Academy Nominates Surprising Music Industry Acts

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Most of the focus Tuesday morning surrounded the big name nominees for this year's Academy Awards - Portman, Bening, Firth, Bale and more - but amongst this year's first-time Academy Award nominees were some surprising familiar faces from the music industry.

Trent Reznor, the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails, along with Atticus Ross, were nominated for their Original Score for "The Social Network," which many consider the duo the front-runners to win. Just last week, Reznor and Ross won a Golden Globe award for their score for the film.

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"When David approached us to write the score for 'The Social Network,' we were intrigued and excited to see what we could bring to the project - but truly couldn't imagine it would lead to an Oscar nomination. We are extremely grateful to the Academy and very proud to have contributed to David's vision," Reznor and Ross said in a joint statment to Access Hollywood on Tuesday.

Reznor seems to have found a second career in scoring films for director David Fincher - next up, he'll be scoring Fincher's U.S. remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." They'll be competing against Hollywood legend Hans Zimmer for his score for Christopher Nolan's "Inception," and A.R. Rahman, who won two years ago for both Original Score and Best Song ("Jai Ho") for "Slumdog Millionaire." Rahman is back this year, re-teaming with Danny Boyle with his score for "127 Hours." Also up in this category are John Powell for "How to Train Your Dragon" and Alexandre Desplat for "The King's Speech." A surprising absence in the Original Score category was French DJ duo Daft Punk, who did the soundtrack for "Tron: Legacy." Some critics point out that they might not have qualified because some of their score used music from the franchise's original film, making it not entirely "Original."

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In the Original Song category, popular British singer Dido, along with her brother and frequent producing partner DJ Rollo Armstrong, received a nod for writing the lyrics to "If I Rise" from "127 Hours," for which Rahman composed the music.

They'll be competing against Hollywood frequents Randy Newman ("We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3") and Alan Menken and Glenn Slater ("I See The Light" from "Tangled"), as well as Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey for "Coming Home" from "Country Strong."

Access has reached out to Dido & Rollo for reaction to their nominations. We hope to hear from them soon and we'll update if we hear back!

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