Reznor director told him: ‘You’ll never win Oscar’
Trent Reznor was told he deserved an Oscar for his work on the 2010 movie The Social Network – but he’d never get one.
So being nominated and then receiving the Academy award for Best Original Soundtrack was an experience that blew the Nine Inch Nails mainman’s mind.
Director David Fincher persuaded Reznor and creative partner Atticus Ross to write music for the low-budget production, which went on to win three Oscars including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Reznor tells Studio Q: “David came to me and said, ‘I think you guys deserve an Oscar for the score. It’s made the picture substantially better. But you won’t win it – it’s an old boys’ club.’
“Weird momentum picks up around any award campaign. And there is a campaign – it’s not just people picking the best films; there’s mechanics and politics behind it. When the momentum picked up and we ended up winning, it was beyond what we considered. It never occurred to me that it could happen. We thought we were working on a film for a friend that would be cool.”
He describes the entire experience as “flattering,” and explains: “It was mind-blowing. And why it feels particularly good is I did it on my terms. I don’t believe I bent to the mainstream to do something that was insincere, to cater to some prize I was trying to win.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s going to concentrate on movie work from now on. “I’d rather cherry pick,” he says. “It’s reignited by interest in other things.”
In the video interview Reznor – who recently announced the return of Nine Inch Nails – also discusses new band How To Destroy Angels, and how he’d like his career to be seen. He says: “I would love to be, some day, mentioned in the same breath as a Bowie or an Eno. Those are people I admire – the trajectory, the integrity, the bravery of their career. I aspire to be something like that. I’d rather be lumped in that category than the lucky guy who had a silly single with a bad word in it 20 years ago.”