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Hurwitz in 2016
|Born||1985 (age 31–32)|
|Education||Nicolet High School|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Occupation||Composer and screenwriter|
Justin Hurwitz (born 1985) is an American film composer and a television writer. He is best known for scoring the film La La Land. He also scored Damien Chazelle's two other features, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench and Whiplash.
For La La Land, he won two Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song (for "City of Stars") as well as the Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (for "City of Stars"), and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.
Hurwitz was born in California, the son of Gail (née Halabe), a ballet dancer turned registered nurse, and Ken Hurwitz, a writer. His family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, Aleppo in Syria, and Beirut in Lebanon). His family moved to Wisconsin in 1998 where he attended Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin.
Hurwitz met director Damien Chazelle at Harvard University where they played in the indie-pop band, Chester French. They consequently became roommates and went to collaborate on a student film that would become Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench which was released in 2009. Hurwitz also wrote for the Harvard Lampoon while in school. After college, Hurwitz and Chazelle moved to Los Angeles where Hurwitz wrote comedy for the sitcom The League and one episode of The Simpsons. Thanks to the success of Guy and Madeline, they were able to obtain financing for their next collaboration, the 2014 film Whiplash - with Hurwitz scoring the film and Chazelle writing and directing. Whiplash won three Oscars.
|2009||Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench||Composer|
|2016||La La Land||Composer|
|2011||The Simpsons||Writer||Episode: "The Falcon and the D'ohman"|
|2011||The League||Writer||7 episodes|
|2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Writer/Producer|