Zurich Film Festival to Honor Hans Zimmer With Lifetime Achievement Award

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Hans Zimmer

The workaholic Oscar-winning composer most recently wrote the scores to “Amazing Spider-Man 2” and Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar.”

Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's Zurich International Film Festival.

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For decades now, the German-born Zimmer has been the go-to composer for studios and art house directors alike, with credits that include the scores to Rain Man (1989), Gladiator (2000), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He has racked up eight Oscar nominations, winning his only statuette in 1995 for best original score for The Lion King.

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Perhaps most closely associated with Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation, though his work on animated features spans from The Prince of Egypt (1998) to the Kung Fu Panda franchise, Zimmer has also been a frequent collaborator with Christopher Nolan, composing for his Batman trilogy as well as Inception and the upcoming Interstellar, and Ron Howard, for whom he has delivered scores for such films as Frost/Nixon and Rush.

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The Zurich Festival will honor Zimmer on October 1 at the climax of its international film music competition, when five up-and-coming composers will have their work performed by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchester. The concert will also feature excerpts from some of Zimmer's most memorable scores, including from The Lion King and Gladiator.

The Zurich International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 25 – Oct. 5, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. In that time, the event has grown in statute to become one of the leading second-tier fests for both industry and fans in Europe.