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Carter Burwell

Biography

Film composer known for his focus on critically-acclaimed and commercially successful movies just like the Blind Part. He has obtained notoriety through his focus on many movies by directing duo the Coen Brothers. He worked well like a cartoonist for the Harvard University or college undergrad publication The Harvard Lampoon. He offers released albums with Stanton Miranda as Solid Pigeon. His dad Charles may be the creator of Thaibok Materials, Ltd.. He made up a country-inspired rating for the cult traditional comedy “Bringing up Az”, starring Nicolas Cage.

Quick Facts


Full Name Carter Burwell
Date Of Birth November 18, 1955
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Composer
Education Harvard University
Nationality American
Spouse Christine Sciulli
Parents Charles Burwell, Natalie Benedict Burwell
Awards Satellite Award for Best Original Score, World Soundtrack Award – Public Choice, ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score), Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
Movies Twilight, Carol, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Fargo, True Grit, Blood Simple, Anomalisa, Hail, Caesar!, Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, Miller's Crossing, Legend, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading, Being John Malkovich, The Blind Side, A Serious Man, In Bruges, Mr. Holmes, Gods and Monsters, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are, A Knight's Tale, The Founder, The Finest Hours, The Hudsucker Proxy, Rob Roy, The Alamo, Velvet Goldmine, Intolerable Cruelty, The Family Fang, The Ladykillers, Kinsey, The Kids Are All Right, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Jackal, Conspiracy Theory, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Three Kings, Fur, Before Night Falls, Doc Hollywood, The Fifth Estate, The Rookie, Seven Psychopaths, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Airheads, Wayne's World 2, And the Band Played On
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1One of 115 peopled invited to join AMPAS in 2007.
2Has scored all of the films directed by Spike Jonze - except Her (2013).
3Has composed scores for all the Coen Brothers' films - except Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hail, Caesar!2016conductor
The Finest Hours2016conductor
Anomalisa2015conductor / orchestrator
Legend2015/Iconductor / orchestrator
Carol2015conductor / orchestrator
The Fifth Estate2013music programmer / orchestrator
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 22012conductor / orchestrator
Seven Psychopaths2012conductor / orchestrator
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 12011conductor / orchestrator
Mildred PierceTV Mini-Series conductor - 5 episodes, 2011 music producer - 5 episodes, 2011 orchestrator - 5 episodes, 2011
True Grit2010conductor / orchestrator
The Kids Are All Right2010conductor / music arranger / musician: keyboards
Howl2010musician: piano / orchestrator
The Blind Side2009orchestrator
Where the Wild Things Are2009orchestrator: Carter Burwell's score
A Serious Man2009conductor / orchestrator
Twilight2008/Iconductor / orchestrator
Burn After Reading2008conductor - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
In Bruges2008conductor / orchestrator
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead2007conductor / orchestrator
The Hoax2006conductor / orchestrator
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus2006conductor / orchestrator
Kinsey2004conductor / orchestrator
The Alamo2004conductor / music arranger: on-screen music / orchestrator
The Ladykillers2004conductor / orchestrator
Intolerable Cruelty2003conductor / score orchestrator
S1m0ne2002conductor / orchestrator
The Man Who Wasn't There2001conductor / orchestrator
A Knight's Tale2001conductor
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 22000music recordist / musician
Before Night Falls2000conductor / orchestrator
O Brother, Where Art Thou?2000composer: additional music
Hamlet2000conductor / orchestrator
Mystery, Alaska1999conductor
Three Kings1999conductor / orchestrator
Being John Malkovich1999conductor / orchestrator
The Corruptor1999music programmer
The Hi-Lo Country1998conductor
Mercury Rising1998composer: additional music - uncredited
The Big Lebowski1998orchestrator
Gods and Monsters1998conductor / orchestrator
Mr. Jealousy1997musician: accordion
The Spanish Prisoner1997conductor / orchestrator
Conspiracy Theory1997conductor
Picture Perfect1997orchestra conductor / orchestrator
The Chamber1996conductor / orchestrator
Fargo1996conductor / orchestrator
The Celluloid Closet1995Documentary conductor / orchestrator
Rob Roy1995conductor
Bad Company1995musician: piano
The Rook1994musician
And the Band Played On1993TV Movie conductor - uncredited / orchestrator - uncredited
Kalifornia1993musician: keyboards
Framed1990TV Movie composer: additional music
Clash!1990TV Series theme song - 1990

