Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell creates film scores and other stuff, much of which is listed under projects.

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It's awards season in movieland, and Carter Burwell has been nominated for Academy Award, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards for best score of 2015 for Carol. Carol and Anomalisa were also recently chosen as the best scores of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.


Carter Burwell currently has four films in release.

Hail Caesar! is written and directed by Joal and Ethan Coen and stars Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johnansson. The film follows Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) during a day in 1951 as he deals with complications at Hollywood studio Captiol Pictures.

Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is the story of two women falling in love in New York in the 1950s.

Anomalisa is an animated film adaptation of a play that Charlie Kaufman wrote (under the pen name Francis Fregoli) for the Theater of the New Ear project, starring David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan.

The Finest Hours is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana and Ben Foster. It's the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue. On a small lifeboat four members of the Coast Guard set out in frigid temperatures and massive waves to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors aboard a tanker that has split in half.

He also recently completed the score to The Family Fang, which will be released later in 2016. It's directed by Jason Bateman, with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the book by Kevin Wilson, starring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken. It follows the adult children of two performance artists, and their effort to grow up without any role models for "adult" behavior.

Films released in 2015 include Legend, directed by Brian Helgeland, stars Tom Hardy as the gangsters Reg and Ron Kray, darlings of the London tabloids in the 1960's, and Mr. Holmes, directed by Bill Condon, starring Ian McKellen as the aging Sherlock Holmes.



Click to read the Hollywood Reporter Composers Roundtable of 2015. Included are Michael Giacchino, Carter Burwell, Johann Johannsson, Daniel Pemberton and Harry Gregson-Williams.



Above is video of a 90-minute discussion entitled "Art of the Score" between Carter Burwell, Alec Baldwin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel, sponsored by the World Science Festival and the New York Philharmonic.

Radio Burwell plays a random playlist of Burwell compositions. The current playlist includes about a dozen pieces that aren't available anywhere else, such as live performances.