Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won a BAFTA Award for best original score for Soul on Sunday (April 11). The awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, were broadcast on the BBC.
This is the first BAFTA win for all three composers. Reznor and Ross weren’t even nominated for a BAFTA for The Social Network, the 2010 film for which they won an Oscar. They were BAFTA-nominated for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (which, surprisingly, failed to land an Oscar nod).
Ross was born in England. Reznor and Batiste are both Americans. This is the first collaboration by English and American composers to win a BAFTA.
Soul is the third three-way collaboration to win a BAFTA. It follows Romeo + Juliet (1997/Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries) and A Star Is Born (2018/Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Lukas Nelson). Neither of those song scores were eligible for Oscars.
Soul also won the BAFTA for animated film. It is the first film to win BAFTA awards both for score and animated film since Up 11 years ago. Pete Docter directed both of these films. Michael Giacchino scored Up.
Soul is also nominated for an Oscar for best original score. The 93rd annual Academy Awards will be presented on April 25.
The BAFTA and Oscar slates of nominated scores were nearly the same this year. Both fields included, in addition to Soul, Mank (also by Reznor and Ross), Minari (Emile Mosseri) and News of the World (James Newton Howard). Promising Young Woman (Anthony Williams) rounded out the BAFTA field. Da 5 Bloods (Terence Blanchard) rounded out the Oscar field.
Soul is vying to become the 21st score to win both a BAFTA and an Oscar. The BAFTAs added a score category in 1968 – 34 years after the Oscars added one.
The number of scores that have won both awards has increased in recent years. Seven films from the 2010s won both awards, as many as in the two previous decades combined. Just one score from the 1980s won both awards. This uptick may in part reflect the Oscars’ recent move to become more global in scope; and specifically to add more internationally-based members.
John Williams scored four of these dual Oscar/Brit winners. Alexandre Desplat scored two.
Here is a complete list of the 20 scores that have won both awards. The years shown are the Oscar years of record.
1968: The Lion in Winter, John Barry
1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Burt Bacharach
1971: Summer of ’42: Michel Legrand
1975: Jaws, John Williams (this won the BAFTA in tandem with another Williams score, The Towering Inferno, which was Oscar-nominated the previous year).
1977: Star Wars, Williams
1982: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Williams
1993: Schindler’s List, Williams
1995: The Postman (Il Postino), Luis Enriquez Bacalov
1996: The English Patient, Gabriel Yared
2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tan Dun
2006: Babel, Gustavo Santolalla
2008: Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman
2009: Up, Michael Giacchino
2011: The Artist, Ludovic Bource
2013: Gravity, Steven Price
2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat
2015: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
2016: La La Land, Justin Hurwitz
2017: The Shape of Water, Desplat
2019: Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir