Randy Newman picked up the award for Best Original Song at the 2011 Academy Award ceremony for his composition of We Belong Together which featured in Toy Story 3. The songwriter was in a self-deprecating mood as he collected his 2nd award in 20 nominations; highlighting the inconsistency in category nominations as he did.
“Cinematography has five. What? They couldn’t find a fifth song?” he asked with tongue firmly planted in cheek. A grateful Newman delivered the punch line added that if there had been a fifth contender they’d most certainly have beaten him.
Whilst reporters frantically huddled around a composed Newman after the awards were over he told them that he thought the song was “not the most consequential” piece he’d ever written and that he felt that his music for previous films such as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Awakenings had much more impact on the movie’s atmosphere.
“Last year I knew I wouldn’t win,” Newman offered as he rightly predicted a win for T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham. “This time I thought I might have a chance. I still didn’t prepare!”
Toy Story 3 picked up the award for Best Animated Feature Oscar along with Newman’s Best Song award.
Elsewhere in music Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross collected the Best Original Score award for their collaboration on the soundtrack to The Social Network. Reznor was more hmble in his acceptance speech than Newman however.
“Wow. Is this really happening?” Quizzed an astounded Reznor.
“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.”
Later during post award interviews Reznor was quick to praise David Fincher’s vision in defining how he wanted the score to sound, citing Vangelis’ atmospheric and iconic sounding Blade Runner soundtrack as a point of influence.
“A side of my music with Nine Inch Nails was going instrumental so it was not a huge leap or stretch to try this,” said Reznor on his first foray into the world of movie scores. “The biggest challenge was working with a picture. David Fincher knew exactly what he wanted. It was one of the best experiences of my life from start to finish.”
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