For her haunting work on Joker, Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir not only became the first woman to win best original score at the Oscars as the category is currently structured, but she also completed an awards season sweep that may well be unprecedented.
While Guðnadóttir is the first woman to win in the best original score category as we’ve known it for the past two decades, she is not the first woman to win an Academy Award for score: Marilyn Bergman shared a best original song score Oscar with her husband Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand for their work on Yentl in 1984. Female composers Rachel Portman and Anne Dudley won the best original musical or comedy score Oscars back to back in 1996 and 1997 for their scores on Emma and The Full Monty, respectively. But Guðnadóttir is the first to be honored for best original score since the category was restructured as such in 1999. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.