Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: Gustavo Santaolalla
Film: The Fight
In 2007, Gustavo Santaolalla became only the third composer in history to be honored with two consecutive academy awards for Best Original Score. He also received consecutive Golden Globe Nominations for Babel and Brokeback Mountain, and a remarkable third consecutive BAFTA nomination, winning two of the three years for Babel and The Motorcycle Diaries.
In addition to the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTA’s, Santaolalla has also been honored with 2 Grammys, 15 Latin Grammys (including the prestigious Producer of the Year), a World Soundtrack Award and a Platino award. He was nominated for two additional Golden Globes, two Critics Choice Awards and won Best Score from the Chicago Film Critics, Las Vegas Film Critics and Online Film Critics Associations for Brokeback Mountain.
His breakthrough as a solo artist came with the 1996 release Ronroco by the prestigious Nonesuch Label through Warner Bros. Records. The album earned rave reviews and put Santaolalla at the forefront of the Latin music world. As a producer, he has also worked with such artists as: Café Tacuba, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Molotov, Nelly Furtado, Elvis Costello, The Gypsy Kings, Maldita Vecindad and Kronos Quartet.
Santaolalla’s film credits also include the Oscar-Nominated August: Osage County, 21 Grams, Amores Perros, Biutiful and North Country, starring Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand.
A TIME cover story named Santaolalla “One of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” and Entertainment Weekly credited him as one of the “50 Smartest People in Hollywood.”