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|Birth name||Carter Benedict Burwell|
|Born|| November 18, 1954 |
New York City, U.S.
Carter Benedict Burwell (born November 18, 1954) is an American composer of film scores. He has consistently collaborated with the Coen brothers, having scored most of their films, including Blood Simple , Raising Arizona , Fargo , The Big Lebowski , No Country For Old Men , Burn After Reading , Hail, Caesar! and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs . Burwell has also scored three of Todd Haynes's films, three of Spike Jonze's films, and all the films of Martin McDonagh. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for Haynes's Carol (2015) and McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
Burwell was born in New York City, the son of Natalie (née Benedict), a maths teacher, and Charles Burwell, who founded Thaibok Fabrics, Ltd.He graduated from King School in Stamford, Connecticut with George Hofecker and other notables and Harvard College, where he was a cartoonist for The Harvard Lampoon .
As a film composer, Burwell has had a long-working relationship with the Coen brothers, providing music for every film they have made (except for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis , which had folk music soundtracks produced by T-Bone Burnett). He enjoys working with left-field directors, such as Spike Jonze.[ citation needed ] Among his best known film scores are Miller's Crossing (1990), And the Band Played On (1993), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Hamlet (2000), The Spanish Prisoner (1997), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), In Bruges (2008), Twilight (2008), Where the Wild Things Are (2009), The Blind Side (2009), and Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011). Burwell wrote and recorded the original score for the film The Bourne Identity , but his version was replaced by director Doug Liman for one by John Powell.
Ultimately the ethos of the punk rock movement gave Burwell the impetus to start performing. He performed in New York with several bands, notably The Same, Thick Pigeon, and Radiante. Burwell played in Thick Pigeon with Stanton Miranda; the group released two albums, Too Crazy Cowboys (Factory) and tracks on Miranda Dali (Crepuscule), originally released as a Miranda solo project but later reissued as a Thick Pigeon release. On Burwell's soundtrack for Psycho III , Miranda was a featured singer.
By 1986 he had composed the music for a dance piece, RAB, which premiered at the Avignon Festival. At the same time, he was touring worldwide with The Harmonic Choir, David Hykes' experimental vocal group, which specialized in overtone singing.
Burwell used the country music genre as the basis for his score for the Coens' Raising Arizona in 1987. From 1982 to 1987 he worked at the New York Institute of Technology.
His work has alternated between live performance, dance and theater commissions, and film scoring. His chamber opera, The Celestial Alphabet Event, was presented in New York in 1991, and other theater pieces include Mother (1994) and Lucia's Chapters (2007), both with the experimental theater group Mabou Mines.
In April 2005 Burwell composed and conducted music performed by The Parabola Ensemble for the plays Sawbones, written and directed by the Coen brothers, Hope Leaves the Theater, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and Anomalisa, written and directed by Kaufman as Francis Fregoli. This was a segment of the sound-only production "Theater of the New Ear", which debuted at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, with support from Sirius Satellite Radio.It was also performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England, in May 2005, and at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California, in September 2005, as part of the UCLA Live Festival.
In 2009, Burwell was the recipient of the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.In 2010, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for Where the Wild Things Are .
In 2015, he received the Distinguished Film Composer award from the Middleburg Film Festival,and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award for Best Music Score for Anomalisa and Carol . He was nominated for the Annie Award for Music in an Animated Feature Production for Anomalisa and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for Carol . In 2016, he received the Satellite Award for Best Original Score and the Best Score award by the International Cinephile Society for Carol. Burwell was awarded Film Composer of the Year by the World Soundtrack Awards, and the score for Carol received the Public Choice Award for the Best Score of the Year.
Burwell received his first Academy Award for Best Original Score nomination for Carol,and his second for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri .
Burwell married Christine Sciulli in 1999.
