Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste win Best Original Score Oscar for 'Soul', fans hail 'biggest slam dunk'

In the winning speech, Jon Batiste said, 'what's deep is that God gave us 12 notes. It's the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, Bach had, Nina Simone'


                            Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste win Best Original Score Oscar for 'Soul', fans hail 'biggest slam dunk'
(L-R) Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after winning Oscar for Best Original Score for 'Soul' (Getty Images)

After winning Best Animated Feature Film, 'Soul' bagged yet another Oscar. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste won the Best Original Score at the 93rd Academy Awards for 'Soul.' The three have already won the Golden Globe for the Soundtrack for 'Soul'.

Oscars 2021 has already given us some major record-making moments. From Chloe Zhao becoming the FIRST Asian woman to win Best Director for 'Nomadland' to Youn Yuh-jung being the first Korean actress to win 'Best Supporting Actress Award', the 93rd Academy Awards is going to be the one for history books.

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(L-R) Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross, winners of Best Original Score for 'Soul', pose in the press room during the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles (Getty Images)

'Soul' wins the Best Original Score

Nominations for Best Original Score had some of the most incredible original scores made this year and the list included ‘Soul’, ‘Da 5 Bloods’, ‘Mank’, ‘Minari’ and ‘News of the World’. But 'Soul' clearly was a front runner with a Golden Globe win already in the play. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails had also won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for ‘The Social Network’. 

Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor attend the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

The making process of Soul's original score

In an interview with Heroic Hollywood, Reznor and Ross spoke about the making process of the 'Soul' score in depth where Reznor said, “our first step is always to listen and really try to understand where the filmmakers are coming from: What they’re seeing, what they’re imagining.”He added, “We spent a lot of time discussing how you’re supposed to feel when you’re first exposed to the 'Soul' world. Then we went back to our studio, which is filled with a variety of real, imagined and synthetic instruments, and spent the first chunk of time experimenting with different arrangements and different instruments and seeing what felt emotionally right to create the fabric of this world.”

(L-R) Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross (Getty Images)

'God gave us 12 notes'

In the winning speech, Jon Batiste, the acclaimed band leader of Stay Human, said: "What's deep is that God gave us 12 notes. It's the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, Bach had, Nina Simone," he says while accepting the Oscar for the best original score with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Social media users celebrated the win where a user wrote, "I love that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have their second Oscar. I liked the jazz in Soul from John Baptiste, but I loved the electronica in the soul world…incredible. A great companion score with their other win for The Social Network (my favorite score ever) #oscars" while another viewer added, "every Oscar that Trent Reznor gets is also a win in my book plus Soul should win everything music related!" Another viewer commented, "Congratulations to Best Score winners Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste for Soul! Trent Reznor is like the new go-to score guy. He writes such interesting music. #Oscars2021".

A user said "Amazing watching @trent_reznor evolution through the years. Congrats!" and another added, "He's always been a musical genius." Another said: "Delighted to see Jon Batiste win #Oscars gold for Best Original Score for "Soul," a prize shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Batiste is such a positive presence, both at #Oscars2021 and as bandleader for Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show"."

"Soul winning Best Score was always going to be one of the night's biggest slam-dunks — it's two fantastic scores in one movie, and both are gorgeous and extremely effective in creating a sense of place. #Oscars".



 



 



 

 



 

 



 



 

The official Academy Awards preshow, ‘Oscars: Into the Spotlight’ began airing on ABC at 6:30 pm ET. With Ariana DeBose and Lil Rel Howery as hosts, it offered a behind-the-scenes look at the big night with red carpet coverage and interviews. The main ceremony started at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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