Nicolet HS graduate Justin Hurwitz wins 2 Golden Globes for 'La La Land'

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 19:55:55-05

Making an impact Sunday night, the film La La Land took home seven Golden Globe Awards. Two of those went to music composer Justin Hurwitz, who has local ties to the Milwaukee area, attending Nicolet High School.

The film won all seven categories it was nominated in, and Hurwitz won two Golden Globes for Original Score and Best Original Song.

"It doesn't surprise me that he's getting this success. I've really like the work he's done. I like his approach to music," said Hoffman.

Hurwitz wasn't a part of the orchestra at Nicolet, but he and Hoffman worked on a project outside of school so he knew firsthand how much of an impact Hurwitz would make on the musical world.

"He impressed me even back then with how dedicated he was to pursuing his profession," said Hoffman.

Qualities Hurwitz’s father Ken says are in his son's DNA.

"For Justin, this is his passion," said Ken Hurwitz.

Ken recalls Hurwitz playing the piano since the age of six, first beginning to compose in the 4th grade.

"It's unreal; I'd say he works a good 100 hours a week. When he's composing, he never goes to bed before 2am,” said Hurwitz.

Working seven days a week, and as a result the hard work is paying off -- La La Land is earning rave reviews.

"He's as happy as can be," said Hurwitz.

Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24th, and Hurwitz’s father says that's the next goal for his son.

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