Nomadland swept up at the Academy Awards, taking home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress.
Director Chloé Zhao made history this month, becoming the second woman, and first woman of colour, to receive the Oscar in the Best Director category.
Nomadland tells the story of Fern (Frances McDormand) who packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad, following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada.
Listen to the Nomadland soundtrack
The Nomadland soundtrack features music from Ludovico Einaudi’s previous albums, predominantly from the Italian composer’s 2019 seven-album collection titled “Seven Days Walking.”
You can listen to the Nomadland soundtrack on Spotify. The songs are:
Overseas – Ludovico Einaudi
Seven Days Walking/ Day 1: Golden Butterflies- Ludovico Einaudi
On The Road Again- Nomadland Cast
Quartzsite Vendor Blues- Donnie Miller
Epilogue- Olafur Arnalds
Answer Me, My Love- Nat King Cole
Next To The Track Blues- Paul Winer
Petricor- Ludovico Einaudi
Seven Days Walking/ Day 3: Low Mist- Ludovico Einaudi
Dave’s Song- Tay Straithairn
Drifting Away I Go- Cat Clifford
In the film’s press notes, director Chloé Zhao said she was drawn to the music because she “set out to look for music inspired by nature.”
Zhao said: “A big part of Fern’s [Frances McDormand] evolution is learning to live with nature. Living in a van, she becomes increasingly more exposed to nature – its beauty and hostility, its ability to replenish and to heal.”
The music from “Seven Days Walking” features Einaudi on the piano, Federico Mecozzi on violin and viola, and Redi Hasa on cello.
Why was the Nomadland soundtrack not nominated for Best Original Score at the Oscars?
Nomadland swept up at the Academy Awards, and took home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress.
However, the film was unable to be nominated for Best Original Score, and the reason is because the composer, Ludovico Einaudi, did not write the “Nomadland” music specifically for the film.
The film’s press notes state that the music was inspired by hikes that Einaudi took in the Italian Alps. The composer took the same path for seven days, opening “himself up to the different emotions and stimuli he experienced while negotiating changing light, temperature, wildlife, and weather conditions.”