EXCLUSIVE: The 2012 Academy Awards has got the musical waterfront covered. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams have been set to supervise the music for the awards show. They will serve as musical consultants, the first time either has done it. Oscarcast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer were looking for an opportunity to inject music into the program that touches on Zimmer’s classical flair, and the hip hop, R&B and pop sensibilities that Williams is known for.
Zimmer won a Best Original Score Oscar for The Lion King, and was nominated eight other times. His film scores included Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, the last three Pirates of the Caribbeaan films, and all three of Chris Nolan’s Batfilms, including the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. He has won four Grammys and been nominated six other times.
Williams has won three Grammys as an artist and producer, and he wrote the original score for Despicable Me. His songs have been on the soundtracks of films ranging from Any Given Sunday to The 40 Year Old Virgin.