Trent Reznor Gets Oscar Nom for The Social Network Score

Trent Reznor Gets Oscar Nom for <i>The Social Network</i> Score
Considering the hype and heaps of praise that Facebook flick The Social Network and its Trent Reznor-helmed score received, it wasn't much of a surprise that both the movie and its music picked up Golden Globes last week. Even so, the win had quite the positive effect on the former Nine Inch Nails frontman, who posted a humbled "Holy Shit!" on his Twitter. Lucky for Reznor, he may just have another chance to have his mind blown: The Social Network score has just been nominated for an Oscar.

This morning (January 25), the nominations were revealed for the 53rd Academy Awards by actress Mo'nique and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Tom Sherak.

The big reveal for us music fans was that Reznor and co-writer Atticus Ross picked up a nod for Best Original Score for The Social Network. They will be up against John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon), Hans Zimmer (Inception), Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech) and A.R. Rahman (127 Hours). With the Golden Globe win behind them, Reznor and Ross could be the early favourites in the category.

As for the Best Original Song category, Cee Lo's duet partner Gwyneth Paltrow should be pleased with Country Strong's nomination for "Coming Home." The category is rounded out by "If I Rise," from 127 Hours, "I See the Light" from Tangled and "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3.

The Oscars take place February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. You can see the full list of nominees on the Academy's website here.

UPDATE: EW got a hold of Reznor following the nomination ceremony this morning to congratulate the artists and ask him about cracking into Hollywood's mainstream elite. "It's not in my nature to sit back and pat myself on the back, but I'm making myself pause and actually enjoy the moment and say, you know, I really think we did good work on this," Reznor admitted, adding, "What I think is monumental about this is, this isn't a traditional score. And the movie doesn't feel like a traditional Oscar candidate film. It's very contemporary and the score doesn't behave like normal scores do. This wasn't like, let's make something and cater it for awards season. In all honestly, if you'd have told me a year ago [that I'd be nominated], I would never have believed you. We didn't go into it with that mindset at all."