German composed for “Dune”: Hans Zimmer wins Oscar for best film music

German composed for “Dune”
Hans Zimmer wins Oscar for best film music

It’s not his first Academy Award: the German composer Zimmer won an Oscar for his music for the Disney cartoon “The Lion King” in the 1990s. Now he has won his second award for his contribution to the science fiction epic “Dune”.

German-born composer Hans Zimmer has won an Oscar. The 64-year-old will be awarded for the film music for the science fiction epic “Dune”, as the Academy announced on Monday night on Twitter. For Zimmer, who has lived in the USA for a long time, it is already the second Oscar. In the 1990s he had already received an award for the music to the Disney cartoon “The Lion King”.

Officially, the award ceremony should begin at around 2 a.m. German time. In advance, the first guests arrived on the red carpet in Los Angeles. Among them were actor Will Smith, tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams and filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal. Actor Timothée Chalamet came with a jacket but no shirt. Some wore blue ribbons reading “WithRefugees” to show solidarity with the people fighting the Ukraine war. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also wore such a ban, who said in an interview with ProSieben’s Steven Gätjen: “If there is a person here who does not support Ukraine, send them here … tell them to come to me.”

Actor Sean Penn had previously called for a boycott of the gala if it took place without Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In a CNN interview on Saturday, the actor-director said that if Zelenskyy appeared on the show in front of an audience of millions, it would have been a great opportunity to speak. However, he fears that the film academy has not pursued this further. In that case, it would be “the most shameless moment in Hollywood history.”

He himself would “melt down” his two Oscar statues in protest, Penn said. He has won two Oscars for the films “Mystic River” (2004) and “Milk” (2009). This year, the film industry is celebrating the 94th Oscars with a big gala in the Dolby Theater after the award ceremony last year took place on a much smaller scale due to the corona pandemic.