Ned Beauman on Mica Levi

Profile by Ned Beauman of one of the best film composers I’ve ever heard. I love this character moment:

“I know it must seem like I live in a cave,” she said to me at one point, and indeed I sometimes felt not so much like a journalist as like a clippings service, updating Levi on the progress of her own career. She was surprised to learn that she was the first female nominee for Best Original Score in sixteen years, and only the fifth in the history of the Academy Awards. She was surprised to learn that Alex Ross, a critic she admires, had praised her work on this Web site. She was surprised to learn that Karl Lagerfeld had used two pieces from her “Jackie” score for his recent Chanel couture show of sixties-inspired twinsets. Watching the video on my phone, she marvelled at the excess of the event, which was held in a mirrored arena in Paris’s Grand Palais. I asked her if she would be getting royalties from Chanel. “I should look into that!” she said.