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Trent Reznor Snags an Oscar

March 1, 2011

Glamorous awards shows aren’t exactly a prime setting for Trent Reznor.

The isolating personality of one of industrial rock and electronic music’s leading pioneers hasn’t necessarily been a cohesive element to the commercial, mainstream class of radio or god forbid, live television.

Reznor’s surprise move to compose the original score for one of 2010’s biggest movies, The Social Network, was such a subtle operation, many music fans were shocked to see the alien-like Reznor approach the stage to accept the award for Best Original Score last night.

Even the soundtrack itself was alienating. Rather than the traditional makeup of orchestral arrangements and emotionally-driven arrangements, Reznor and his composing partner Atticus Ross opted for an electronically-driven record; cold and calculating as the computer age.

The end product was a record that most Oscar traditionalists and elder movie composers would merely scratch their heads to, with as little to connect with other than Reznor’s occasional haunting, piano echoes.

The shock of the victory was no stranger to Reznor himself, who showed his gratitude via his Twitter account shortly afterward.

Trent Reznor stands alongside Atticus Ross as the duo accept their Oscars for "Best Original Score" for the Social Network.

The 45-year-old musician from Pennsylvania beat out such legendary composers as Hans Zimmer (Inception) and Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech).

For Nine Inch Nails fans, it has been quite a polarizing turn-of-events for their formidable leader.

While David Fincher’s The Social Network failed to take home the award for Best Motion Picture, the director has successfully landed Reznor for another role as lead composer to his films.

Reznor has agreed to write and record the soundtrack to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the popular book by Stieg Larsson. The film is expected to hit theaters December 2011.

This has been quite a year for popular alternative musicians turning to movie scores. French electronic duo Daft Punk were hired on by Disney to arrange the soundtrack to Tron Legacy, which ultimately won highly favorable reviews and for once, redirected audience attentions towards the selection of leading composers.

The Social Network soundtrack was originally released September 28, 2010, with a five-track sampler available for free download 11 days earlier. The Social Network score also earned Reznor and Ross a Golden Globe for Best Original–Motion Picture Score last month.

With all this hoopla now surrounding the music scores for such highly-publicized films, it has to raise the question…who’s next and what film?

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