Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award


Steven Price has won the Bafta for Best Original Music at the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Awards.


Price’s score for Gravity, the big-budget sci-fi film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, won him the award ahead of John Williams and Hans Zimmer, shortlisted for The Book Thief and 12 Years a Slave respectively. The other composers on the shortlist were Henry Jackman, for Captain Phillips, and Thomas Newman, for Saving Mr Banks.

Price, 36, collected his award at a glitzy ceremony at the Royal Opera House, where other winners included actress Cate Blanchett, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gravity’s director Alfonso Cuaron. On accepting the award, the Nottingham-born Price thanked his ‘mum and dad for having such a great record collection when I was a kid’.

The evening’s other winners included the Best Adapted Screenplay Bafta for Philomena, in which Steve Coogan plays the part of journalist Martin Sixsmith opposite Dame Judi Dench. Sixsmith himself, a keen classical music enthusiast, has written a feature on Russian music that will appear in the March issue of BBC Music Magazine, on sale on Wednesday 19 February.


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