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Sunday December 18, 2011

Spanish Composter Alberto Iglesias Eyeing Another Oscar Nomination

Spanish Composter Alberto Iglesias Eyeing Another Oscar Nomination

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Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias is winding up one of his “most productive years” with a real chance to win his third Oscar nomination, an honor that, as the artist told Efe, would be great for widening his professional horizons.

The Spaniard’s name is being mentioned for an Academy Award nod for Best Original Score along with John Williams, Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer, thanks to the music he created for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Pedro Almodovar’s “La Piel que Habito” (The Skin I Live In).

“The Oscars are an exceptional event and the two times (that I’ve been a candidate) have been great learning experiences, great for meeting people and understanding more about music and the industry. The Oscars are good for me,” said Iglesias, who landed a Best Original Score nomination for “The Constant Gardener” in 2006 and “The Kite Runner” in 2008.

Despite being an acclaimed composer, winner of nine Goya prizes - Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars - two European Film Awards and a candidate for Hollywood’s top honors, his smooth, intimate style seems to have currently left him out of doing soundtracks for the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, a situation he would like to fix.

“I’d like to make standard action films, but the kind where the action leads to something. I like big spaces with a lot of sound and music dynamics. There’s no doubt it’s going to happen and that I get into action movies,” the composer said.

Alberto Iglesias’ career is closely tied to Spanish film, particularly to the career of Pedro Almodovar, with whom he has worked in almost a dozen films, and directors like Julio Medem and Iciar Bollain, though outside his country he is known for films that are more international.

Iglesias created music for the two parts of “Che” by Steven Soderbergh, as well as “The Constant Gardener” by Fernando Meirelles and “The Kite Runner” by Germany’s Marc Forster, films that made him a Hollywood fixture.

About his Oscar possibilities, Iglesias thinks his best bet for a nomination could be the British spy thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” since being in English it will be “more easily understood” than the Spanish movie “La Piel que Habito.”

The Spanish composer’s chief rivals for a place among the five nominees are the iconic John Williams with his soundtracks for “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin”, along with Alexandre Desplat for “The Tree of Life” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” and Ludovic Bource for “The Artist.”

Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, while the awarding of the Oscars will take place in the same California city on Feb. 26.