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Oscar 2012: Hans Zimmer Opting Out of Oscar Race Probably to Have Little Effect on Nominations

Hans ZimmerAt the Ghent Film Festival, Hans Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter that he'll sit out this year's Oscar race for Best Original Score. According to Zimmer, the murder of his longtime publicist Ronni Chasen* was one reason for his decision, though that came about chiefly as a result of his desire to “to take a step back and say 'I'm not in the race,” and thus focus on his current projects.

The composers themselves, not the studios, must submit their own scores. The fact that Zimmer won't be submitting his work for Rango or Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows most likely won't change the prospects for the Best Original Score category as neither work has been perceived as a top contender for a nomination. Or, for that matter, Zimmer's scores for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda 2, and The Dilemma.

Zimmer, who is currently working on the score for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, has been nominated for nine Academy Awards in the Music categories. He won for The Lion King (Best Original Score) in early 1994. In the last ten years, he earned only two Oscar nods: Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Inception (2010).

* If the Beverly Hills Police Department is to be trusted, Chasen was the random victim of a lunatic acting alone on a deserted local street. He then bragged about the murder, was found out, and finally killed himself before any questions could be asked.

Hans Zimmer picture: Hans-Zimmer.com.


         
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