Oscars Lose Murphy but Remain “Raw”

Posted on December 12th, 2011 by in Gossip, Music Industry News, Music News

Bringing new meaning to the term MC, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams has been tapped as Music Consultant for the 84th Academy Awards. Williams, known for his versatile collaborations with the likes of Jay Z, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Snoop Dogg, is now teaming up with Hanz Zimmer to play this year’s award-winners up and, if necessary, off the stage.

This announcement comes weeks after Eddie Murphy dropped out as host, and assures us that even if Billy Crystal is his replacement, the Oscars won’t be lacking in funk this year.

There’s the question of how such a collaboration will sound. The Lion King with Hip Hop beats? “Drop It Like It’s Hot” featuring a sweeping orchestra? The odd couple have already worked together on the original soundtrack for the animated film Despicable Me, giving us a taste of what to expect.

Now curiosity abounds: Will Gary Oldman receive his first ever golden statuette (or even his first nomination) for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy? Will Ryan Gosling be double-nominated for Drive and The Ides of March? And of course, will they walk the red carpet to the beat of “Hot in Herre” or “Pass the Courvoisier”?

To view the full article by Gil Kaufman click here.

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