|1984||Blood Simple|| Joel Coen|
|1st collaboration with Coen brothers|
|1985||A Hero of Our Time||Michael Almereyda||Short film|
|R.A.B.L.||Patrice M. Regnier|
|1986||Psycho III||Anthony Perkins||Psycho themes by Bernard Herrmann|
|1987||Raising Arizona|| Joel Coen |
|2nd collaboration with Coen brothers|
|1988||Pass the Ammo||David Beaird||N/A|
|The Beat||Paul Mones||N/A|
|It Takes Two||David Beaird||N/A|
|1989||Checking Out||David Leland||N/A|
|1990||Miller's Crossing|| Joel Coen|
|3rd collaboration with Coen brothers|
|1991||Barton Fink||4th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|Doc Hollywood||Michael Caton-Jones||N/A|
|1992||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Fran Rubel Kuzui||N/A|
|1993||This Boy's Life||Michael Caton-Jones||N/A|
|A Dangerous Woman||Stephen Gyllenhaal||N/A|
|Wayne's World 2||Stephen Surjik||N/A|
|1994||The Hudsucker Proxy|| Joel Coen|
|5th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|It Could Happen to You||Andrew Bergman||N/A|
|Airheads||Michael Lehmann||Replaced David Newman|
|1995||Bad Company||Damian Harris||N/A|
|A Goofy Movie||Kevin Lima||Composed with Don Davis|
|Rob Roy||Michael Caton-Jones||N/A|
|The Celluloid Closet|| Rob Epstein |
|Two Bits||James Foley||N/A|
|1996||Fargo|| Joel Coen|
|6th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|Joe's Apartment||John Payson||N/A|
|The Chamber||James Foley||N/A|
|1997||Picture Perfect||Glenn Gordon Caron||N/A|
|Conspiracy Theory||Richard Donner||N/A|
|The Locusts||John Patrick Kelley||N/A|
|The Spanish Prisoner||David Mamet||N/A|
|Girls Night Out||Myra Paci||Short film|
|The Jackal||Michael Caton-Jones||N/A|
|1998||Gods and Monsters||Bill Condon||1st collaboration with Condon|
|Mercury Rising||Harold Becker||Composed with John Barry|
|The Big Lebowski|| Joel Coen|
|7th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|Velvet Goldmine||Todd Haynes||N/A|
|The Hi-Lo Country||Stephen Frears||N/A|
|1999||The Corruptor||James Foley||N/A|
|The General's Daughter||Simon West||N/A|
|Being John Malkovich||Spike Jonze||N/A|
|Three Kings||David O. Russell||N/A|
|Mystery, Alaska||Jay Roach||N/A|
|What Planet Are You From?||Mike Nichols||N/A|
|Before Night Falls||Julian Schnabel||N/A|
|Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2||Joe Berlinger||N/A|
|2001||A Knight's Tale||Brian Helgeland||N/A|
|The Man Who Wasn't There|| Joel Coen|
|8th collaboration with Coen brothers |
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
|2002||The Rookie||John Lee Hancock||N/A|
|Searching for Paradise||Myra Paci||N/A|
|The Bourne Identity||Doug Liman||Rejected score |
Replaced by John Powell
|2003||Intolerable Cruelty|| Joel Coen|
|9th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|2004||The Ladykillers||10th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|The Alamo||John Lee Hancock||N/A|
|Kinsey||Bill Condon||2nd collaboration with Condon|
|The Hoax||Lasse Hallström||N/A|
|2007||No Country for Old Men|| Joel Coen |
|11th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Sidney Lumet||N/A|
|2008||In Bruges||Martin McDonagh||N/A|
|Burn After Reading|| Joel Coen|
|12th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|2009||A Serious Man|| Joel Coen|
|13th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|Where the Wild Things Are||Spike Jonze||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score|
|The Blind Side||John Lee Hancock||N/A|
|2010||Howl|| Rob Epstein |
|The Kids Are All Right||Lisa Cholodenko||Composed with Nathan Larson & Craig Wedren|
|True Grit|| Joel Coen|
|14th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|2011||Midnight Run||Neil Shelley||Short film|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Bill Condon||3rd collaboration with Condon|
|2012||Seven Psychopaths||Martin McDonagh||N/A|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Bill Condon||4th collaboration with Condon|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||5th collaboration with Condon|
|2015||Mr. Holmes||6th collaboration with Condon|
|Carol||Todd Haynes|| Satellite Award for Best Original Score |
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
|The Family Fang||Jason Bateman||N/A|
|Anomalisa|| Charlie Kaufman |
|2016||The Finest Hours||Craig Gillespie||N/A|
|Hail, Caesar!|| Joel Coen|
|15th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|The Founder||John Lee Hancock||N/A|
|2017||Wonderstruck||Todd Haynes||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Music|
|Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri||Martin McDonagh||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Score |
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
|Goodbye Christopher Robin||Simon Curtis||N/A|
|2018||The Ballad of Buster Scruggs|| Joel Coen |
|16th collaboration with Coen brothers|
|2019||Missing Link||Chris Butler||N/A|
|The Good Liar||Bill Condon||7th collaboration with Condon|
|TBA||The Tragedy of Macbeth||Joel Coen|
|1990–1991||Clash!||Ha! / Comedy Central||Main title theme|
|1993||And the Band Played On||HBO||Television film|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Miniseries; 5 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
|2014||Olive Kitteridge||Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|2019–present||The Morning Show||Apple TV+|
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