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Are 2021 Golden Globe Music Winners Sure Bets for Oscars?

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Jon Batiste attends the 2019 Museum Of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute To Laura Dern at Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 12, 2019 in New York.

As expected, Diane Warren and the team of Trent Reznor. Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste won Golden Globes in the music categories.

As expected, Diane Warren and the team of Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste won Golden Globes for best original song and best original score, respectively, on Sunday (Feb. 28). That makes them front-runners to win Oscars in those categories, but it’s not a done deal.

Seven of the last 10 Globe winners (prior to this year) in each of these categories went on to win the Oscar. So Sunday night's winners should feel confident, but it might be good not to get too confident.

Warren won best original song for "Io sì (Seen),” which she co-wrote with Niccolò Agliardi and Laura Pausini for The Life Ahead. Reznor, Ross and Batiste won best original score for the Disney/Pixar film Soul.

These were the second Globe wins for both Warren and Reznor & Ross (but not Batiste, a first-time Globe nominee and winner). Interestingly, they won their first Globes at the same time, 10 years ago. (The ceremony was held Jan. 16, 2011.)

Warren won that year for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque. Reznor and Ross won for The Social Network, which went on to win the Oscar. Warren’s song wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar, which is odd because she has amassed so many Oscar nominations -- 11, with a 12th likely when this year’s nominations are announced on March 15.

“Io sì (Seen),” which is heard in Italian in The Life Ahead, is the first song performed in a language other than English to win the Globe.

Warren is the third female songwriter to win two Golden Globes for best original song, following Marilyn Bergman (“The Windmills of Your Mind” and “The Way We Were”) and Carole Bayer Sager (“Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” and “The Prayer”).

The Globe win for Reznor, Ross and Batiste marks just the second time in Globe history that the score award was shared by three composers. This first happened 33 years ago when David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su shared the award for The Last Emperor. (That score went on to win the Oscar.)

Reznor and Ross are the first composing pair to win two Globes for score, with or without a third partner on one of the scores.

Soul also won for best animated feature film. It is only the second film to win Globes in both of these categories (score and animated feature film). The first was Up 11 years ago. Michael Giacchino scored that film. Up went on to win Oscars in both of these categories.

The Golden Globes are produced by Dick Clark Productions, a division of MRC, which is a co-owner of Billboard through a joint venture with Penske Media titled P-MRC.

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