“Completely surreal,” he says.
Trent Reznor, better known as the mastermind and sole-permanent member of Nine Inch Nails, is the composer of the musical score The Social Network, and now he is a front-runner to win the Oscar for Best Original Score. Who thought he’d win an Oscar? To me, this is the equivalent of Eminem winning an Oscar. You forgot about that, didn’t you? In 2003, he won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” which he wrote for his movie, 8 Mile.
So now the Nine Inch Nails front man is up for the award (along with his co-writer, Atticus Ross). He’s already won the Golden Globe, which means he is very close to getting that Academy Award. Says Reznor himself: “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 took an untraditional approach with his musical score, using techno beats and dramatic effects to produce a chilling soundtrack. I think its originality alone is what appeals to the voters of the Academy (because personally, I liked the other four nominees more, especially Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception, which pretty much made the entire film). Tune in on February 27th to see if Reznor scores the Oscar!