First Man’s Hurwitz Wins Critics' Choice

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Most of the Critics' Choice Awards news has focussed on Lady Gaga, but we're more interested in the winner of Best Score.


Justin Hurwitz has done it again. It has been just one week since we announced he had won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Now, Hurwitz has added a Critics' Choice Movie Award to his bursting trophy cabinet.

Last night, Hurwitz won Best Score for his work on First Man, beating some tough competition from the likes of Kris Bowers, Nicholas Britell, Ludwig Göransson, Alexandre Desplat and Marc Shaiman.

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. One thing is for sure, however: this success puts Hurwitz in great stead for the Oscar nominations in two weeks.

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