One of my all time favorite film composers is Hans Zimmer. His bold epic soundtracks have appeared in over one hundred films, of which nearly half have been nominated for awards. He has won one Academy Award (The Lion King), four Satellite Awards (The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Inception), two Golden Globe Awards (The Lion King, Gladiator), four Grammy Awards (two prizes for The Lion King, Crimson Tide, The Dark Knight), one Saturn Award (The Dark Knight), two Annie Awards (Kung Fu Panda, Secrets of the Furious Five), and one WAFCA Award (Inception). I highly suggest taking a look at his complete discography here. Many of his works combine electronic sound with traditional orchestral scores.
I recently came across a blog posting by Trey Ratcliff that includes some brilliant photographs of Zimmer’s legendary Hollywood studio. Check out the complete set of posted photographs and Ratcliff’s own account of his meeting with Zimmer here. I have also included an interesting video that chronicles Zimmer’s process for creating the soundtrack to The Dark Knight.