Trent Reznor Wins Academy Award For 'Social Network'

Trent Reznor won an Academy Award for Best Original Score on Sunday night for his work on the film "The Social Network."

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Trent Reznor won an Academy Award for Best Original Score on Sunday night for his work on the film "The Social Network."

The Oscar-winning score has received 9 major awards thus far, including a Golden Globe, and has been nominated for 6 others. Reznor personally describes the score's sound as being "electronic in basis, but mostly organic sounding. Lots of experiments and emphasis on sound fraying around the edges while focusing on the proper emotional tone for the various scenes."

Also receiving the award was co-composer and former Nine Inch Nails producer/musician Atticus Ross. Ross is currently working with Reznor in Trent's new band How to Destroy Angels, as well as continuing to write film scores.

Upon receiving the award, Reznor said: "When we finished work on The Social Network,' we were very proud of our work and happy to just be involved in this film, and to be standing up here in this company is humbling and flattering beyond words."

He went on to thank the film's director David Fincher for the opportunity to work on the film, and his wife for supporting him.

Reznor and Ross are currently working together on the score to the upcoming film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

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    d_byrne23
    ethansj1 wrote: Reznor does lame stuff sorryy. and the SN movie ripped off the facebook
    o rly?
    Lohnanmilitia
    Good for him. Even though he's usually a dick, him and Atticus made a good soundtrack. I do believe Hans Zimmer should have won as that soundtrack still gives me goosebumps its so amazing. Plus inception was a better movie. But congratulations to him nonetheless.
    ethansj1
    Reznor does lame stuff sorryy. and the SN movie ripped off the facebook
    mikitakas
    Im a fan of both Reznor and Zimmer work, but Zimmer work is kinda monotone within his own work, FYI that doesnt takes from him his great work. I think they gave Reznor the Oscar because he is relatively new.
    wangchowder86
    Have no desire to see the movie, but I am now interested in hearing it's music. Didn't even know Reznor had anything to do with it until I saw this article. Sure it's great. Still a fan of his work for Quake. From some of these posts I'm not sure if alot of people are aware of the fact that Trent Reznor has had his hand in soundtracks before this. Sure they didn't make it into the movies, but there was an attempt. Doesn't change him. He's a musician, it's what he does.
    Pr1cK
    I THINK THIS IS GREAT, AND HIS SPEECH WAS A NICE TOUCH. AND I'M YELLING OUT LOUD! \m/
    Firebreather01
    What I want to know is, is this the first time a Grammy winning musician has won an Oscar for a category that isn't "best original song for a film"? Social Network had a fantastic score. I know that for a fact because at times during the movie I found myself paying attention to the music instead of the plot. Way to go, Trent!
    SecondCivilWar
    halfj06 wrote: i personally thought the movie sucked, way too predictable, that has nothing to do with the soundtrack though.. go trent and atticus
    You're aware it was based on a true story, right? There's not much you can do in terms of how predictable history might be. As for Reznor's soundtrack, I thought it fit the mood of the movie very well, scene by scene. However, I don't think think whoever did the sound editing was partially deaf. I thought the music was incredibly loud through the whole thing.
    GlenMuse95
    Love you Trent, you ****ing genius. It might not be NIN but the soundtrack was fantastic and deservedly won.
    halfj06
    i said it was perdictable, sorry but i dont know the history of facebook.. dont exactly follow useless crap like that.. soon as the geeky kid talked to those frat boys i said.. of hes gonna steal the idea, get sued and get away with it.. the end
    biff022
    Someone said the movie was too predictable?!?!?!? AHAHAHAHAHAHA Hilarious! Of course it was! The events in the movie already happened! I guess you were shocked at the end of Titanic?!
    mark3777
    OpethIsGod wrote: Sorry even though I don't like them, Daft Punk should have easily won this award for tron. Out of these three films, Tron was the only one where I went; "I have to get this soundtrack!"
    Very true. Tron was sweet, and they made it better.
    ESPVpr104
