Terence Blanchard. Photo by Lee Crum

Terence Blanchard earns Oscar nom for ‘BlacKKKlansman’ score

Today (January 22), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. Among them is trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, who composed the film score for Spike Lee’s BlacKKKlansman.

Blanchard’s work is nominated in the Music (Original Score) category. Fellow nominees are Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther; Nicholas Britell for If Beale Street Could Talk; Alexandre Desplat for Isle of Dogs; and Marc Shaiman for Mary Poppins Returns.

In September 2018, Blanchard appeared the debut episode of a new interview series called “Jazz Club” on TIDAL, where he sat with host Hans Schuman and discussed his partnership with Lee on the provocative BlacKKKlansman. Blanchard, who also penned the score for Lee’s 1991 film Jungle Fever and every film of his since, spoke with OffBeat last February about another remarkable composition of his: his first opera. A month before that, Blanchard was awarded a $50,000 fellowship from the Chicago-based philanthropic organization United States Artists.

The five-time GRAMMY-winning Blanchard has been nominated in the past for his work on the screen. In 1995, he earned an Emmy nom for Best Original Score for a TV Mini-Series, thanks to his work on The Promised Land.

The 91st Academy Awards air Sunday, February 24. Click here for a full list of nominees.