Toronto's Mychael Danna wins Golden Globe
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Toronto composer Mychael Danna won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday night for his work on 'Life of Pi,' saying he wanted to share it with the film's director, Ang Lee.
"I felt very, very blessed, even before this, and I speak for the whole cast and crew, to be part of the whole 'Life of Pi' experience," he said. "Beautiful, special film. A film of a lifetime."
Danna spent nearly a year working on the score for "Life of Pi," which tells the story of a shipwrecked Indian boy adrift in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger.
Based on the prize-winning novel by Yann Martel, much of the film involves the main character Pi speaking to God while surrounded by an endless ocean, with other scenes taking place in India, Montreal and Mexico.
Danna pulled in a wide array of instruments, including mandolin, accordion, orchestra, Persian ney, sitar, the bowed sarangi and a reed flute known as bansuri.
"Pi" has also landed him two Oscar nominations and he's up for a British Academy Film Award as well.
Lee and Danna have previously collaborated on 1997's "The Ice Storm" and 1999's "Ride with the Devil."
Danna's credits also include "Moneyball," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "500 Days of Summer" and "Little Miss Sunshine."
At the Globes, the musician thanked his parents for giving him "the gift of music" and his friends and kids "back in Toronto."
The Oscar race for best score pits Danna against giants in the field including Dario Marianelli for "Anna Karenina," Alexandre Desplat for "Argo," John Williams for "Lincoln" and Thomas Newman for "Skyfall."
His song "Pi's Lullaby" (with lyric by Bombay Jayashri) will compete for best song against "Before My Time" from the film "Chasing Ice," "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted," "Skyfall" from "Skyfall" and "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables."
The Academy Awards will be handed out Feb. 24.