Reznor and (in a way) Marr up for Oscar

By | Published on Wednesday 26 January 2011

Trent Reznor

Having bagged a Golden Globe earlier this month, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ soundtrack to ‘The Social Network’ has now been nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Score. Also nominated is Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack to ‘Inception’, which features contributions from Johnny Marr. Elsewhere, Dido and Randy Newman are among the nominees for Best Original Song.

Discussing his nomination, Reznor told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday: “When we did this film, the concept of an Academy Award was not even in my sphere of imagination. Atticus and I generated a bulk of music to send to [director] David Fincher and we felt that 50% 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 realised 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. It’s not a traditional score, and I’m proud of that”.

The full musical Oscar noms are as follows:

Best Original Score:
John Powell – How to Train Your Dragon
Hans Zimmer – Inception
Alexandre Desplat – The King’s Speech
AR Rahman – 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network

Best Original Song:
Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey – Coming Home (from Country Strong)
Alan Menken and Glenn Slater – I See the Light (from Tangled)
AR Rahman feat Dido – If I Rise (from 127 Hours)
Randy Newman – We Belong Together (from Toy Story 3)