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The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable Talks Film Music’s Lack of Women, Working All-Nighters and How They’d Score the Election


America did not elect its first female president Nov. 8. But less than 24 hours after Election Day, THR‘s annual Composer Roundtable managed to assist in the breaking of one glass ceiling: For the first time in its eight-year history, the roundtable included a female panelist.

“I think there maybe has been an unconscious bias [against women],” said Lesley Barber, 54, who wrote the evocative score for Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed indie drama Manchester by the Sea. Barber was joined by Nicholas Britell, 36 (Moonlight); John Debney, 59 (The Jungle Book); Hauschka, 50 (Lion); Justin Hurwitz, 31 (La La Land); and Hans Zimmer, 59 (Hidden Figures) at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, ostensibly to talk about music.

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