The Academy Awards has seen some odd pairings (remember the awkward co-hosting team of Anne Hathaway and James Franco?), but perhaps this year's musical collaborators take the cake for unforeseen duos.
Pharrell Williams, the uber-hot hip-hop producer who is also one half of the production duo, The Neptunes, is set to consult for Hollywood's most magical night alongside famed composer Hans Zimmer. Known primarily as Pharrell, Williams has earned ten Grammy nominations and three wins for his various collaborations with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Justin Timberlake, but this will be new territory for the 38-year-old producer.Zimmer is well-known as the composer behind such Hollywood blockbusters as "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Lion King," which he won an Oscar for in 1995. Zimmer's new involvement in the ceremony came after the composer revealed that he had no plans of being in the race for the golden statue this year. Zimmer told The Hollywood Reporter,
"I just want to observe for a year. I actually think the Academy is really important, but if you're in the race you can't really observe. I just wanted to take a step back and say 'I'm not in the race.'"
Zimmer is currently scoring the latest film in Christopher Nolan's "Batman" series, "Dark Knight Rises."
The 84th annual Academy Awards will air February 26th on ABC.