Composer Zimmer says Oscar win for ‘Dune’ would be for director Villeneuve – Metro US
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Composer Hans Zimmer is no stranger to the Oscars. He was nominated for an Oscar 11 times and won once – for ‘The Lion King’ in 1994.
But the Hollywood veteran says his nomination for the music of ‘Dune,’ a mammoth adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, looks different after director Denis Villeneuve was snubbed in the best director category. .
“I am heartbroken for my friend,” Zimmer told Reuters in an interview.
“But I can in good conscience and with great honesty say… that I am nominated because of his work and because of the work of everyone around me and so if one of us wins something, everything is in his name, everything is for him.”
For the German composer, “Dune” was always going to be a dream project. He had been a fan of Herbert’s intergalactic tale of politics, religion and giant sandworms since his teenage years, like Villeneuve.
“It wasn’t until Denis said to me very gently one day, have I ever heard of a book called ‘Dune’, that I got into that teenage enthusiasm like a puppy chasing his own tail… It was a big part of my teenage years,” Zimmer said.
To produce an otherworldly sound for the score, Zimmer created acoustics on a synthesizer, then had a metal sculptor recreate them using different shapes and metals.
‘Dune,’ starring Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac, received 10 Oscar nominations last week, mostly in technical categories. Hollywood’s highest honors will be bestowed on March 27.
“Dune” has been re-released in theaters and IMAX since February 11. It will return to HBO Max on March 10.
(Reporting by Rollo Ross, editing by Rosalba O’Brien)