Trent Reznor, Randy Newman win Oscars

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Trent Reznor and Randy Newman won Oscars in the top music categories at the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The Nine Inch Nails mastermind and co-composer Atticus Ross won Best Original Score Oscar for “The Social Network”, while Newman won Best Original Song for “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”.

Reznor and Ross were both shocked to win the Best Original Score Oscar for “The Social Network”, though they had won in the same category at last month’s Golden Globe Awards.  “Wow. Is this really happening?” Reznor said during his acceptance speech. “When we finished work on ‘The Social Network,’ we were very proud of our work and happy to just be involved in this film, and to be standing up here in this company is humbling and flattering beyond words.”

Once backstage, Reznor added, “Well, I can say that I am truly stunned by this. I mean, we kind of fell into this. David Fincher approached us to work on this film, he kind of bugged us to do it. I’m very glad he did. It was an incredible working experience and a lot of fun and very rewarding. We never even considered that we would be getting an award, certainly at this magnitude, but it’s been very, very flattering and it’s high praise.”

“It wasn’t a giant stretch for me to try this,” Reznor said of his first time scoring a film while explaining that he had worked with Rose on NIN’s instrumental Ghost albums. “It was interesting to have to work with a picture and actually serve the picture and that was the biggest challenge. David Fincher was very clear about what he wanted, and it was an education…  one of the best experiences I’ve had from start to finish.” He’ll team up once again with Ross to score Fincher’s next film, Girl With A Dragon Tatoo.

Newman, who won his second Oscar in 20 nominations, joked about his history in the category when accepting the award for Best Original Song for “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”. “I’ve been on this show any number of times and I’ve slowed it down almost every time, ” he said. “No wonder they only nominate 4 songs, what about cinematography. So there’s 5. They could find a fifth song from someone? But hell with it. Think it might have beat me. Anyway, I thank you all very much for this. The Academy has been enormously kind to me as has the Music Branch and I love you all.”

Newman was among several musicians who performed abbreviated versions of the nominees for Best Song. Gwyneth Paltrow sang “Coming Home” from “Country Song”, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi delivered on “I See the Light” from “Tangled” with help from composer Alan Menken on piano and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine filled in for a pregnant Dido, who did not make the trip from Australia to sing “If I Rise” from “127 Hours”.

Celine Dion sang “Smile” in a tribute to recently deceased members of the Academy before a fifth grade chorus from Staten Island,Ne York sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to end the ceremony.

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