Alexandre Desplat

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Six time Oscar nominee, Alexandre Desplat, with hundreds of scores and numerous awards to his credit, is one of the most worthy heirs of the French film scoring masters.

Alexandre Desplat's approach to film composition is not only based on his strong musicality, but also on his understanding of cinema, which allows him to truly communicate with directors. He studied piano and trumpet before choosing the flute as main instrument.

Raised in a musical and cultural mix with a Greek mother and French father who studied and were married in California, he grew up listening to the French symphonists Ravel and Debussy and to jazz. He enriched his classical musical education by studying Brazilian and African music, which later lead him to record with Carlinhos Brown and Ray Lema.

An avid fan of cinema, he expressed his desire to compose for the Big Screen early on. During the recording of his first film, he met Dominique Lemonnier violinist who became his favorite soloist, artistic director and wife. She founded the Traffic Quintet for which he wrote original music and transcribed soundtracks.

In 2003 he burst onto the Hollywood scene with his evocative score to Girl With a Pearl Earring (starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth), which earned him nominations at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and European Film Awards.

In 2005, he composed strong and remarkable parts for the film of Jacques Audiard The Beat That My Heart Skipped, that won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale as well as his first César.

In 2006, he received his first Academy Award nomination for his score to Stephen Frears's The Queen. In the same year, he also won a Golden Globe for his score to John Curran's The Painted Veil, performed by Lang Lang.

Prices and collaborations with leading directors then started to flow. In 2007, he received his first Oscar nomination for the film by Stephen Frears The Queen and won his first European Film Award. The same year, he won the Golden Globe, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and the World Soundtrack Award for the score of the film THE PAINTED VEIL by John Curran. He composed in 2008 for Lust, Caution, by Ang Lee and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button by David Fincher, which earned him a second Oscar nomination and a fourth BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination.

Since then, Alexandre Desplat has continued to successfully expand his U.S. career and European collaborations by composing for Stephen Gaghan, Syriana, Jonathan Glazer, Birth, Anne Fontaine, Coco Before Chanel, Florent Siri, Hostage and The intimate Enemy.

With his score for Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer in 2010 he won a second César and a second European Film Award. The same year, he wrote the music for Twilight-New Moon by Chris Weitz, a platinum record, and for film by Tom Hooper The King's Speech for which he won the BAFTA, Grammy Award and becomes nominated for the fourth time at the Oscars and for the fifth time at the Golden Globes.

In 2010-2011 Alexandre Desplat scores David Yates films Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, part 1 and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, part 2, which became the third most successful movie of all time.

An eclectic and prolific composer, Alexandre Desplat wrote in 2011 the scores for films by Terence Malik The Tree Of Life, Roman Polanski's Carnage, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox, Daniel Auteuil’s The Well’s Digger Daughter and George Clooney’s The Ides Of march.

In 2012, he collaborated with Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Matteo Garrone for Reality, Gilles Bourdos for Renoir, Jerome Salle for Zulu, Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom and Jacques Audiard for Rust And Bone for which he won a third César. He also scored Argo by Ben Affleck, which was awarded the Oscar for best film, and earned Alexandre Desplat a sixth nomination at BAFTA, as well as a fifth nomination at the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

He signed in 2013 the scores of The Monuments men by George Clooney, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, Stephen FrearsOscar nominated Philomena and Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.

Awards

2014Hollywood Award (Hollywood Film Composer Award), for The Imitation Game

2014World Soundtrack Award (Film Composer of the year), for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Godzilla, Marius, The Monuments Men, Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure), Philomena, Zulu

2014World Soundtrack Award (Best Original Film Score of the Year), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014Etoile d'Or du Cinéma Français, for Renoir, Marius, Fanny, and Zulu

2013BMI Film Music Award, for Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Rise of the Guardians

2013Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, for Moonrise Kingdom

2013César (France), for Rust and Bone (De Rouille et d'os)

2012Etoile d'Or du Cinéma Français, for Rust and Bone (De Rouille et d'os)

2012BMI Film Music Award, for Moonrise Kingdom

2011Grammy Award, for The King's Speech

2011International Film Music Critics Association Award (Best Original Score for an Animated Feature Film), for Rise of the Guardians

2012International Press Academy Satellite Award, for Argo

2012Soundtrack Geek Award, for Moonrise Kingdom

2012St. Louis Film Critics Association Award, for Moonrise Kingdom

2012World Soundtrack Award, for The Ides of March

2011British Academy Film Award (BAFTA), for The King's Speech

2011BMI London Award, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The King's Speech

2011César (France), for The Ghost Writer

2011Etoile d'Or du Cinéma Français, for The Ghost Writer

2011Sonora International Award (Italy), for The King's Speech

2011Sammy Award, for The King's Speech

2011San Diego Film Critics Award, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2011World Soundtrack Award (Best Original Soundtrack of the Year), for The King's Speech

2011World Soundtrack Award (Soundtrack Composer of the Year), for A Better Life, Tamara Drewe, The Burma Conspiracy (Largo Winch II), The King's Speech, The Tree Of Life, The Well Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2010BMI Film Music Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox, Julie & