Today, Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross co-composer, won an Oscar for best original score for their work on the films of David Fincher's Social Network (you'll recall, won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score - Motion Picture, just last month). "Wow, this really happening?" Reznor approve the speech. It 'really.
While the Nine Inch Nails frontman and his British composing partner each expressed disbelief over their winning best original score Oscar for their synthy, non-orchestral soundtrack to The Social Network, Reznor revealed a surprising anecdote about his road to Oscar glory.
“[Inception] composer, Hans Zimmer, who I’ve been battling at awards shows all year, told me, ‘In a lot of ways, I hope you win because it’s helped open up the field a bit for texture of what film scores can be,’ ” Reznor told reporters backstage. “I am truly stunned by this. David [Fincher] bugged us to do it. I’m very glad we did. It’s been the best experience I’ve ever had from start to finish.”
Reznor, who had "Nine Inch Nails put on hold when Fincher came up to the mark of the network (both were already established in the 1995 title sequence terrifying Fincher film Seven) admitted that the film has never ended been in their plans.
"Thankfully David had a very clear idea of what he wanted,” said Reznor. “The only immediate direction he gave us was that there be no orchestra, be similar to Bladerunner -- inhabit the same iconic quality -- but not sound dated. It was definitely difficult to score for a bunch of people talking in rooms. There were no landscapes, or battles scenes. It wasn’t obvious to us what shape it would have."
For his part, Ross said he "was shocked" by every bit of recognition of the couple had won the award all season, and when those two got an Oscar nomination, he believes that their modifications Academy Award. "This morning I thought, 'Wow, this is reality." I came with no expectations. It was incredible. "
It's a long way since the day of the first court musicians seen Fincher's movie. "We've seen 45 minutes and had a dialogue rather than in the last 10 movies I had seen them together. It was a quiet trip home cars," said Ross.
The next step for the composers of an Oscar? They are currently scoring Fincher's next film, The Girl with the dragon tattoo.