We watched the Oscars last night. The final major award show of the season to suffer through even though the spectacle and un-expected is always great. People keep piling on that the audience for the award shows is crumbling and the shows are boring, no one seems willing to admit that perhaps the format itself has run the course. Do we really want to watch people congratulating themselves for four hours?
Nevertheless, Melissa McCarthy and her bunnies and Spike Lee as a Brooklyn's Violet Beauregarde owned the night.
As a music focused company, we scour the Grammy nominations looking for validations of our good taste in music as acts we select for the platform grow and are nominated recognition. We fully expect every season to see a roster of artists we love and follow nominated for Grammys. We really pay no attention to the music categories for the Oscars. Not meant to be a slight, just the focus is elsewhere on Best Picture and all the media fueled "Controversies."
So last night when Ludwig Göransson won the Oscar for Best Score for "Black Panther" it was a complete surprise.
For those of you who don't know who Ludwig Göransson is, he is the other half of Donald Glover's alter ego "Childish Gambino" having co-written, produced and performed on virtually all their work. He has also produced works with HAIM and Kanye West and was the composer of the music for the TV Series "Community." In addition to writing the score for Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther", he has scored his other works, both "Creed" films and "Fruitvale Station."
We caught this mild mannered, extremely talented Swede when we filmed Childish Gambino in September 2011.