Oscars Music Consultants Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer will be working alongside the Academy Awards team this year for the telecast. It will be the first time that both the Oscars Music Consultants Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer will be working on the show.
Hans Zimmer apparently invited Pharrell Williams to join him during a phone conversation. Talking to EW, Williams stated that they had initially been discussing their online-music venture UJAM when Zimmer said: 'Hey, I have this idea. They asked me about the Oscars, and I thought about you. Would you be into it?' Williams further elaborates: 'I was like, 'H- yeah.' So he said, 'Okay, it's settled. We'll do it as partners.'. I don't want to lessen the impact of what we're trying to do, but it's some really interesting things. I think people will be very surprised. We'll be writing a lot of music, we'll be doing what you assume the job entails, but beyond what you would expect. It's different. It's an interesting opportunity. [Hans and I] are both other-minded folks. We're other. We're not cut from the regular cloth. So we have to do other things.'
Hans Zimmer has been nominated eight times for the Oscars, whilst actually winning a statue for his score of 'The Lion King' back in 1994. The 84th Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Billy Crystal, will air on February 26th (2012).