Nicholas Britell is an American composer, pianist, and film producer based in New York City. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for the film Moonlight (2016).
Matthew Sweet in conversation with the American composer and pianist Nicholas Britell who created the scores for films such 'Moonlight', 'The Big Short', 'Free State of Jones' and 'Vice' and whose new score for "If Beale Street Could Talk" is shortlisted for both a BAFTA and an Academy Award.
Film composer Nicholas Britell says when he's writing a score, he wants the audience to lose themselves in the film. "Music can have so much power, but you have to be careful with that power." Britell's score for 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is nominated for an Academy Award. He also did the score for 'Vice.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a recording of Oscar Peterson's 1969 album 'Motions & Emotions.'Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, 'The Friend,' is narrated by a woman grieving the suicide of her longtime friend and former writing professor, whom she slept with once. Nunez talks about how the subjects of the book relate to her own life.
Alicia heads to a loud room at a Beverly Hills hotel to talk with the talented composer Nicholas Britell. He's just been nominated for his second Oscar, and we chat about growing up in New York, his interesting road to scoring films, and working with Barry Jenkins and Adam McKay.
The film Moonlight tells the story of its main character, Chiron, in three chapters: when Chiron is a young boy, nicknamed Little, when he's a teenager, and when he's an adult, nicknamed Black. For each chapter of the film, composer Nicholas Britell created a theme, and in this episode, Nicholas takes those themes apart. The score for Moonlight was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and the film itself won the Golden Globe for Best Drama.