‘Speak Now’ Wins Critics Choice Award for Best Song, Muddying the Oscar Race

Soul won the Critics Choice Award for best score. It also won the Golden Globe and the Society of Composers & Lyricists Award for outstanding original score for a studio film. In contrast to the wide-open race for best original song at the Oscars, Soul appears to be a solid front-runner for best original score.  Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15. The awards will be presented on April 25.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste collaborated on the Soul score. This marks the first time a film scored by three composers has won in this category at the Critics Choice Awards.

Batiste is the first Black composer to win in the category, which was first presented in 1998.

The award marks Reznor and Ross’ second win the category. They first won a decade ago for The Social Network. Just three other composers –and no composing teams — have won multiple times in this category. John Williams leads with four wins, followed by Howard Shore with three and Justin Hurwitz also with two.

In the last 10 years, the winner of the Critics Choice Award for best score has gone on to win the Oscar seven times. In the same time frame, the Critics Choice winner for best song has gone on to win the Oscar six times.

Zendaya received the #SeeHer award. She was also a nominee for best actress for Malcolm & Marie, but lost to Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman.  Zendaya has achieved her greatest success in film and TV, but she has also had recording success. Her 2013 debut album, Zendaya, reached No. 51 on the Billboard 200. She was featured on three tracks on The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which logged two weeks at No. 1 in January 2018. The album won a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media.

Hamilton (Disney +) won best movie made for television. The Broadway musical won a near-record 11 Tony Awards. The cast album won a Grammy for best musical theater album. Hamilton, of course, features Odom in his Tony-winning performance as Aaron Burr.

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix) tied for best comedy special with Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix). Seinfeld’s 23 Hours to Kill is nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album.