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: not_dead_enough wrote: And this guy is supposed to be all anti-establishment and that... Who f*cking cares? Honestly, life is too short to be a prick about everything. Reznor knows this because he's grown up. He's officially a part of immediate film history. If his score stands the test of time, who knows. Maybe, maybe not. But the point is, he'll always be considered one of the best in his field and isn't that the point of your job? To do the best you can? Get over yourself.
    DUDE!!! You RULE!!!
    OpethIsGod
    Sorry even though I don't like them, Daft Punk should have easily won this award for tron. Out of these three films, Tron was the only one where I went; "I have to get this soundtrack!"
    Juanitoson
    PeenieMcGee303 wrote: not_dead_enough wrote: And this guy is supposed to be all anti-establishment and that... I met a boy wearing Vans, 501s, and a dope Beastie T, nipple rings, new tattoos that claimed that he was OGT, back from '92, the first EP. And in between sips of Coke, he told me that he thought we were sellin' out, layin' down, suckin' up, to the man...
    u forgot to add F*ck you buddy! F*ck you buddy! and so on. But I agree, he is a good artist and has not "sold out" in any sense.
    KyleKoester
    liam_gal wrote: i'm not that excited that he has won because that means he's going to do more soundtracks instead of records
    Not necessarily. His wife will keep him on How to Destroy Angels. "Trent, you help me with this song or no more playing 'Closer' in the bedroom."
    halfj06
    i personally thought the movie sucked, way too predictable, that has nothing to do with the soundtrack though.. go trent and atticus
    The Spoon
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: not_dead_enough wrote: And this guy is supposed to be all anti-establishment and that... Who f*cking cares? Honestly, life is too short to be a prick about everything.
    That is an amazing quote! Agreed 100% Congrats to Trent. I totally forgot he was part of TSN when they announced the winner for the best score and I didn't watch that part :/
    Slap-happy
    Reznor deserves his win and congratulations to him for doing so. It is in no way a reflection upon his stance within the music industry that means he is a sell out. He was nominated and he won simple. If he had recorded a Coca Cola ad, wrote the music for going into and out of the ad breaks during the ceremony and turned up wearing a McDonalds t-shirt I might have a different opinion.
    ARM 7HE MASSES
    shwilly wrote: leohimself wrote: Inception soundtrack was way betterWut, you mean this?? inception.davepedu.com Really cool movie, but the bits with his wife and some of the dialogue were kinda lame. Kinda shows how there's a difference between a complicated plot and a truly captivating storyline. If it wasn't for the Matrix coming out 11 years ago I think we would've called it a surrealistic masterpiece Don't get me wrong tho, the soundtrack was great > I'm just hoping you guys are't just saying that because you're still caught up in the annoying hype that surrounded this movie but because you truly appreciated the score. It feels as as if, ever since Dark Knight (or more specifically: since Heath Ledger passed), there's been this fanboy army that's been getting behind Christopher Nolan like he's Scorsese, Hitchcock and Coppola combined... which is ok with me, but just because these guys weren't around to see Tim Burton's 2 Batmans when they first came out doesn't mean that they were utter sh*te: that main theme by Danny Elfman is still one of my favourite movie scores ever
    Christopher Nolan deserves his recognition and fanbase, don't just look at his Batman films though. Memento, The Prestige, Inception, all great original films and enjoyable, intelligent ones too. I do believe that Zimmer should have won, his soundtrack had a lot of emotion and depth to it, especially if you listen to it without the film in mind. Don't get me wrong though, I've been listening to NIN for a decade and I am glad Trent got the award, I just preferred Zimmer's.
    Wing00
    XtractionProces wrote: What do you want him to do? NOT accept an award?
    That would be hilarious.
    whiteandblack
    Wing00 wrote: XtractionProces wrote: What do you want him to do? NOT accept an award? That would be hilarious.
    Marlon Brando refused his Oscar for The Godfather.
    John37fold
    kgesme21 wrote: ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin BWAAHHMMMM!!! But really, SN>Inception for score anyday of the week. Trent deserved this.
    i forgot i was reading comments for social network.. i read this as "Sports nation > Inception for score anyday..." woopsie
