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Craig Armstrong

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Scottish producer Craig Armstrong scored countless soundtracks to very much acclaim through the ’90s and in to the 2000s. His soundtrack function was actually so effective that lots of big-name artists, such as for example U2 and Madonna, started courting him, while he concurrently pursued a single career being a down-tempo electronica manufacturer beginning with THE AREA Between Us in 1998. Though his collaborations are as well many to list, Armstrong’s many successfully matched with film movie director Baz Luhrman, making big-selling soundtracks for Romeo + Juliet (1998) and Moulin Rouge (2001). Blessed in Scotland, Armstrong started his production profession in the first ’90s. He constructed music for many BBC and STV productions during this time period, but his big break was included with the Scottish pop trio Big Dish. Armstrong co-wrote three music over the trio’s Satellites record, released in 1991, and in addition provided string agreements for the record. Three years afterwards, in 1994, Armstrong caused renowned trip-hop group Massive Strike on its genre-defining Security record. This association with Substantial Attack would pay out dividends a couple of years afterwards once the group released Armstrong’s debut full-length recording on its Melankolic label. By the finish from the ’90s, Armstrong got collaborated with such big-name performers as U2, Madonna, Opening, the Spice Women, the London Suede, and Tina Turner, furthermore to many additional lesser-known artists. As stated, Massive Assault released Armstrong’s single debut, THE AREA Between Us, in 1998. The recording didn’t end up being as popular needlessly to say, however it nonetheless improved Armstrong’s reputation like a noteworthy maker. In this same past due-’90s period, Armstrong continued focusing on soundtrack tasks, which continued to be his most acclaimed function. His work with Jake Scott’s debut film, Plunkett & Macleane, was maybe his most noticeable function, released by Astralwerks in the us (as got THE AREA Between Us annually earlier). Nevertheless, he done soundtracks for a lot more effective films such as for example Mission: Difficult (1996), Romeo + Juliet (1998), Cruel Motives (1999), and — maybe his most celebrated soundtrack function — Moulin Rouge (2001). Following a achievement of Moulin Rouge, and its own second quantity, Armstrong came back in 2002 along with his second non-soundtrack full-length work, As though to Nothing at all, which boasted a fresh edition of U2’s “Stay (Faraway, Therefore Close).” In 2004, he offered the rating for the Ray Charles biopic Ray, and in 2005, an anthology of his film function was released.

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Full Name Craig Armstrong
Profession Film Score Composer
Education Royal Academy of Music
Nationality British
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, Satellite Award for Best Original Score
Music Groups The Dolls
Albums The Space Between Us, As If to Nothing, Piano Works, The Great Gatsby: The Orchestral Score from Baz Luhrmann's Film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Me Before You (Original Motion Picture Score), The Incredible Hulk, Far from the Madding Crowd, Plunkett & Macleane, Memory Takes My Hand, Bridget Jones's Baby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, World Trade Center, The Bone Collector, Snowden (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Victor Frankenstein (Original Motion Picture Score), It's Nearly Tomorrow, Ray - Original Motion Picture Score, The Quiet American, In Time (Original Motion Picture Score), Rosa Morta, Snowden (Orchestral Score), The Clearing, Baiser mortel du dragon 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Orlando
Nominations World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film, Classic Brit Award for Soundtrack of the Year
Movies Love Actually, Me Before You, The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Bridget Jones's Baby, The Incredible Hulk, Snowden, Far from the Madding Crowd, In Time, Victor Frankenstein, The Bone Collector, Kiss of the Dragon, Plunkett & Macleane, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, World Trade Center, The Magdalene Sisters, The Clearing, The Quiet American, Ray, Must Love Dogs, Fever Pitch, Neds, Best Laid Plans, No. 5 the Film, The Day After Peace, The Descendants, Orphans, Red Curtain Trilogy, "Weird Al" Yankovic Live!, Fridge, The Diary of Dreams, Dreamland


