Ludwig Goransson won the Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on “Black Panther” at the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The honor marks Goransson’s first Oscar win and one of three total wins for the critically-acclaimed Marvel Studios film.
The Swedish native composer and producer notably beat out fellow Oscar nominees Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansman”), Nicholas Britell (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs”), and Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns”) for the award.
Some of Goransson’s other film score credits include “Creed,” “Creed II,” and “Venom.” He recently won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, as well as earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score for "Black Panther."
Goransson has also worked extensively with Childish Gambino as a producer which earned him two more Grammy Awards this year for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “This is America.”
He thanked “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler in his acceptance speech saying, “Working with you has been an incredible honor. I remember 12 years ago we were sitting in our dorm room at UC writing the score for your first film, and we’re here 12 years later celebrating one of the most important cinematic moments in history.”
Per Deadline, the acclaimed composer went on a life-changing trip to Africa to immerse himself in the culture and music before scoring the film. The captivating end result was inspired by his trip.
Watch Lugwig Goransson’s entire 2019 Oscars acceptance speech above.
“Black Panther” also made history by becoming the first superhero film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Crew members Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler made history again by becoming the first African American women to ever win Oscar awards for Costume Design and Production Design.
In her moving and heartfelt acceptance speech, Carter thanked acclaimed director Spike Lee for giving her a start. Lee (who won Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman” later in the evening) responded by standing up and cheering her on.
Carter added, “Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king. It's been my life's honor to create costumes." She also thanked the Academy “for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead onscreen.”
Watch Ruth E. Carter’s entire Oscars acceptance speech below.