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Zimmer, Williams to Music Supervise 84th Academy Awards

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2011 at 10:42PM

Oscar-winning composer Has Zimmer and songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams will be the music consultants for next year's 84th Academy Awards. It will be the first time working on the awards show for both musicians.
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Oscar-winning composer Has Zimmer and songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams will be the music consultants for next year's 84th Academy Awards.  It will be the first time working on the awards show for both musicians.

Zimmer is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and successful Hollywood composers.  He won an Oscar for "The Lion King" in 1994, and has received eight other nominations for Best Score.  Among his films are "Driving Miss Daisy," "Black Hawk Down," Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight" and "Inception," several installments in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes."  (His composition can also be heard in the sequel to "Sherlock Holmes," which comes out later this month.)

Pharrell Williams has been nominated for 10 Grammys and has won three.  His songs have been featured in "Any Given Sunday," "Zoolander" and "Knocked Up."  He also wrote the original songs for last year's "Despicable Me."

The 2011 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

This article is related to: Oscars, Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.