(l-r) Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross with their Oscar

Jon Batiste & Trent Reznor Win Oscar for “Soul”

By Etan Rosenbloom, Senior Director & Deputy Editor, Marketing & Communications  •  April 26, 2021

A big Hollywood “huzzah” to ASCAP Board member Jon Batiste and Trent Reznor for their Oscars victory! On Sunday, April 26, the two ASCAP composers and collaborator Atticus Ross picked up the Academy Award for Original Score, for their music to the thought-provoking Disney/Pixar film Soul. Soul was widely viewed as the frontrunner for this year’s Oscars, having earned trophies at the Annie Awards, BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes, NAACP Image Awards, SCL Awards and many more.


“You know what’s deep is God gave us 12 notes,” Batiste said in his acceptance speech. “It’s the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, that Bach had, Nina Simone, it’s the same 12! Every gift is special. Every contribution with music that comes from the divine into the instruments into the film, into the minds and hearts and souls of every person who hears it, the stories that happen when you listen to it and watch it and the stories you share, the moments you create, the memories you make…man, it’s just so incredibly special…I’m just thankful to God for those 12 notes. That’s so dope.”


This has been a phenomenal time for Batiste, a newly-minted ASCAP Board member. In addition to the continuous stream of Soul accolades, Batiste’s new album WE ARE, released in March, has received nigh-universal praise.


Reznor also had an incredible awards season. He was competing against himself in the Oscars’ Original Score category, with another nomination for his acclaimed jazz-inflected music for Mank.


This was Batiste’s first ever Oscar. Reznor already has one decorating his mantle, for his score to The Social Network.


Congrats, Messrs. Batiste and Reznor – we can’t wait to hear what’s next for the both of you.


Read our full list of Academy Awards nominees here.