A-List Composer Won’t Submit Himself for Oscar

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Composer Hans Zimmer arrives at DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 2" Los Angeles Premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/2011 Getty Images

Hans Zimmer is the sort of composer other musicians take their cues from (how many times did you hear the deep BRAMMMS of his Inception score ripped off in other trailers this year?), but when it comes to the Oscars, he's going it alone: Zimmer tells the Hollywood Reporter that he won't be submitting his name or any of his scores (which include Rango and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) for end-of-the-year awards contention. "I just want to sit it out. I just want to observe for a year," explains the eight-time nominee and former winner, who admits that his decision is partially motivated by the death of Ronni Chasen, his longtime awards publicist. Still, he says, "As soon as you get nominated, and I don't care who you are — there are certainly people of better character than me — it all goes crazy. You get the phone call at five o'clock and after that you have to do the interviews and then do the parties and meet all these people and do all these things. It's disruptive ... it does worry me that we have to stay relevant." [THR]