Nicholas Britell (born 1980) is an American composer, pianist, and film producer based in New York City. Britell scored Natalie Portman’s directorial debut feature film A Tale of Love and Darkness, which screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Deadline called Britell’s score for the film “riveting”.
Britell also scored the Golden Globe-nominated The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay, starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell, based on the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and released by Paramount in December 2015. In addition, Britell produced the soundtrack album for the film. Britell has produced numerous other projects with The Amoveo Company, a multimedia production company and artists’ collective that he co-founded with Benjamin Millepied. Amoveo is a multimedia production company and artists’ collective active in digital media, television, and film. Notable Amoveo projects include “Naran Ja,” a short film directed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “Passage To Dawn,” a short film created for Maiyet’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, and “Hearts and Arrows”, a short film of Benjamin Millepied’s ballet of the same name which debuted at the L.A. Film Festival in June 2015. Working with Amoveo, Britell created the “Baileys Nutcracker (Britell Remix)”, which was used by Baileys for its successful “Baileys Nutcracker” campaign. The full-length version of the Baileys Nutcracker spot has over 2.8 million views on YouTube as of June 2015.
Britell is a member of the executive board of L.A. Dance Project and Chairman of the NY-based Decoda Ensemble.