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intolerable Cruelty2003
Adaptation.2002
S1m0ne2002
Searching for Paradise2002
The Rookie2002
The Man Who Wasn't There2001
A Knight's Tale2001
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 22000
Before Night Falls2000
What Planet Are You From?2000
Hamlet2000
Mystery, Alaska1999
Three Kings1999
Being John Malkovich1999
The General's Daughter1999
The Corruptor1999
The Hi-Lo Country1998
Velvet Goldmine1998
The Big Lebowski1998
Gods and Monsters1998
The Jackal1997
Girls Night Out1997Short
The Spanish Prisoner1997
The Locusts1997
Conspiracy Theory1997
Assassin(s)1997
Picture Perfect1997
The Chamber1996
Joe's Apartment1996
Fear1996
Fargo1996music by
CBS Schoolbreak Special1995TV Series 1 episode
Two Bits1995
The Celluloid Closet1995Documentary
A Goofy Movie1995
Rob Roy1995
Bad Company1995
Airheads1994
It Could Happen to You1994
The Hudsucker Proxy1994
Wayne's World 21993
And the Band Played On1993TV Movie
A Dangerous Woman1993
Kalifornia1993
This Boy's Life1993
Storyville1992
Waterland1992
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1992
Doc Hollywood1991
Scorchers1991
Barton Fink1991
Miller's Crossing1990
Checking Out1989
It Takes Two1988
The Beat1988
Pass the Ammo1988
Raising Arizona1987
Psycho III1986
A Hero of Our Time1985Short
R.A.B.L.1985Short
Blood Simple.1984
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri2017post-production
Wonderstruck2017post-production
The Founder2016composer completed
Hail, Caesar!2016
The Finest Hours2016
The Family Fang2015
Anomalisa2015
Legend2015/I
Carol2015
Mr. Holmes2015
Olive Kitteridge2014TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
The Fifth Estate2013
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 22012
Seven Psychopaths2012
Midnight Run2011Short
Moving Gracefully Towards the Exit2011Documentary
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 12011
Enlightened2011TV Series 1 episode
Mildred Pierce2011TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
True Grit2010
The Kids Are All Right2010
Howl2010
The Blind Side2009
After Today Live2009Short
Where the Wild Things Are2009
A Serious Man2009
Twilight2008/I
Burn After Reading2008
In Bruges2008
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead2007
No Country for Old Men2007
The Hoax2006
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus2006
Kinsey2004
The Alamo2004
The Ladykillers2004

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Anomalisa2015music: "None of Them Are You"
White Collar2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dirties2013performer: "Puppet Love" / writer: "Puppet Love"
Calidoscopi Montalbán2012TV Movie writer: "Balloon Escape"
Welt ohne Männer2012TV Movie documentary writer: "Overture"
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 12011writer: "Bella's Lullaby"
Mildred PierceTV Mini-Series performer - 4 episodes, 2011 writer - 4 episodes, 2011
Where the Wild Things Are2009performer: "Sailing", "Follow The Fires", "We Love You So" - uncredited
Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak2009TV Short documentary writer: "Lost Fur"
The Shock Doctrine2009Documentary writer: "original soundtrack excerpts"
Twilight2008/Iwriter: "Bella's Lullaby" - uncredited
The Alamo2004arranger: "Deguello" / producer: "Jarbe Pateno" / writer: "Deguello de Crockett"
Das DuoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
A Knight's Tale2001"One of our Own"
What Planet Are You From?2000arranger: "Wedding March Bridal Chorus From Lohengrin"
Paragraph 1752000Documentary "Falling in Love Again"
The Big Lebowski1998writer: "Technopop" - uncredited
Rob Roy1995arranger: "Ailein Duinn", "Morag's Lament" / performer: "Hard Earth" / writer: "Hard Earth"
Doc Hollywood1991writer: "THE MILLWOOD STOMP"
Psycho III1986music: "The Scream Of Love", "Catherine Mary", "Dirty Street" / performer: "The Scream Of Love"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joe's Apartment1996The Roach Chorus (voice)
Scorchers1991Piano Player

