Trent Reznor reacts to Best Score nomination for 'The Social Network'

Trent-ReznorImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesNine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is giving himself props for his Best Score nomination for The Social Network, as much as it strains him to do so. “It’s not in my nature to sit back and pat myself on the back, but I’m making myself pause and actually enjoy the moment and say, you know, I really think we did good work on this,” the musician, who is nominated alongside Atticus Ross, tells EW. “And it feels nice to see it be appreciated by an institution that knows what it’s talking about. It feels nice, it really does.”

Yet Reznor hardly expected to be pick up an Oscar nomination at any point during his career. “[It] never crossed my mind,” he says. “I may have had a fantasy of directing somebody. But I don’t think it ever came to the point of thinking anyone would like what I’m doing.”

Obviously, they did — and now the Golden Globe-winning musician, who has spent most of his career as a Hollywood outsider, is suddenly enjoying being on the inside. “At this point in my life, and I guess my maturity level, it doesn’t feel odd,” he says. “What I think is monumental about this is, this isn’t a traditional score. And the movie doesn’t feel like a traditional Oscar candidate film. It’s very contemporary and the score doesn’t behave like normal scores do. This wasn’t like, let’s make something and cater it for awards season. In all honestly, if you’d have told me a year ago [that I’d be nominated], I would never have believed you. We didn’t go into it with that mindset at all.”

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  • alex

    love him.. LOOVEEE.

    • darclyte

      Academy Award Winner Trent Reznor just sounds wrong, but to paraphrase the old song…”If winning the award is wrong, I don’t want it to be right.” Good luck Trent, here’s hoping that you add an Oscar to your trophy case!

  • Jay

    Yeah, if I was gay… I’d do Trent

  • Will

    I want this score to win! So haunting and fascinating

    • Sue1

      Agree. One of the few scores I can actually listen to.

  • Jose

    Why did he cut his hair?

    • cr

      His hair’s been cut short for quite awhile.

      • Jose

        I didn’t even notice until the globes.

  • Monty

    So, hypothetically saying he wins the Oscar, how close is he to his E.G.O.T? I think Trent may need to do a Broadway musicial (unless NIN never got a grammy…)

    • Maxie

      Monty, there actually was talk of Fincher, Reznor and Palahniuk doing a Broadway version of Fight Club some time back. Never say never.

      • Lara

        Wow that would be amazing!!!!

    • Chad

      In terms of him potentially pulling off the elusive E.G.O.T. someday, perhaps he can somehow snag himself an Emmy if/when his long-rumored screen adaptation of his album “Year Zero” finally airs on HBO.

      • Alison

        Hell yes, Chad. I feel that HBO Year Zero project will offically get greenlit when he’s holding that lil gold man in his hands. After 19 years of being a die-hard NIN fan – it’s thrilling to see the rest of the world notice him-not just us devoted fans.

      • Chad

        I’m totally with you on all accounts, Alison. Been a very hard-core NIN fan for over 19 years myself. First heard them at Lalapallooza I in 1991 and was instantly hooked. Saw them quite a few times between then and 2009, when he (supposedly) concluded his days of performing live as Nine Inch Nails (hope he changes his mind on that someday soon). He/they were fantastic every time I was privileged to see them live. I say without hesitation that Trent is one of my favorite creative personalities in any medium, and he’s without question my favorite musician. Would love to see all this movie awards season love translate into a quick greenlight and accelerated production schedule for Year Zero on HBO.

  • Maxie

    OH, and NIN has grammies.

    • Rich

      I know he won for “Wish” years ago.

      AND… thanks to Wikipedia… a live (?) version of “Happiness In Slavery” from Woodstock ’94 (?!?) won Best Metal Performance in 1995.

      While Downward Spiral, Fragile, and “Hurt” were all nominated but never won. Peculiar folks, those Grammy voters.

      • Rich

        @Chad… Sorry, didn’t see your post below.

  • Dana

    this is so cool now if he scores the musical version of Fight Club and some TV movie he will be an EGOT (obviously I think he’ll win the oscar)

  • Chad

    I believe NIN won grammies in the early ’90’s for “Wish” (from the ep “Broken”) and for a live performance of “Happiness in Slavery” (also from “Broken”) at Woodstock ’94. He should have won more Grammies for the albums like “The Downward Spiral,” “The Fragile,” and “Year Zero,” but I believe those are the only two he’s won, at least using the NIN moniker. (Although if I’m wrong, I’m sure someone will point that out in duly antagonistic and humiliating fashion.)

  • Chad

    BTW, I’m totally pulling for Trent to take home the Oscar. I love to see creative risk-takers like him get rewarded (yes, I know this will be juicy blood-bait to all the NIN haters out there). Back in his days of willful marginalization, he claimed that he tossed his Grammies in a box and didn’t even know where they were. Glad to hear that he’s matured a bit, finally, and would actually appreciate winning the Oscar.

    • Jeremy DC

      I think he still hates the grammys. I guess he feels the Academy Awards are a big deal unlike grammys which I agree with.

  • Monty

    I would put the score for The Social Network 3rd this year, but the best of those nominated. Its too bad that Scott Pilgram vs the World and Kick-Ass were both DQ’ed. Inception was a close 4th.

  • Konn

    Go Trent!

  • Kate

    So excited, I hope he wins. This score was fantastic and I love Trent Reznor.

  • Alan of Montreal

    from Head Like a Hole to Oscar nominee…who’da thunk? He cleans up real good, too!

  • Mia

    LOVE Trent, but it’s hard for me to see him, even after all these years, with him in his suit and short hair and maturity and not think of him hanging from the ceiling, all in leather, singing “I wanna f*ck you like an animal”

    • tamuchi

      exactly! “Closer” was going through my head as I watched Trent meander through the Golden Globes crowd to accept his award…a little surreal. first saw NIN in 1990 (opened for Peter Murphy *swoon*) and Trent’s been in my pantheon of music gods ever since Pretty Hate Machine. love, love, love him and he deserves this (even if it does feels a little in the mainstream).

  • harry

    King Trent!!!

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