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Trent Reznor calls double Oscar nomination "surreal" and "humbling"

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Trent Reznor has shared his reaction to he and his Nine Inch Nails band mate Atticus Ross‘ double Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.

“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 tells Billboard of the recognition. “But we’re very grateful.”

Reznor and Ross’ nominations are for their work on the Disney/Pixar movie Soul and the David Fincher film Mank. They previously won an Oscar for their score of another Fincher movie, The Social Network.

Reflecting to their first Oscar win, Renzor recalls “sweating profusely in those tiny seats in the theater wondering if our names are going be called.”

“[I remember thinking], ‘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!'” Reznor shares. “And a host of other experiences like that, the terror of the red carpet, weeks of anxiety leading up to the experience.”

Of course, the process of awards shows has changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also coincided with a “spectacular awards-oriented year” for Nine Inch Nails, which has included induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and an Emmy win for Reznor and Ross’ Watchmen score.

“All of it feels like a blur, like a dream that might have happened because there isn’t any of those things,” Reznor says. “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.”

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

By Josh Johnson
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