The combined trio of Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Score’ at the 93rd Academy Awards for their work on Soul.
The melodic score of Pixar’s Soul is the beating heart of the film itself, popping with breathtaking jazz improvisation throughout the film, whilst transitioning to experimental electronica as the story changes tone. Not only is the music the best part of the film, it may just be the best music of any Pixar film to date.
“God gave us 12 notes. It’s the same 12 notes Duke Ellington had, Bach had. It the same 12. Nina Simone. And all the nominees,” Batiste said in his speech.
Adding: “I’m just thankful to God for those 12 notes.”
There are few competitors that can really touch Soul’s sublime nature, especially when the film’s score is so central to the plot itself.
Soul managed to edge out stuff competition, beating Terence Blanchard of Da 5 Bloods, Emile Mosseri of Minari, James Newton Howard of News of the World and Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross who were also nominated for Mank.
The award arrives as the second victory for Soul.