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And the Oscar goes to... Dario Marianelli

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Dario Marianelli accepting the Oscar for Best Music (Original Score) for Atonement

At the 80th Academy Awards this past Sunday, Italian born composer and MOTU user Dario Marianelli won the Oscar for Best Music (Original Score) for Atonement (2008, Focus Features), starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

This is Dario's second nomination and his first Oscar. Dario was first nominated for Best Music (Original Score) for his soundtrack for Pride & Prejudice (2005, Focus Features). Dario also recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for Atonement. As a prolific award-winning composer of piano, orchestral and film music, Dario uses Digital Performer, MachFive and MOTU audio interfaces in his studio.


Released early in January, 2008 and directed by Joe Wright, Atonement opened to immediate critical acclaim and garnered seven Academy Award nominations, as well as other prestigious nominations and awards from the ASC, Art Directors Guild and others. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan, the story centers around a 13-year-old girl, Briony Tallis, who irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's (Keira Knightley) lover (James McAvoy) of a crime he did not commit.

Dario Marianelli is a prolific composer with a long list of credits, including Far North (2007), V for Vendetta (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005), September (2003), The Warrior (2001) and many others. Current unreleased projects include The Soloist (2008) and Hippie Hippie Shake (2008). Further credits can be found at IMDb.com and Wikipedia.

In a recent interview on sountrack.net, Dario was asked, "What is your working process?" Dario answers:

"I mostly use the computer. On occasion I sit at the piano, at home, and deliberately look for a theme or a particular harmonic sequence, and scribble it down for later use in my studio. I find the ability to produce demos very quickly with the computer an invaluable tool to get fast feedback from the director, and this is very important, especially at the beginning of a collaboration, as the initial ideas generate lots of variations very rapidly."

Watch Dario's acceptance speech on YouTube, or read it at Oscar.com.

Dario Marianelli at the 80th Academy Awards