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Trent Reznor and The Social Network’s Golden Globe Nominations

Trent Reznor is now a Golden Globe nominated composer Trent Reznor is now a Golden Globe nominated composer

Trent Reznor is the musician best known as the mastermind behind the best-selling industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails. His evolution as an artist over the past couple of decades has taken him from underground favorite to critical darling to commercial superstar. His latest work finds him composing film scores, which has led to a Golden Globe nomination for him and collaborator Atticus Ross for their work on the blockbuster Facebook movie – The Social Network. Could Reznor add another statue to go with his pair of Grammys?

Reznor is keeping prestigious company with his Golden Globe nomination, making the competition fierce at the 68th Golden Globes ceremony.

Hans Zimmer is among those nominated. Zimmer has collected Grammys, Golden Globes, and an Oscar already in his career, and his work has been featured in heavy-hitting films like Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator, and The Pirates of the Caribbean series. This year he is nominated for scoring Christopher Nolan’s mindbender, Inception.

Danny Elfman is another nominee. Elfman is an Academy Award nominee, and a highly respected when it comes to putting music on the screen. Like Reznor, Elfman started out as a rocker, singing for off-the-wall pop outfit Oingo Boingo in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Since then, Elfman has scored the soundtrack for films like Beetlejuice, Tim Burton’s Batman, Spider-Man, and Men in Black. But perhaps his most famous tune is the opening theme for The Simpsons. This year, he is nominated for his work on Alice In Wonderland.

The other nominees are Academy Awards-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat, who already has a Golden Globe trophy on his mantle, as well as A.R. Rahman, who won two Academy Awards for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.

Reznor is a rare artist in the pop-culture landscape in that he has always seemed to appeal to a broad range of fans and critics. He’s also seen as a performer with integrity. His latest releases were made available as free downloads, as well as in other more traditional commercial formats. Among those was a 36-track instrumetal album, Ghosts I-IV, an improvised work recorded over 10 weeks, on which Reznor also collaborated with co-nominee Atticus Ross.

Reznor licensed the work under a type of copyright developed by Creative Commons, which allows for the work to be recreated and distributed freely, so long as it is used for noncommercial purposes and the work is attributed to the authors, in this case Reznor and his collaborators.

Reznor’s debut release with Nine Inch Nails, 1992’s Pretty Hate Machine, eventually went triple-platinum in the US. From there, Reznor has been able to write his own ticket, selling more multi-platinum albums, and topping the charts even in the age of decreased record sales. Now with his Golden Globe nomination for The Social Network, Reznor has shown his capacity for excelling in a new medium, marking his as a modern master.

 

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