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Ludwig Goransson takes 2019 Oscar for 'Best Original Score'

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With his first time to the Oscars, Ludwig Goransson won for the stirring score he composed for the Marvel action hero movie Black Panther. On stage at the Oscars, the Swedish composer thanked the film's director Ryan Coogler, whom he roomed with while they were students at USC a dozen years ago. It was the third Oscar win of the night for the Marvel movie. He also thanked those with whom he worked closely to compose the score. "I want to share this award with all the incredible African artists that I worked with on the score, Baaba Maal, Massamba Diop and all the classical musicians in London that recorded on the score," he said onstage.

Goransson was up in a competitive category that included returning Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, who was up for his music for Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Desplat won in 2018 for The Shape of Water as well as  Terence Blanchard, who composed the score for Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman. Goransson also vied for the Best Original Score award with four-time nominee (in this category) Marc Shaiman, who composed Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, and Nicholas Britell, for the music he created for Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk. Brittell had been nominated once before, for Jenkins' previous film, 2016's Moonlight.