Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Says Double Oscar Nomination is ‘Incredibly Flattering’


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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross react to their double Oscar nomination

Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails band mate Atticus Ross are up for a double Oscar nomination for Best Original Score at the 2021 ceremony. It’s quite an honor and something Reznor doesn’t take lightly.

“It’s surreal and humbling and incredibly flattering — another thing that kind of doesn’t seem real in a year when everything starts to blur together,” Reznor told Billboard of the nominations. “But we’re very grateful.”

Reznor and Ross are nominated for their musical work on the Disney/Pixar film “Soul” and the David Fincher movie “Mank.” They already have an Oscar for their score of Fincher’s popular film, “The Social Network.”

When asked about the first time they scored an Oscar win, Renzor remembers “sweating profusely in those tiny seats in the theater wondering if our names are going be called.”

He added that he remembered thinking to himself, “‘Don’t throw up, stand up, kiss wife, don’t trip on that cord, don’t fall, please don’t fall! Nicole Kidman is 25 feet tall!’ And a host of other experiences like that, the terror of the red carpet, weeks of anxiety leading up to the experience.”

Renzor has enjoyed a plethora of honors over the past year, from Nine Inch Nails getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to picking up an Emmy for Reznor and Ross’ score for “Watchmen.” While the accolades are nice, Reznor says it’s been difficult to take in, due to things being so different amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All of it feels like a blur, like a dream that might have happened because there isn’t any of those things,” Reznor said. “There have been a couple Zoom calls, writing emails, a couple phone calls, there wasn’t any weird tuxedo pictures, none of that stuff happened.”

He added, “We’ve been in this weird state of suspended animation. I’m missing the experience of the year, and at the same time, I’m very grateful to be recognized by my peers.”



Posted by Charles Ken | Music, Rock, Rock News

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