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1 He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the music industry.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Snowden 2016 "Secret Downloading" / producer: "Secret Downloading" / writer: "Secret Downloading"
Victor Frankenstein 2015 arranger: "Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324", "Valse Bleue", "Marche Militaire No. 1, Op. 51", "Waltz from 'Coppélia'", "España Waltz, Op. 236", "Les Patineurs Valse, Op. 183"
Mommy 2014/I performer: "Childhood" / writer: "Childhood"
The Great Gatsby 2013 writer: "Into The Past", "Can't Repeat The Past", "Infinite Hope", "Daisy's Theme"
Laurence Anyways 2012 performer: "Let's Go Out Tonight" / writer: "Let's Go Out Tonight"
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 Documentary writer: "Smash Sumthin"
What's Your Number? 2011 writer: "Motor City"
So You Think You Can Dance 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
How I Met Your Mother 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010 performer: "BALL" / writer: "BALL"
Clash of the Titans 2010 writer: "Io's Theme"
L'évasion 2009 TV Movie performer: "Let it be Love" / writer: "Let it be Love" - as C. Armstrong
Desert Flower 2009 music: "Without You Glenn Morrison Remix"
The Incredible Hulk 2008 performer: "Bruce Goes Home" - uncredited / writer: "Bruce Goes Home" - uncredited
Nostalgia Critic 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Monsters We Met TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2007 writer - 2 episodes, 2007
Verbotene Liebe 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
16mm Mystery 2004 Short "Ruthless Gravity"
Layer Cake 2004 performer: "Ruthless Gravity" / writer: "Ruthless Gravity"
Wimbledon 2004 performer: "Ball" / writer: "Ball"
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 producer: "Lab Scene" / writer: "Lab Scene"
Corps à corps 2003 "This Love"
Monkey Dust 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Benjamim 2003 performer: "Laura's Theme"
The Quiet American 2002 lyrics: "Song for Phuong" / writer: "Song for Phuong"
Six Feet Under 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kiss of the Dragon 2001 arranger: "As If You Said Nothing" / performer: "As If You Said Nothing" / producer: "As If You Said Nothing" / writer: "As If You Said Nothing"
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 performer: "Inhaler" / writer: "Inhaler"
Moulin Rouge! 2001 producer: "Nature Boy", "Sparkling Diamonds", "Your Song", "One Day I'll Fly Away", "Elephant Love Medley", "Come What May", "Fool To Believe", "The Show Must Go On" / writer: "Fool To Believe"
Long Haul 2000 Short writer: "Weather Storm"
Complicity 2000 performer: "Ball" / writer: "Ball"
The Dancer 2000 performer: "Let's go out tonight" - as Craig Armonstrong
Wie is de mol? 1999 TV Series performer: "New York City"
One Day in September 1999 Documentary performer: "Glasgow", "Rise", "Short Piece 12" / writer: "Glasgow", "Rise", "Short Piece 12"
Mauvaises fréquentations 1999 writer: "Rise"
The Bone Collector 1999 performer: "McKenzie" / writer: "McKenzie"
Best Laid Plans 1999 writer: "Twisted Mess"
Cruel Intentions 1999 performer: "This Love" / writer: "This Love"
Plunkett & Macleane 1999 performer: "No 9", "Childhood", "Hypnotic", "Houses in Motion", "Revelations" / writer: "No 9", "Childhood", "Hypnotic", "Revelations"
Alice et Martin 1998 performer: "Laura's Theme" / writer: "Laura's Theme"
The Negotiator 1998 performer: "Rise" 1998 / writer: "Rise" 1998
Romeo + Juliet 1996 arranger: "Slow Movement" / writer: "Slow Movement"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bridget Jones's Baby 2016 music by
Snowden 2016
Me Before You 2016
Victor Frankenstein 2015
Far from the Madding Crowd 2015
Dreamland 2014/III Short
The Great Gatsby 2013
The Untold History of the United States 2012-2013 TV Series documentary 9 episodes
In Time 2011
Neds 2010
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010
The Incredible Hulk 2008
The Day After Peace 2008
Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007
Monsters We Met 2007 TV Series documentary 2 episodes
World Trade Center 2006
Everyone Is Beautiful John Galliano Show 2006 Video short
Must Love Dogs 2005
Fever Pitch 2005
Chanel N°5: The Film 2004 Short music arranged by
Ray 2004/I
The Clearing 2004
Close Encounters with Keith Barry 2003 TV Series 2003-
Love Actually 2003
Hide & Seek (Vogue) 2003 Short
Al cuore 2002 Short
The Quiet American 2002
The Magdalene Sisters 2002
Kiss of the Dragon 2001
Moulin Rouge! 2001
La montagna cava 2000 TV Short documentary
Your Country 1999 Video documentary short
The Bone Collector 1999
Best Laid Plans 1999
Plunkett & Macleane 1999
Orphans 1998
London Bridge 1996 TV Series 6 episodes
Fridge 1995 Short
Winners and Losers 1989 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Me Before You 2016 musician: piano
Victor Frankenstein 2015 musician: piano
The Great Gatsby 2013 orchestrator
In Time 2011 music arranger / musician: piano and keyboards
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010 music arranger / orchestrator
The Incredible Hulk 2008 orchestrator
Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 orchestrator
Monsters We Met 2007 TV Series documentary composer - 2 episodes
Crossing the Line 2006 Documentary composer: additional music
World Trade Center 2006 orchestrator
The Fear (El Miedo) 2006 composer: stock music
Ray 2004/I choral arranger / musician: piano solo / orchestrator / original score arranger / original score producer
The Victoria Cross: For Valour 2003 TV Movie documentary composer: closing music
Love Actually 2003 musician: guitar / musician: piano / orchestrator / score arranger / score producer
Red Mud 2002 Short soundtrack
The Magdalene Sisters 2002 conductor / music arranger
Kiss of the Dragon 2001 music arranger: vocals / orchestra arranger / programmer: orchestra / score arranger
Moulin Rouge! 2001 music arranger
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 1999 Video music arranger: songs
One Day in September 1999 Documentary composer: additional music
Best Laid Plans 1999 conductor / musician: piano / orchestrator
Plunkett & Macleane 1999 musician: piano / orchestrator

