For all of you who did watch or didn’t, we want to talk about the amazing films that won Best Original Song, Best Original Score, and Best Sound on the 93rd ceremony of the Academy Awards. 

These categories’ nominees and winners stand out from the rest for their fine work on their song lyrics and music composition and for its perfectly cared sound effects and mixing respectively.

Hipertextual (February 2021).

Best Original Song – “Fight for You” (Judas and the Black Messiah)

After performing the song for the pre-show on a very 60’s vibe, H.E.R. took an Oscar for her amazing work for this song. The song had music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II and lyrics by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas.

H.E.R. talked about how important it is for creators in the industry to use their power. “Musicians and filmmakers, I believe we have the opportunity, to tell the truth, and write the history the way it was,” she said, “Knowledge is power, music is power and as long as I’m standing, I’m going to fight for us.”

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story about how Bill O’Neal, moved by the FBI, infiltrates the Black Panther Party and with troubled soul and intern conflicts betrays the president of the party, Fred Hampton.

Best Original Score – Soul

This amazing Disney’s motion picture won the award for Best Original Score. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste received this Academy Award. Reznor and Ross mentioned in an interview with Heroic Hollywood that the movie’s soundtrack is “not of this Earth”. 

“Our studio (…) is filled with a variety of real, imagined and synthetic instruments, and [we] 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” added Reznor.

Soul is about a New York pianist and teacher that finds himself caught in the middle of an unknown land between life and the afterlife, just before he is chosen to give the gig of his life. Directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, starring the voices of Jaime Foxx, Tina Fey, and Graham Norton.

Mew Magazine (December 2020)

Best Sound – Sound of Metal

This great film won the Oscar for Best Sound, a new category at the Oscars, combining Sound Mixing and Sound Editing. The award was received by Nicholas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Coutollenc, Carlos Cortes, and Philip Bladh. 

Becker expressed that the movie had careful and thoughtful work by all of the team. Receiving this award fills them with joy and gratefulness. “Sound of Metal received from its team so much care, love, and attention, (…) so much energy — we believe it is one of the reasons this film has been received so … beautifully. So, thank you for that.”

Sound of Metal tells the story of a heavy-metal drummer that suddenly starts to lose his hearing and changes his life completely. It was directed by Darius Marder and starring Riz Ahmed.

Who were the nominees? Below we leave the full list for each category.

Best Original Song

    • “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami. Music and lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth.
    • “Húsavík” from Eurovision Song Contest. Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson.
    • “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7. Music by Daniel Pemberton and lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite.
    • “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead. Music by Diane Warren and lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini.
    • “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah. Music by H.E.R. and D’Mile and lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas – Winner



Best Original Score

    • Minari, score by Emile Mosseri.
    • Da 5 Bloods, score by Terence Blanchard.
    • Soul, score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste – Winner
    • News of the World, score by James Newton Howard.
    • Mank, score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.



Best Sound

    • News of the World, score by Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett.
    • Greyhound, sound by Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders, and David Wyman.
    • Sound of Metal, score by Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, and Phillip Bladh – Winner
    • Soul, score by Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott, and David Parker.
    • Mank, sound by Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, and Drew Kunin.



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