Composer Hans Zimmer wins second Oscar for Dune

Composer Hans Zimmer won his second career Oscar for Best Original Score at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, for Dunes. That means he waited longer to win his second career Oscar than any other composer in history, 27. Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin presented the Original Score Oscar to Zimmer (it was actually one of the pre-show categories taped in the hour before the broadcast, but aired during the live show to a five-minute standing ovation from the audience).

Hans Zimmer won his first Oscar for Best Original Score for The Lion King in 1995. Since then, he has been nominated for 10 Oscars, according to Deadline. Hans Zimmer has already been nominated for rain man (1989), The preacher’s wife (1997), As good as it gets (1998), The Prince of Egypt (1999),The thin red line (1999), Gladiator (2001), sherlock holmes (2010), Creation(2011), Interstellar (2015), and Dunkirk (2018).

the Dunes The soundtrack was produced by WaterTower Music, which announced the release of three soundtracks – all written by Zimmer – in July 2021. With the prospect of releasing an album in Dolby Atmos, Hans Zimmer said, “I was inspired to look at this music in a different way and to take the audience on a journey beyond the film. To fully showcase these unique sounds and soundtrack, I thought it was to be available through an immersive technology that uses the audio space, so it was decided to stream it in Dolby Atmos.

Denis Villeneuve directed Dunes, which was nominated in multiple categories at this year’s Oscars. Zimmer and Villeneuve have worked together more than once in the past, most recently for Blade Runner 2049, another sci-fi epic. Due to their experience of collaborating on Blade Runner 2049Villeneuve thought Zimmer was the perfect composer to set the mood for the world of Dunes– looks like he was right.

“We agreed that music should have a spirituality…a sanctified quality,” Villeneuve said. “Something that would uplift the soul and have the effect that only sacred music can produce. And I believe that is firmly present in Hans’ score.”

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The former record holder was Henry Mancini

The former record holder for waiting the longest to win a second Oscar for Best Original Score was the last Henry Mancini. Mancini won his first Oscar for 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Truman Capote, and starring Audrey Hepburn. Then he had to wait another 21 years to win his second for 1982 Victor/Victoria.

Mancini’s other well-known work also includes another Hepburn classic from 1967 Wait until nightfall, about a young blind woman trying to escape a man who broke into her home after accidentally finding drugs. His other well-known work includes the theme, soundtrack and music for the Peter Gunn TV shows The pink Panther. He also composed 1981’s Dear Mum, which is Christina Crawford’s autobiographical film about her abusive and manipulative adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford. The film inspired FX Quarrel.

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