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of 'World Trade Center' 2006 Video documentary Himself
Anatomy of a Scene 2002-2004 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Composer
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Original Score
The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge' 2001 TV Short documentary Himself - Composer
HBO First Look 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Music Behind the Scenes 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 AACTA Award Australian Film Institute Best Original Music Score The Great Gatsby (2013)
2009 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films The Incredible Hulk (2008)
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Ray (2004)
2004 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Score Ray (2004) · Ray Charles
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score - Motion Picture Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music BAFTA Awards Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Marius De Vries
2002 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Composer of the Year Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Original Score Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Music in a Movie Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 IF Award IF Awards Best Music Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Steve Sharples
· Chris Elliott
· Marius De Vries
2001 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Discovery of the Year Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Most Creative Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Baz Luhrmann
· Marius De Vries

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 IFMCA Award International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) Best Original Score for a Drama Film Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
2014 FCCA Award Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Music The Great Gatsby (2013)
2014 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media The Great Gatsby (2013)
2014 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Score (Miglior colonna sonora) The Great Gatsby (2013)
2005 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music BAFTA Awards Ray (2004)
2003 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Song Written for a Film The Quiet American (2002) · Hong Nhung (performer)
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Score Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2002 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Score Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Marius De Vries
· Steve Hitchcock
2002 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Score Moulin Rouge! (2001)
2001 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Soundtrack of the Year Moulin Rouge! (2001) · Marius De Vries
2001 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album Moulin Rouge! (2001)


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