Coverage of 69th Annual Golden Globes

Why Trent Reznor Won a Golden Globe

Coverage of 69th Annual Golden Globes

Trent Reznor, the author of one of the most profane radio hits in rock history, is now a Golden Globe winner.

The Nine Inch Nails leader and his longtime collaborator Atticus Ross beat out Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech"), Danny Elfman ("Alice in Wonderland"), A.R. Rahman ("127 Hours"), and Hans Zimmer ("Inception") with their score for the night's big victor, "The Social Network."

"We're really flattered to be recognized in this field," Reznor said while accepting the prize in a crisp tux. "A year ago I had no idea I'd have the opportunity to score a film, and the idea of standing up here accepting this award is completely surreal." Based on what he said in a recent talk with the New York Times during which he announced his next gig -- scoring "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- that's true! He later tweeted the somewhat less dignified, "Holy s---."

So just how incredible is this Reznor/Ross work on "The Social Network"? Really incredible -- brooding, creepy, and clinical. Listen to a few sample tracks below to hear why it beat Zimmer's bombastic "Inception" score, which very cleverly interpolates Édith Piaf's "Non, je ne Regrette Rien" -- the song the film's characters play to snap themselves out of dreams.

Best Original Song went to "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," the Dianne Warren-penned track Cher performs in "Burlesque," denying us the pleasure of seeing Christina Aguilera accept a Golden Globe (she and Sia were nominated for their part of writing the Xtina track "Bound to You" from the same movie). That meant Carrie Underwood also didn't score Golden Globe gold, and neither did "I See the Light" from the animated film "Tangled" or "Coming Home" from "Country Strong" (if only they'd nominated the song Chris Martin wrote -- it's good!). Warren was extra frazzled during her acceptance speech, but she did thank Cher "for being the eternal badass you are and always will be."

Justin Bieber took the stage for two minutes to present Best Animated Feature Film, and Alicia Keys briefly appeared to introduce Best Picture nominee "Black Swan" for some reason (she likes swans? Developing). And host Ricky Gervais got in an amusing dig at new "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez: "She's just Jenny from the block... if the block in question is that one on Rodeo Drive between Cartier and Prada."

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