Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won the Oscar for best original score for their work on the hit Pixar film Soul.

It’s the first Academy Award for Batiste, whose original compositions helped bring to life the film’s main character, a high-school music teacher who still dreams of being a professional jazz musician.

With his victory, Batiste became only the second Black composer to win the Oscar for best original score in the award’s 86-year history. The first was Herbie Hancock for 1986’s Round Midnight.

“God gave us 12 notes,” Batiste said during his acceptance speech. “It’s the same 12 notes Duke Ellington had, Bach had, Nina Simone … Every gift is special. Every contribution with music that comes from the divine, into the instruments, into the film, into the minds and hearts and souls of every person who hears it. The stories that happen when you listen to it and watch it, the stories you share, the moments you create, the memories you make — man, it’s just so incredibly special.”