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Hans Zimmer makes IndieWire's Top 12 most talented composers in film today

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In an age where special effects reign supreme, there's one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn't gone through a radical transformation - music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century. Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn't make the cut - Danny Elfman and John Williams, we're looking at you - but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a notable franchise or series from the last few years that doesn't have Hans Zimmer's fingerprints on it. His most recent work includes Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk," "Planet Earth II," and the upcoming "Blade Runner 2049." Zimmer has scored over 100 films and gone on to win 111 awards for his work, including an Oscar for best music and original score for Disney's "The Lion King" in 1995. Zimmer's signature style is minimalist with a dramatic edge. He has a knack for creating intense, jarring scores that simmer before they erupt with grand gestures, but he does it using basic riffs that don't overwhelm the film as a whole. It's the best example of less is more. Other famous films scored by Zimmer include "Interstellar," "Inception," "Gladiator," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, and Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy - three of which earned him Oscar nominations.