The Icelandic composer has now secured three-quarters of an EGOT in less than five months.
Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Oscar for best original score for Joker at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 9). The Icelandic composer is the third woman to win for scoring a film, following Rachel Portman, for Emma (1996), and Anne Dudley, for The Full Monty (1997).
"This is so touching," Hildur said on accepting the award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. "Thank you to the Academy for welcoming me so warmly. My fellow nominees, masters of the craft, it has been such an honor to get to know you all. It has been so special."
Hildur had a special focus as she closed her speech: "To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters who hear the music bubbling within, please speak up. We need to hear your voices."
Hildur has now secured three-quarters of an EGOT in less than five months—the fastest that anyone has amassed that many EGOT-level awards since Bob Fosse did it in less than two months in the spring of 1973.
Hildur kicked off this winning streak at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 15 when she won outstanding music composition for a limited series, movie, or special for HBO's Chernobyl. She won a Grammy on Jan. 26 for best score soundtrack for visual media for that same work.
Between March 25 and May 20, 1973, Fosse won two Tonys for his work on Pippin, an Oscar for directing Cabaret and three Emmys for his work on Liza Minnelli's NBC-TV special, Liza with a Z. Fosse was 45 at the time of his sweep, eight years older than Hildur is now.