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Hans Zimmer and Pharrell to serve as music consultants for Academy Awards

by jmaloni
Fri, Dec 9th 2011 03:30 pm

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams will serve as music consultants for the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced Thursday. This will be the first time the composers have worked on the Oscar show.

"Hans is one of the most accomplished and creative film composers of our time, and Pharrell is a phenomenal songwriter with an amazing list of credits," said Grazer and Mischer. "This is an exciting and prestigious collaboration that promises to take the audience on a musical journey."

"It is a great privilege to serve the Academy in this role and to help celebrate and honor this year's incredible artistry," stated Zimmer.

"I am honored to work with my mentor and teacher, Hans Zimmer, and I have wanted to collaborate with Brian Grazer on something for years," said Williams. "I cannot believe I will be joining them and their teams on the most prestigious show of the year, the Academy Awards."

Zimmer won an Oscar in 1994 for Original Score for "The Lion King" and has received eight additional nominations for Original Score. His credits include "Rain Man," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Thelma & Louise," "The Preacher's Wife," "As Good as It Gets," "The Thin Red Line," "The Prince of Egypt," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down," "Madagascar," "The Da Vinci Code," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Sherlock Holmes" and "Inception." His most recent credits include "Rango," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Kung Fu Panda 2" and the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Zimmer has earned 10 Grammy nominations and won four.

Williams is a prolific producer-singer-songwriter who has also written for feature films. He has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards and has won three. Williams' songs have appeared on the soundtracks of such films as "Any Given Sunday," "Kiss of the Dragon," "Rush Hour 2," "Zoolander," "Bringing down the House," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," "50 First Dates," "Hitch," "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," "Date Movie" and "Knocked Up." He wrote the original song score for "Despicable Me."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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