    Amuro Jay
    checked Inception soundtrack is powerful stuff, but I haven't heard this soundtrack yet.
    Ali-b912
    TOOLeffingTOOL wrote: I know the majority of people on here are metal fans, but I loved Daft Punk's soundtrack for Tron. Why was it not even nominated?
    I agree. I'd have said either Tron or TSN should have got it.
    liam_gal
    RC52190 wrote: TOOLeffingTOOL wrote: EssentialZero wrote: Imagine how weird it would have been to say, back in the 90s: "hey, this Reznor guy, he's gonna win an Oscar someday" haha yes! I know the majority of people on here are metal fans, but I loved Daft Punk's soundtrack for Tron. Why was it not even nominated? I think it just wasn't a big enough (in box office terms) movie in comparison to the competition.
    box office has nothing to do with getting a nomination. And besides Tron was one of the biggest movie of the year!!! I think it wasn't eligible because it was released to late into the year
    gapazian
    GenerationKILL wrote: The amount of attention The Social Network has gotten is pretty retarded in my opinion. That movie won't stand the test of time as well as The Fighter, or Inception in my opinion,
    quite possibly not. you hear anybody talking about slumdog millionaire these days? though i think the social network has a pretty good chance of 'staying alive' since it reflects our generation and the phenomenon of facebook.
    RC52190 wrote: ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin With all-due respect, shut the **** up.
    really, why? opinions aren't allowed anymore nowadays? hans zimmer is one of the greatest and most talented film composers of all time and his work for inception was nothing but absolutely stunning. i would have also given him the oscar over reznor and ross.
    D. Hero
    Congrats to Trent and Ross for their win. I was hoping they'd get it and they did. Great piece of work on the film, they deserve it.
    RC52190
    TOOLeffingTOOL wrote: EssentialZero wrote: Imagine how weird it would have been to say, back in the 90s: "hey, this Reznor guy, he's gonna win an Oscar someday" haha yes! I know the majority of people on here are metal fans, but I loved Daft Punk's soundtrack for Tron. Why was it not even nominated?
    I think it just wasn't a big enough (in box office terms) movie in comparison to the competition.
    RC52190
    ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin
    With all-due respect, shut the **** up.
    Koethe
    People keep saying that its not meant to be listened to on its own and its more designed to enhance the film... doesn't that just make it sound effects? Same as gunshots or punch sounds in a bond flick? Wouldn't a good score bring about the feeling its supposed to in OR out of the film? To the point where you cant feel where film ends and song begins. Thats what a real best soundtrack should be.
    GenerationKILL
    Its beyond me how "trent n palls electro film score fun time" won out over Zimmer's Work. Then again we live in a nation of Biber and Glee fans.
    Its beyond me how "Goodfellas," "Gangs Of New York," "The Dark Knight" or even "Saving Private Ryan" Never won best picture either. Look up who won instead for the years all these movies came out, it'll blow your mind... The Oscars aren't about whats widely excepted as genius film making... It took Martin Scorsese, whos probably the greatest film maker of the past 30-40 years NEARLY that long to finally win "best picture" (for the departed, obviously...) The amount of attention The Social Network has gotten is pretty retarded in my opinion. That movie won't stand the test of time as well as The Fighter, or Inception in my opinion,
    GenerationKILL
    GREENWARRI0R wrote: ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin wrong. Social Network's soundtrack did what Inception's did not, and that was evoke the perfect emotions from the audience. SN's soundtrack is, in my book, one of the few soundtracks that hits hard both with and without the film. also, Tron's soundtrack blew.
    wrong. As a stand alone piece the Inception soundtrack was also a very emotional piece of work, and I got chills listening to certain parts in the theatre and on my ipod. They gave Trent Reznor the Oscar simply to add more fuel to a fire. Hes the first musician to win one for composing since 1987 by Peter Gabriel for the Last Emperor, they gave it to him merely to break the longevity of a musician doing so. Trent Reznor may be good, but hes DEFINETELY no Hans Zimmer. A composer whos written more iconic music than he has.
