Clients of Slain Publicist Ronni Chasen Score Big in Globes Nominations
Today would have been a good day for Ronni Chasen. The Hollywood publicist who was slain last month has multiple personal clients represented among this morning’s Golden Globe nominees.
These include composer Hans Zimmer, songwriter Diane Warren, producer Richard Zanuck, whose Alice in Wonderland was nominated for best picture (musical or comedy) as well as best score (Danny Elfman), and producer Bonnie Arnold, whose How to Train Your Dragon scored a nom for best animated feature.
Zimmer, who is nominated for original score for Inception, says as soon as Chasen saw the Christopher Nolan movie, she knew it would be a Golden Globe contender.
“She was one of the very first people to see Inception, we never previewed it or anything," he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Imitating Chasen’s New York accent, the German-born Zimmer adds: “She said, OK, Golden Globe! Here we go!”
It was Chasen’s appreciation for – and patience -- with musicians that made her such a effective representative, according to Zimmer.
“She got what we were doing,” says Zimmer. “She got that it was important. She got that we were the other actor in the movie. And she really helped bring that out and bring that to people’s attention. She really honestly and selflessly worked with us composers and songwriters because you know; we’re not necessarily easy!”
Warren’s “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” – Cher’s anthem from Burlesque -- is nominated for original song.
Warren, who knew Chasen for decades, tells The Hollywood Reporter that writing “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” made her cry. But she also says the song continues to be a source of comfort.
“We all go through such hard times. It’s a comforting song about strength. No matter what, you’re going to get through it," says Warren.
Zimmer adds: “Honestly, I miss her terribly. And I’ve been saying that for weeks now and it doesn’t seem to go away.”