Trent Reznor is one of the few musicians who has both a Grammy and an Oscar to his name. However, one of the two awards carries much more weight for the Nine Inch Nails frontman, and it’s not the “bullshit” Grammys, as he explained in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
“Having won a couple Grammys for stupid shit — best metal performance — it’s hard to feel good about the integrity of that,” Reznor is quoted as saying. “If that’s how much you’re paying attention to what you’re giving out, why should I think that really means anything? When the Oscar [nomination] came up, it felt very different. I can’t tell if that’s because I’m older or it felt like it’s coming from a more sincere pedigree. … And particularly in a field we’d just gotten into, to see that, “Hey, you think [we] deserve this?” It felt nice.”
No doubt Reznor is still bitter over the Grammys’ decision to cut away early from his performance with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl during this year’s ceremony. It also didn’t help that Nine Inch Nails lost out to Vampire Weekend in the category of Best Alternative Album.
As for the Oscars, Reznor has been nominated twice and won once for Best Original Score, and he’ll likely earn consideration once more for his work on David Fincher’s latest project, Gone Girl. In the same interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reznor touched upon his creative process for scoring films and his working relationship with Fincher. Read the full interview here.