Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Gets Golden Globe Nomination
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has secured a Golden Globes nomination for his soundtrack to the movie Phantom Thread. It’s the fourth time he’s worked with director Paul Thomas Anderson, after writing scores for There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.
Greenwood has been nominated in the Best Original Score category alongside Hans Zimmer for his music for Dunkirk; John Williams for The Post; Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water; and Carter Burwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The award ceremony takes place on Jan. 7 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Calif., hosted by Seth Meyers and aired live on NBC.
Phantom Thread is scheduled for release on Dec. 25. The historical drama stars Daniel Day-Lewis and it’s set in London, U.K. in the ‘50s. It’s reported to have been Day-Lewis’s final acting role before his retirement, and marks the first time Anderson has set a film outside the U.S.
“I’m usually keen to keep the technology right for the period of the film,” Greenwood told The Quietus in 2014. “I over-obsess about this stuff, really. In Norwegian Wood I hunted out a ‘60s Japanese nylon string guitar and some period home recording equipment, and recorded a bunch of solo guitar things that were meant to have been written and recorded by [movie character] Reiko [Ishida], the piano teacher. I imagined finding the tapes years later, and wondered what they'd sound like. It's very pretentious – no mention of this happening in the film or book – but was a big help in writing the music, because I could ask, ‘How would a classical pianist learn to play in isolation, and what would she write?’ Other times it's about finding the right instrument. With We Need To Talk About Kevin it was the wire-strung harp, and all these cold chords and blank music.”
Greenwood has already been honored for the Phantom Thread soundtrack, having won Best Original Score awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association. The music is also nominated in the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards, the Seattle Film Critics Society and the St. Louis Film Critics Association.