Ludwig Göransson Wins Best Original Score at 2024 Oscars for ‘Oppenheimer’

Ludwig Göransson took home the prize for best original score at the 2024 Oscars on Sunday night (March 10) for Oppenheimer, marking his second win from three Academy Awards nominations.

In his sweet acceptance speech, Göransson thanked director Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas “for inviting me in this incredible world.”

“Christopher Nolan: It was your idea to use a violin in the score, and it allowed me to work and collaborate with my wonderful wife and acclaimed violinist Serena Göransson,” the composer said to applause from the crowd. “We were recording at night and we were rushing home to put our kids, Apollo and Romeo, down to bed, and the result of that was amazing and it set a really nice tone for the film.

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Göransson ended his speech by pointing to the balcony and sending a shout-out to his mother and father. “To my parents up there: Thank you for giving me guitars and drum machines instead of video games.”

The four-time Grammy winner and now two-time Oscar winner previously won an Academy Award for his Black Panther score. He also co-wrote and co-produced Childish Gambino’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song “This Is America” in 2018.

The Swedish composer also took home the original score prize in January for Oppenheimer at the 2024 Golden Globes.

Göransson’s Oppenheimer score was up against Laura Karpman (American Fiction), John Williams (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny), Jerskin Fendrix (Poor Things) and the late Robbie Robertson (Killers of the Flower Moon) in the achievement in music written for motion pictures (original score) category on Sunday night.