By Alice O’Neill
The 2014 BAFTA Award nominations were announced today and among those composers in the Original Music category receiving recognition are Steven Price (Gravity), Henry Jackman (Captain Phillips), Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave), John Williams (The Book Thief), and Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks).
Among the five, Price and Jackman are the only British natives in the category. The last British composer to win the BAFTA for Original Film Music was Christopher Gunning for La Vie en Rose in 2008.
In November, Jackman won Best Original Feature Film Score for Captain Phillips at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The composer also has two Annie Award nominations this year for his score in DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo in the Animated Feature Production Music and Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature categories.
Jackman told me that from age 6 on, he was educated at strict British schools where he had a formal, classical music education. Then, he went on to Oxford University. There he was fascinated with electronic music and soon afterward he discovered the music industry. Today he is a top film composer, respected by that industry that made him feel at home.