We are deep into Oscars territory by now, folks, and while it’s a period that often comes with some truly, truly dumb controversy, it’s also a time for celebrating the pure joy that is film. Case in point: A fantastic new “For Your Consideration” video released by Marvel taking a behind-the-scenes look at Black Panther‘s score, which has been nominated alongside If Beale Street Could Talk, BlackKklansman, Isle of Dogs, and Mary Poppins Returns.
“When you find someone who gets you as an artist, that’s something you want to hold on to,” director Ryan Coogler says in the video. “This film, I couldn’t see anyone else doing it but Ludwig.”
And truly, it is great to see the care composer Ludwig Göransson took in crafting Black Panther‘s music. The film’s heavily Africa-influenced score plays huge on-screen, but it’s also the most distinctive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the moment those drums cut into Avengers: Infinity War is one of the hypest “oh, here we go” moments of 2018. So it’s downright fascinating to see those massive, instantly recognizable sounds being recorded in a tiny West African studio with artist Baaba Maal. It’s just a sense of authenticity, more than anything, that permeates not just the music but the entire movie.
“The instruments are more than just music,” Coogler says. “They’re a way of life, a way of communication…passed down through generations and that had a profound effect on our movie. It was something we tried to keep in mind, paying homage to human history.”
Check out the video below. The 91st Academy Awards take place on Sunday, February 24. Black Panther was also nominated for Best Sound Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and Best Picture.
Go behind-the-scenes with Marvel Studios’ #BlackPanther director Ryan Coogler and composer @LudwigGoransson as they talk about the creative process involved in scoring the film. pic.twitter.com/llpkYVa35B
— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) February 16, 2019