Music composer, songwriter and producer Gustavo Santaolalla, received an Orange British Academy Film Award nomination this morning from The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his work on Ang Lee's critically acclaimed film, Brokeback Mountain. The prolific musical artist composed the original score for the film as well as wrote the original song "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" performed by Emmylou Harris and co-written by legendary lyricist Bernie Taupin which recently earned Santaolalla a Golden Globe Award. Santaolalla's nomination for BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music is just one of the nine nominations that Brokeback Mountain and its stars received this morning.
"I'm very honored to have been nominated for the BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award. It's a privilege to be associated with such an outstanding and important motion picture as Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain'," said Santaolalla following the announcement.
In addition to this morning's BAFTA nomination and his recent Golden Globe win, Santaolalla has also received numerous other accolades for his work on Brokeback Mountain including another nomination for Best Original Score from the Golden Globes, two Critics' Choice Award Nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, winning awards for Best Score from the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, as well as a nomination from the International Press Academy for Best Original Score and the Satellite Award from the International Press Academy for Best Original Song.
Santaolalla's music career started at the age of 16, when he wrote, recorded and produced his first single in his native Argentina. He founded the band Arco Iris in 1967 and made history as the pioneer in the fusion of rock and Latin American Folk. He relocated to Los Angeles in the late 70's. Teaming with production partner Anibal Kerpel, the Santaolalla-Kerpel team would achieve super-producer status. The duo is responsible for shaping Café Tacuba's reputation as one of the most original rock bands in the international world of alternative music. His success continued with the launch of his highly successful record label, Surco, where he has produced records for Juanes, Molotov, Bajofondo Tango Club and other premiere Latin acts. Santaolalla has received numerous Latin Grammy Awards and nominations, including the prestigious 2005 "Producer of the Year" LATIN GRAMMY AWARD®.
Santaolalla continues to push the envelope, fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams, film scoring. He scored Amores Perros, one of the most-acclaimed Mexican films since Bunuel's Los Olividados. He also composed the original score for 21 Grams and North Country. In addition, Santaolalla received the Flanders Film Festival Best Original Score Award in Belgium last year for his work on 21 Grams and the BAFTA award in February 2005 for his original score of Motorcycle Diaries. Recently, Santaolalla was nominated for Critic's Choice Awards for Best Composer and best song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old." He is currently scoring director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new project, Babel, starring Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.
Santaolalla was featured as one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Hispanics in August 2005.
BAFTA's Orange British Academy Film Awards will be hosted for the sixth time by Stephen Fry and will take place on Sunday 19 February at the Odeon, Leicester Square. They will be produced by Initial (part of Endemol UK) and broadcast on BBC ONE.