ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has announced that Oscar and Golden Globe-winning composer Trent Reznor will be honored with an ASCAP Film Music Award at the 26th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. The black-tie gala salutes those ASCAP composers whose music was featured in the top box office films and top television series of 2010. Reznor is being honored for The Social Network.
Also being honored are John Debney for Iron Man 2, Valentine’s Day and Yogi Bear, James Newton Howard for The Last Airbender, Salt and The Tourist, Randy Newman for Toy Story 3, Trevor Rabin for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Pharrell Williams (Despicable Me) and Hans Zimmer for Inception and Megamind, among others.
Two special ASCAP awards will be presented to Angelo Badalamenti, who will receive the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award, and Alf Clausen, who will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award. Badalamenti is widely known for his collaboration with the director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks). Clausen is best known for his scoring and songwriting for the hit television series The Simpsons.
The invitation-only event takes place June 23, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Trent Reznor was born on this day, May 17, in 1965, which makes him 46 today. This has been a pretty good year for Trent, what with winning both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his soundtrack (composed with Atticus Ross) for the best movie (IMHO) of 2010, The Social Network. The world loves a winner. I’m looking forward to hearing Reznor’s score for the upcoming American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well. Happy Birthday Trent!
In what was otherwise pretty much a yawnfest enlivened only by host Ricky Gervais’s hilariously mean-spirited jokes that nobody “got,” The Golden Globe Awards delivered the goods by awarding The Social Network – my favorite film of 2010 – four of the six Golden Globes for which it was nominated. Globes going home with “The FaceBook Movie” included:
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for Best Original Score
Aaron Sorkin for Best Screenplay
David Fincher for Best Director
And – most deservedly – Best Picture (Drama)
The two categories in which The Social Network nominees were passed over were Best Actor, in which the adorable Jesse Eisenberg – who was amazing as Mark Zuckerburg – lost to a very brilliant performance by Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. I hate to tell you, Jesse (because you gotta know they’re both going to be nominated again) but you’re going to lose the Oscar to Firth as well, because nobody beats a stuttering Monarch. Andrew Garfield, nominated for Best Supporting Actor – did you know he was British? Acting! – was also bested by fellow nominee Christian Bale for his role in The Fighter. I probably won’t be seeing The Fighter, but I do really like Bale’s new long-haired, Jesus look, which reminds me of the late George Harrison around the time The Beatles recorded Let It Be. Congratulations to all! See you at the Oscars!
The Golden Globe nominations were announced today, which is always exciting because it gives you some insight as to what to expect for the Oscar noms a little ways down the road. In the Best Original Score category, I was pleased to see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross included for the skull splittingly brilliant soundtrack they penned for The Social Network – my pick for Best Picture of The Year. Congrats, Trent and Atticus, and good luck on awards night!