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lensman1984Bosconian city animation: NYIT / model maker - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Help, I'm Being Crushed to Death by a Black Rectangle1978Short

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
R.A.B.L.1985Short assistant animator

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Savage County2010TV Movie production assistant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak2009TV Short documentary thanks
From the (Under)Ground Up: The Making of 'The Corruptor'1999Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blurred Lines: Sound Design in Blood Simple2016Documentary shortHimself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Score
PBS NewsHour2016TV SeriesHimself
73rd Golden Globe Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (credit only)
Lights! Action! Music!2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sonic Cinema2000TV SeriesHimself
Funny1988DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2016INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2016Artisan AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalCarol (2015)
2016World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsFilm Composer of the YearAnomalisa (2015)
2016World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Song Written Directly for a FilmAnomalisa (2015)· Charlie Kaufman (lyrics by)
· Tom Noonan (performed by)
2016Public Choice AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsCarol (2015)
2016World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Song Written Directly for a FilmAnomalisa (2015)· Charlie Kaufman (music and lyrics by)
· Tom Noonan (performed by)
2016Public Choice AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsCarol (2015)
2015ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Original Score or SoundtrackCarol (2015)
2015LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest MusicAnomalisa (2015)
2015Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2013ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
2012ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score)Mildred Pierce (2011)
2011ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsTrue Grit (2010)
2010ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsThe Blind Side (2009)
2010BMI Film Music AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsFilm MusicWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2009Public Choice AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsTwilight (2008)
2009ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsTwilight (2008)
2009Henry Mancini AwardASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Comedy FilmBurn After Reading (2008)
2003ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsThe Rookie (2002)
2001FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Soundtrack and ScoreO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)· T Bone Burnett
2000Rota Soundtrack AwardVenice Film FestivalBefore Night Falls (2000)
2000ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsThe General's Daughter (1999)
1999Below-The-Line AwardGotham Awards
1998ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsConspiracy Theory (1997)
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreFargo (1996)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreFargo (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScoreCarol (2015)
2016COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ScoreCarol (2015)
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScoreCarol (2015)
2016HMMA AwardHollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)Best Original Score - Feature FilmCarol (2015)
2016ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsTechnical Achievement of the YearCarol (2015)
2016Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Music, Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2016OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2016Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Score - Motion PictureCarol (2015)
2016EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Film Music or ScoreCarol (2015)
2016AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature ProductionAnomalisa (2015)
2016ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsBest Film ScoreCarol (2015)
2015CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2015IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Drama FilmCarol (2015)
2015SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ScoreCarol (2015)
2015WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2015Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest ScoreCarol (2015)
2011Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2011World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearTrue Grit (2010)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Main Title Theme MusicMildred Pierce (2011)
2011EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Film Music or ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2010Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2010CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2010DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Original ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsOriginal SongWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2010HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2010IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Drama FilmTrue Grit (2010)
2010OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2010OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScoreTrue Grit (2010)
2010World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearThe Blind Side (2009)
2010World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Score - Motion PictureWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2009CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScoreIn Bruges (2008)
2009Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Original ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2009World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearBurn After Reading (2008)
2009World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearBurn After Reading (2008)
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
2008IFMCA AwardInternational Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller FilmTwilight (2008)
2001CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScoreO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)· T Bone Burnett
2001OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)· T Bone Burnett
2001PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScoreO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)· T Bone Burnett
2001World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsSoundtrack Composer of the YearA Knight's Tale (2001)
2001World Soundtrack AwardWorld Soundtrack AwardsBest Original Soundtrack of the YearBefore Night Falls (2000)
2001Anthony Asquith Award for Film MusicBAFTA AwardsO Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)· T Bone Burnett
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ScoreFargo (1996)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2015FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScoreCarol (2015)
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Original ScoreCarol (2015)
2010BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Use of Music in a FilmTrue Grit (2010)
2010COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ScoreWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)· Karen O
1998LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest MusicGods and Monsters (1998)
1978OIAF AwardOttawa International Animation FestivalFirst FilmsHelp, I'm Being Crushed to Death by a Black Rectangle (1978)


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#Quote
1If you ask film composers - and I have - whether they feel there's too much or too little music in the average film, they will all say too much.
2There's just too much music in movies, almost always more than I think there should be. It's either lack of confidence on the part of filmmakers or a tradition of scoring things. It's always better to have less than to have more.


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