Hans Zimmer won the Oscar for Best Score in ‘Dune‘, but the prodigious music composer couldn’t make it to the ceremony since he’s touring internationally. 

However, this didn’t stop his daughter, Zoe, from waking Zimmer up and presenting him with a knock-off trophy. The two then went to their Amsterdam hotel bar to grab a drink.

Following this, Zimmer also thanked the entire musical team who’s worked with him on the movie and tipped his hat to director Denis Villeneuve, who’s helmed ‘Dune’. 

Zimmer has been nominated for the Oscars 12 times, but last won for the 1994 ‘Lion King’ movie. However, many of the composer’s works are extremely hummable and remain favourites including those from ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean‘, ‘Gladiator’, ‘The Dark Knight‘, and ‘Inception’. 

In ‘Dune’, Zimmer combines unconventional rhythms with chanting to create a dramatic, otherworldly effect, suiting the futuristic science-fiction premise of the movie. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Zimmer explained how he wanted to make his score different from other sci-fi entries, saying, “Whenever I see a science-fiction movie or anything that’s set in the future or in a galaxy far, far away, it doesn’t matter how beautiful and how brilliant the music is written, it’s still like, ‘Here come the strings. Here comes the French horn.'” 

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Speaking to Deadline, the composer explained how he and his team of musicians were allowed to build or invent instruments, working with notes that don’t actually exist and rhythms that cannot be humanly played. Zimmer and his team would often invent new sounds for the film, which involved processes like taking an orchestral instrument, for example, Tina Guo’s cello, and morphing it into something like a ‘Tibetan war horn’.  

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This year, Zimmer beat out nominees Nicholas Britell for ‘Don’t Look Up’, Germaine Franco for ‘Encanto’, Alberto Iglesias for ‘Parallel Mothers’, and Johnny Greenwood for ‘The Power of the Dog’.