Like the lion’s share of 2021 televised award shows, the 93 Academy Awards took on a different look. But unlike other broadcasts of its kind, such as this year’s Golden Globes that were done virtually, last night’s three plus hour celebration was, in fact, conducted live at Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. With 200 nominees seated in front of a modest Art Deco stage and Questlove serving as the musical director behind the wheels of steel, this year’s musical category golden statues went to:

The Oscar for Best Music- Original Score in the 2021 Academy Awards goes to Pixar’s Soul, composed by Trent Reznor. The score includes 23 original pieces from Reznor. The pieces from Reznor embody deep New York Jazz and help bring the thrice Oscar nominated movie to life. The score includes features from Jon Batiste, Atticus Ross, Daveed Diggs, and Cody Chestnutt.

The Oscar for Best Music- Original Song in the 2021 Academy Awards goes to Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah; Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas. Judas and the Black Messiah, the six-time Oscar nominee explores the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960’s. Fight For You explores themes of funk and soul, both relevant in the relevant era of the film. 

The Oscar for Best Sound in the 2021 Academy Awards goes to Sound of Metal, composed by Nicolas Becker. The film has received praise from several outlets in its ability to truly portray the life of a deaf individual. When Becker was interviewed by the Washington Post in regards to the score he said that “the idea was to make it really, really naturalistic.” Many have described the score as a collection of “reverberations and distortions” and state that it is quite unique in that it really has no score.

In addition to the above celebrations, perhaps the biggest win during the entire Academy Awards was the moment former Oscar nominee, Glenn Close danced to “Da’ Butt”

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Author: Davidlohr Bueso