Three Oscar nominations for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Last September I wrote a glowing review of Tomas Alfredson’s Swedish-style adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. So I was delighted to see that the film has picked up three Oscar nominations.

Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman (Smiley)

Music (original score): Alberto Iglesias

Writing (adapted screenplay): Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

On hearing the news of his nomination in Berlin – the former heart of the Cold War depicted in the film – Gary Oldman declared himself to be ‘in shock’.

While this is a first nomination for Oldman, it’s the third for Iglesias, a Basque composer who has written film soundtracks for The Constant Gardener, The Kite Runner and All About My Motheramongst others. You can listen to a clip of his brooding, jazz-tinged score on the film’s webpage

The writing nomination is a highly poignant one, as Bridget O’Connor died last year at the age of 49 following a battle with cancer. Her husband, Peter Straughan, gave his reaction to the nomination here.

The 2012 Oscars will take place on Sunday 26 February.

8 thoughts on “Three Oscar nominations for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  1. All well deserved. Apparently the screenplay was originally going to be written by FROST/NIXON playwright Peter Morgan, but in the end he just got a producer credit.Many continue to say they found the story hard to follow in this adaptation – never bothered me, but as a fan of the book and the TV adaptation that is perhaps to be expected. Film Studies legend David Bordwell has written a truly insightful ‘Guide for the Perplexed’ on his blog and it is well worth reading, even if you could follow the story:


    • Many thanks, Sergio – very interesting. I saw the film before I read the novel and followed the plot fine, although when I read the original shortly afterwards, I did have a couple of ‘Oh I *see*’ moments. I’ll definitely check out the post you recommend.

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