Hollywood music makers set to score big at Oscars
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From Dennis Michael
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Costumes, sets and cinematography all play vital roles along with the actors in creating the mood of a film. But the final flourish is the music.
"Trust me, if you're working on a $70 million movie and you're the last guy, you feel all that weight on your shoulders," said Hans Zimmer, who is up for Oscar nominations for scoring both "The Prince of Egypt" and "The Thin Red Line."
The pressure is especially intense, Zimmer said, "when (producers) are going, 'This scene really doesn't work and we need some help here,' and you realize what they're saying is you can make or break this movie."
Stamina is key, said Randy Newman, Oscar-nominated for the scores of "Pleasantville" and "A Bug's Life" and a song from "Babe: Pig in the City."
"You'll be working all day and you'll have finished 12 seconds, but you get into it and you try not to look up," said Newman, who comes from a family of film composers.
The hard work pays off for the few composers who take the spotlight on Oscar night.
An Academy Award nomination for the song "The Prayer" in "Quest for Camelot" was particularly poignant for its writers, David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager, as they had to fight to keep the producers of the film from cutting it.
"They loved it, they just thought it slowed down the action," Bayer Sager said. "We were just relentless, saying, 'Please, please. It's an emotion.'"
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