Sunday’s 84th Annual Academy Awards ticked along the way most Oscar-watchers predicted, albeit with a few more technical awards to “Hugo” chipping away at the total tally of “The Artist.” if you missed the show, you can watch it Here Online. Both films, though, came away with 5 Oscars each. “The Artist’s” Best Picture win was, by a certain point in the awards season, undeniable: a love letter to old Hollywood made by Europeans with a gimmick and a sense of history and a modicum of self-seriousness. Still, its win took away from the long-shot chances of two far better films that never stood a chance, “The Descendants” and “Moneyball.” Yet Michel Hazanavicius‘ black-and-white, silent critical hit was the pre-ordained favorite going into the show, and emerged with Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Costume and Best Actor, along with top film.
Pharrell Williams joined composer and Oscar alum Hans Zimmer in the official house band of the 2012 Academy Awards. Superstar drummer Sheila E., best known for her tenure with Prince, and Oscar-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman contributed some keys and vocals, that explains the picture at the rehearsal. The ceremony had the same regal, cinematic sound it always has, but with a little spice thrown in. For an awards show whose voters are 94 percent white and 77 percent male — and whose median age is 62 — any element of diversity is welcome.
Relegated to two of the Kodak Theater’s balconies, the interesting combination of star musicians played during the commercial breaks along with the orchestra below the stage. Sheila E. and Pharrell’s drumming (sometimes two kits at the same time) broke up the usual soft melodies with funky beats, giving The Oscars a much-needed sound update. Twitter was abuzz about the attractive violinist in the balcony neighboring Sheila and Pharrell’s setup. Her name is Ann Marie Calhoun, a half-Chinese, half-”hillbilly” native of Virginia.
She’s also an Oscar alum: Her work with Zimmer for the “Sherlock Holmes” score received an Oscar nod in 2009. Calhoun also plays violin for The Super Heavy, whose official membership includes Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damien Marley, and Rahman. With the palpable lack of music performances at The Oscars this year, save Grammy-winner Esperanza Spaulding‘s lovely singing during the “In Memoriam” segment with The Southern California Children’s Chorus, beefing up the house band with some recognizable talent was a crucial move for the academy.
Fortunately the house band didn’t fade into the background like a long acceptance speech: In an endearing musician-to-musician gesture, the winner for best original score, Ludovic Bource, thanked the band, Sheila E. in particular, when he accepted the Oscar for his work on “The Artist.” With any luck, a fun musical lineup like this will join the awards ceremony again next year. Pharrell has been asked after the show if there is a chance if we could get the music from the show and he tweeted that there will be some music on iTunes later on, and indeed there is.
Pharrell is Kicking It On The Drums (16:45)
The compilation is called Celebrate The Music which features Various Artists including Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Esperanza Spalding, Giorgio Moroder, Junkie XL, Sheila E., A.R. Rahman and The Southern California Children’s Chorus and has a new Pharrell tune titled It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell which is now available on iTunes but it looks like that we won’t get get any of the 120 to 140 pieces that Pharrell & Hans did for the ceremony yet, they probably gonna release them later this year, in the meantime, I have managed to edit some of the music they did from The Academy Awards, and of course there is a complete list of The Oscar Winners below, thanks to sandow & Borsboom for the info.
The 84th Academy Awards – Celebrate The Music (2012)
01 – Hans Zimmer – Celebrate The Oscars
02 – Pharrell Williams – It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell
03 – Esperanza Spalding – Sunrise On Bleecker Street
04 – Giorgio Moroder – Giorgio’s New Dancing Shoes
05 – Junkie XL – D Generation
06 – Sheila E. – Bump The E.
07 – A.R. Rahman – Oscar Sangamam
08 – Esperanza Spalding & The Southern California Children’s Chorus – What A Wonderful World
Hans Zimmer – The Introduction
Pharrell Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got Pharrell
Hans Zimmer & Pharrell Williams – The Gypsy Celebration
Pharrell Williams – Kickin’ It On The Drums
Esperanza Spalding & The Southern California Children’s Chorus – What A Wonderful World
Adding To The Resume
Written by Danielle Young. Pharrell Williams is a modern day Renaissance man. He’s got his hands in everything from music to liquor to The Oscars. As one of the hardest working men in showbiz, Pharrell will always have my respect and here’s three reasons why he should have yours too. Pharrell managed to take this year’s Oscars from stuffy to funky. This year’s show used the producer/recording artist as well as legendary drummer, Sheila E. to play in and out of commercial breaks instead of the orchestra they typically use. Pharrell also got a chance to work with Oscar-winning composer, Hans Zimmer scoring on a few pieces for The Oscars. Pharrell told MTV, “There’s an homage to the tradition of how the music was done traditionally… [but] we’re different, and when given an opportunity and it’s our opportunity, Hans and I agreed we just would do it from the perspective of people who love music and love making music and respect it, giving back to what gave us so much, which is music and film.”
For The Ladies
Imagine a creamy (non-dairy) liqueur with low calories (lower than a glass of red wine) that’s pretty to look at and even more pleasant tasting and you’ve got Pharrell’s contribution to women spirit lovers. Qream is an absolutely surprisingly delicious vodka spirit that’s well on its way to Ciroc Status . Musicians that create a liquor brands don’t always make for the most lucrative choices, but Pharrell’s Qream seems to be soaring.
Pharrell doesn’t let his daunting to do list get in the way of his music. Lately, Skateboard P’s been in the studio with Usher, Diplo, Corinne Bailey Rae and Sheila E.–just to name a few and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. And why would he? His producing skills are always in high demand. You can’t do anything but respect this man.
“While The Oscars didn’t have any musical performances by any of the nominated songs, music still played an important roll as the night unfolded — from the walk on songs to the fades in and out from commercials to the touching moments of montages, music drove the anticipation and drama of the evening. And it was all thanks to Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer, who co-wrote all the music for the ceremony as musical consultants for The Oscars.
We were lucky enough to catch Pharrell on the red carpet where he joked that he’d been hired by The Oscars to, “Hand out water and pass out the peanuts and popcorn.” Decked out in dashing Lanvin, Pharrell excitedly described the huge process of creating the score for The Oscars; “To be able to do the music it’s 120 different pieces, we had a huge team and piles and piles of sheet music, it reminded me of high school,” and added, “I’m very appreciative of this opportunity, it’s an experience you cant pay for.” Thanks to BlueSky2308.
According to metro.co.uk Uk rapper Professor Green will be working with The Neptunes for an unknown project. “With gigs in Australia on the agenda followed by heading to States to work with Pharrell Williams, Green is not looking for anything serious. ‘I don’t want to be too tied down or get into anything serious too fast. But Millie is really fit,” he told the Sun.
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