At the 68th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 16 Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor took home a Golden Globe for his original score in The Social Network. And soon he might be adding an Academy Award to his shelf as well.
Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score on Jan. 25 and will be expected to attend the 83rd annual awards ceremony in Hollywood, CA on Feb 27.
He described the nomination to The Holywood Reporter as “completely surreal” and went on to say, “I’m just very proud to be involved with a film of this caliber and working with these people. We got so close to this film – I’ve seen it hundreds of times and I still really love it. I didn’t realize it would resonate with people as much as it has. It’s been amazing and flattering to see what’s happened.”
Reznor’s shock is accredited to the non-traditional approach he and Ross had taken in scoring the movie. The music was darkly flavored and he believed it would be rejected by director David Fincher.
“Atticus and I generated a bulk of music to send to David Fincher and we felt that 50 percent of it was too much because this isn’t a movie about the end of the world – it’s about nerds in rooms and betrayal and internal emotion. But we were surprised by what David responded to; we realized that he was willing to take chances and let the music play a pivotal role in the picture. When it was all finished I felt like we contributed a lot.”
Reznor is now preparing to score the soundtrack for an upcoming film adaptation of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, also being directed by David Finch. He plans to score the film in a more traditional way using strings instead of electronics.