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Oscars 2011: Trent Reznor reacts to his Social Network nomination

It was a relief to see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Social Network score bringing some cool to the Original Score nominees for this year's Oscars.

The Academy may have dropped the ball when it came to their snub of Daft Punk's work on TRON: Legacy , but thankfully The Social Network 's score has been rightfully nommed.

Reznor reacted to the news by describing it as "Completely surreal" to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Nine Inch Nails frontman added: "It was panic this morning because somehow my internet and TV had a complete media blackout at the crucial moment, but it turned out all was well in the end."

Not ashamed to enjoy the moment Reznor added: "I'm just very proud to be involved with a film of this caliber and working with these people. We got so close to this film – I've seen it hundreds of times and I still really love it."

"I didn't realize it would resonate with people as much as it has. It's been amazing and flattering to see what's happened."

He was surprised that his and Ross' unconventional score got Academy recognition: "When we did this film, the concept of an Academy Award was not even in my sphere of imagination."

"Atticus and I generated a bulk of music to send to David Fincher and we felt that 50 percent of it was too much because this isn't a movie about the end of the world – it's about nerds in rooms and betrayal and internal emotion."

"But we were surprised by what David responded to; we realized that he was willing to take chances and let the music play a pivotal role in the picture. When it was all finished I felt like we contributed a lot. It's not a traditional score, and I'm proud of that."

When THR asked Reznor if he be interested in tackling a more traditional score at some point, he replied: "Absolutely... I'm interested in the discipline and I'm interested in the challenge of working in the more traditional sense."

"I look at working with [a traditional orchestra] as something I haven't done yet and I've always been intrigued by it. I would be up for that challenge."

Reznor and Ross are working with David Fincher again to score the director's re-do of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , and we can't wait to hear the results.