Justin Hurwitz

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Justin Hurwitz
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Hurwitz in 2016
Born
Justin Gabriel Hurwitz[1]

(1985-01-22) January 22, 1985 (age 38)[1]
EducationNicolet High School
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationComposer, screenwriter

Justin Gabriel Hurwitz (born January 22, 1985) is an American film composer and television writer. He is best known for his works with director Damien Chazelle, scoring each of his movies: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), Whiplash (2014), La La Land (2016), First Man (2018), and Babylon (2022).[2][3][4][5]

For La La Land, Hurwitz won two Academy Awards, Best Original Score and Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.[6] He won two more Golden Globes for Best Original Score for First Man and Babylon.

Early life[change | change source]

Hurwitz was born in Los Angeles, California to Ken Hurwitz and Gail Halabe. His parents are Jewish.

Influences[change | change source]

Hurwitz stated composers like Christophe Beck, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Menken, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Maurice Jarre, Hans Zimmer and Patrick Doyle as influences.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (Database online)". Ancestry.com. State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics. 2005. Retrieved 2 Aug 2017.
  2. D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 10, 2016). "How 'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle, His Team & Lionsgate Faced the Music & Resurrected the Original Hollywood Musical". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. "'Moonlight' Named Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics". Yahoo!. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. Orr, Christopher (December 9, 2016). "The Novelty and Nostalgia of 'La La Land'". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  5. Bryan Abrams (September 23, 2014). "Whiplash Composer Justin Hurwitz Settles the Score". wheretowatch.com.
  6. "Justin Hurwitz wins best original score in a motion picture at Golden Globes". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 January 2017.

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