Soul won his second Oscar win of the night for Original Score and Jon Batiste called out Duke Ellington, Bach and Nina Simone in a touching celebratory speech.
Batiste scored the Pixar feature film with Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
“You know what’s deep is that God gave us 12 notes, it’s the same 12 note that Duke Ellington had, that Bach had, Nina Simone,” he says. “I want to stress that every gift is special. Each contribution with the music that comes from the divine in the instruments of the film, in the mind, heart and soul of every person who hears it, the stories that occur as you listen and watch it and the stories that you share, the moments you make, the memories you make, man, it’s so incredibly special. It’s so incredibly special … we’re incredibly humble and grateful. I am thankful to God for these 12 notes. “
Batiste, who is the group leader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, becomes the third black winner of the original score category after Prince in 1985 for Purple rain and Herbie Hancock for Midnight round in 1987.
Soul, which previously won the Animation Feature category, beat Da 5 Bloods, Minari and World news as good as Mank, what Reznor and Ross scored.
In the modern age, where Score is condensed into one category, only Reznor and Ross have been nominated as a duo for two separate films, within a season. They just picked up an Emmy win for Watchmen and it’s been ten years since they won for David Fincher. The social network.