Carter Benedict Burwell (born November 18, 1954) is an American composer of film scores. He has consistently collaborated with the Coen brothers, having scored 16 of their films, including Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, and, most recently, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Burwell has also scored three of Todd Haynes’ films and all the films of director Martin McDonagh. He has received Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for Haynes’ Carol (2015) and McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
Other notable film scores include the Spike Jonze films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Where the Wild Things Are (2009), David O. Russell’s Three Kings (1999), Lisa Cholodenko’s Olive Kitteridge (2014), and Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa (2015).