'The Social Network' Wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Composers Atticus Ross (R) and Trent Reznor, winners of the award for Best Original Score for 'The Social Network' accept their award on stage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Atticus Ross (R) and Trent Reznor, winners of the Oscar for Best Original Score (Gabriel Bouys/AFP)

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's synth-heavy, non-orchestral soundtrack for "The Social Network" was awarded Best Original Score at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. This was the first Oscar win for each composer. The duo also won the Golden Globe this year for their work on the film.

The duo was competing against several seasoned film composers. Also nominated was Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech"), John Powell ("How to Train Your Dragon"), A.R. Rahman ("127 Hours") and Hans Zimmer ("Inception"). The win by Reznor and Ross marks the fourth consecutive year that the prize goes to a first-time winner.

"Wow. Is this really happening?" a low-key and apparently humbled Reznor asked during his acceptance speech, clutching his golden statue.

For the unlikely drama about social-media billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, director David Fincher tapped Reznor, the former leader of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, because he didn't want an orchestral score. As he told the Los Angeles Times, he wanted something that would have the "shimmer, shiver and thump of Reznor's electronic-anchored soundscapes."

One much-discussed sequence from the score featured a dark arrangement of Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King, accompanying a regatta on London's River Thames.

Reznor and Ross are continuing their collaboration with Fincher as they write and record the music for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, due for release on December 21. The new project will rely less on electronics and more on string arrangements, Reznor told Billboard magazine.

On other Oscar music news, Randy Newman won the award for Best Original Song for "We Belong Together," from "Toy Story 3." The ceremony opened with a montage of the major nominated films set to the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, a piece featured in The King's Speech.


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Comments [3]

Andrea from San Diego

Very disappointed to see How to Train Your Dragon's score lose to these guys. Don't get me wrong, The Social Network movie was great! But somehow I feel like the winners are selected based on the movie itself, versus listening to the soundtracks alone.

Same thing happened when WALLE lost the same award to Slumdog millionaire. Slumdog Millionare was definitely a better movie, but comparing the scores alone, things seemed different.

Jul. 18 2011 04:47 PM

I really loved "The Social Network". And, I loved the opening melody by Reznor/Ross. So I went to my .mp3 source and listened to samples of the tracks.

After the very interesting first track, pregnant with all sorts of possibilities, the rest of the tracks just left me totally uninterested.

I am sure that they worked for the film; but as music I want to own, there was no attraction after the first track.

Feb. 28 2011 01:40 PM

Someone has posted the regatta/Hall of the Mountain King sequence on YouTube:

Feb. 28 2011 12:39 PM

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