Composer Hans Zimmer and producer-performer Pharrell Williams have been tapped to provide musical supervision for the Academy Awards telecast on Feb. 26.
Producers of the Oscars telecast, Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, have tapped the two as consultants, a newly created role on the awards show. More musicians may be brought on board as well, a person associated with the program tells Billboard.biz.
Zimmer was nominated for last year's "Inception," which he did with Johnny Marr. Among his scores this year are "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which featured the guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela.
While Williams has had numerous songs placed in films, his lone composing credit is for 2010's "Despicable Me."
The Academy Awards, heading into their 84th ceremony, have rarely had music performances beyond the nominated songs, a performance during the in memoriam section and a spoof or two.
Mischer brought in Grazer to replace Brett Ratner in early November after Ratner made homophobic remarks in public. Billy Crystal, an eight-time host who last emceed the Oscars in 2004, is the host, replacing Eddie Murphy who dropped out after Ratner's departure.