Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Win Oscar for Best Original Score for Pixar’s ‘Soul’

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Back in March, it was announced that Nine Inch Nails‘ own Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross had won a Golden Globe for their original score of Disney and Pixar’s Soul. Last night, the duo, along with musician Jon Batiste, also brought home the Oscar for Best Original Score for Soul.

The Academy Award for Best Original Score that Reznor and Ross won for Soul was actually one of two nominations for the duo — Reznor and Ross were also nominated for Best Original Score for their work on David Fincher’s Mank — and their second Oscar win overall. The team also won the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher’s The Social Network back in 2011.

“Man, you know what’s deep is, God gave us 12 notes,” said Batiste in his acceptance speech. “It’s the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, Bach had…

“Every gift is special,” he continued. “Every contribution with music that comes from the divine, into the instruments, into the film, into the minds and hearts and souls of every person who listens to it and hears it. The stories that happen when you watch it, the stories you share. The moments you create, the memories you make…man, it’s just so incredibly special. And I just want to first recognize the nominees, and say that I — I’m speaking for all of us — and incredibly humbled and grateful to the Academy for this recognition…and I’m just thankful to God for those 12 notes, man. That’s so dope.”

In a Thank-You cam appearance after their victory, Reznor said, “I would like to thank my wife, and my awesome kids, for providing the energy and the spirituality and the…engine that allows me to tap into it. And just to be happy and alive. Thank you to the Academy for the recognition. It really means a lot.”


Words by Chris Krovatin