In The News: A Swede Scored Big By Scoring This Year’s Blockbuster, ‘Black Panther’

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In The News: A Swede Scored Big By Scoring This Year’s Blockbuster, ‘Black Panther’

“Black Panther” was the big box office winner in 2018, grossing over $700 million.

It had a great story, an amazing cast and a score to match. The film’s composer, Ludwig Göransson, is a friend of director Ryan Coogler – they were students together at USC – and according to the L.A. Times, they bonded over Swedish music.

When it came time to score “Black Panther,” Göransson knew it had to be done by going all in. He told the Times, “After he sent me the first draft of the script and I read it, I called him up, and I was like, ‘Hey, Ryan, the only way I’m going to be able to score this is to go to Africa and do research, and record with African musicians,’” Göransson said. “And that’s exactly, I think, what he wanted to hear.”

Also in the news…

It’s a noble Nobel Affair

Each year on Dec. 10, Nobel Day, honorees are celebrated for their works in physics, chemistry, medicine and literature, and the prizes are awarded in Stockholm (fun fact: The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway). Town & Country put together a slideshow of highlights, and we’re ogling over Swedish Queen Silvia’s look. She was ravishing in emerald(s)!

Teen of the year

TIME released its list of most influential teens of the year, and we couldn’t be prouder of this powerhouse Swede. Greta Thunberg is a young activist who recently made a splash during a U.N. summit on climate change. Earlier this year, she went on strike from school to let her government know how important this issue was to her. “I thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything — it is my moral duty to do what I can,” she told TIME. “I cannot vote, so this is a way that I can make my voice heard.” She makes the list with other teens like Millie Bobbie Brown, Storm Reid and students from Parkland High School.

Barefoot in blush

In “we’re late to the news” news, Malin Åkerman married fiancée Jack Donnelly during a ceremony in Mexico earlier this month. The Hollywood Reporter has all the details. Åkerman took to her Instagram page to send a message to her fans, “Thank you to our family and friends for making this weekend so fun and magical! Many thanks also to our amazing wedding team – we couldn’t have done it without you!”

Robyn is on everyone’s nice list

Robyn has made a sweet return with her album, “Honey,” and according to several media outlets, she’s finishing 2018 on top. Slant says she’s No. 1. Vulture put her fifth on the song-of-the year-list. NPR ranks her seventh on both its albums and song lists. As did Refinery29. The Associated Press also named her album as one of the best of the year, so we’re sure if you haven’t already read about “Honey,” you will soon.

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