannot understand how Hurwitz missed out on the Oscar nominations this year.

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