    RedSunn
    I may be alone in saying this, but I don't remember the SN score "evoking" any emotions in me... I honestly can't recall a single song from it. The Inception score really moved me and created the perfect amount of tension at just the right moments... I am glad that Reznor has finally been recognized outside of his more singular music stream, but in terms of appropriate music scores for movies, I would have definitely given it to Hans Zimmer.
    Pukka-VCU
    wangchowder86 wrote: Have no desire to see the movie, but I am now interested in hearing it's music. Didn't even know Reznor had anything to do with it until I saw this article. Sure it's great. Still a fan of his work for Quake. From some of these posts I'm not sure if alot of people are aware of the fact that Trent Reznor has had his hand in soundtracks before this. Sure they didn't make it into the movies, but there was an attempt.
    I'd call Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway movies, but maybe that's just me...
    Koethe
    GREENWARRI0R wrote: ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin wrong. Social Network's soundtrack did what Inception's did not, and that was evoke the perfect emotions from the audience. SN's soundtrack is, in my book, one of the few soundtracks that hits hard both with and without the film. also, Tron's soundtrack blew.
    Guess we disagree, the song "Time" by Zimmer used in Inception is in my opinion one of the greatest film scores ever. The score to SN really... was just there to me. I enjoyed the use of "Creep" in one of the previews, but honestly the music in the film itself was just.. average. Sounds a lot like some of the royalty free stuff you'd find floating around the net for free use. Its beyond me how "trent n palls electro film score fun time" won out over Zimmer's Work. Then again we live in a nation of Biber and Glee fans.
    guitarman052
    shwilly wrote: leohimself wrote: Inception soundtrack was way better Wut, you mean this?? inception.davepedu.com Really cool movie, but the bits with his wife and some of the dialogue were kinda lame. Kinda shows how there's a difference between a complicated plot and a truly captivating storyline. If it wasn't for the Matrix coming out 11 years ago I think we would've called it a surrealistic masterpiece Don't get me wrong tho, the soundtrack was great > I'm just hoping you guys are't just saying that because you're still caught up in the annoying hype that surrounded this movie but because you truly appreciated the score. It feels as as if, ever since Dark Knight (or more specifically: since Heath Ledger passed), there's been this fanboy army that's been getting behind Christopher Nolan like he's Scorsese, Hitchcock and Coppola combined... which is ok with me, but just because these guys weren't around to see Tim Burton's 2 Batmans when they first came out doesn't mean that they were utter sh*te: that main theme by Danny Elfman is still one of my favourite movie scores ever
    I liked Danny Elfman's score for the movies, but the only live action Batman films I've liked are the ones Nolan did. Mostly, because Batman/Bruce didn't kill, which is how it awlays has been! BB because it captured what the other ones haven't. TDK because of most of the cast! Except Bale. His voice was horrible! The downside was they killed Two-Face off! You can't just do that. The only pesron who has portrayed The Joker better than Heath is Mark Hamill. I just hope that Bale gets his BB voice back & TDKR it's as good, if not better than the first two! Anyway, getting back to soundtracks, SN was good, but to me, it didn't really capture the mood like Inception did.
    rockingrugger
    Hey Trent, Ima let you finish, but INCEPTION HAD THE BEST SOUNDTRACK OF ALL TIME!! *(Well actually, Lord of the Rings did )
    yaronbeery
    the guy wrote an amazing score and should be recognized. the music in this film sets the mood and pace of every shot, and reznor is a great composer to begin with so good for him.
    GodzillaDeth
    ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin
    yeah definitely, it was more powerful
    GREENWARRI0R
    ShakeMe90 wrote: Inception should have won this, just sayin
    wrong. Social Network's soundtrack did what Inception's did not, and that was evoke the perfect emotions from the audience. SN's soundtrack is, in my book, one of the few soundtracks that hits hard both with and without the film. also, Tron's soundtrack blew.
    gapazian
    after seeing 127 hours i would have given this to a.r. rahman. his music was right on to what was happening on-screen.