Since its release on Christmas Day of 2020, the newest Pixar animated film Soul has received high acclaim almost universally. This praise quickly translated into a slew of award nominations for the film, including multiple at the 78th Golden Globe Awards last night. Soul brought home the awards for both Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score.
The score for the film, which stars Jamie Foxx as the fictional jazz musician Joe Gardner, features work from renowned jazz pianist Jon Batiste, as well as compositions from Nine Inch Nails bandmates Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have taken kindly to Hollywood throughout the last decade, composing scores for a wide variety of critically acclaimed motion pictures. This year, they also worked on the score for David Fincher’s Mank, which received a nod for Best Original Score as well. Other competitors in the category included James Newton Howard for News of the World, Alexandre Desplat for The Midnight Sky, and Ludwig Göransson for Tenet.
Jon Batiste, whose day job is performing as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, released a collaboration album with guitarist Cory Wong last year entitled, Meditations. The project received a nomination for Best New Age Album at the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Trent Reznor accepted the award virtually last night on behalf of the trio of artists. In his acceptance speech, Reznor stated, “I think this is the first piece of art I’ve ever made in my life that I can actually show my kids.” Watch the trailer for Soul, which features excerpts from the score, below.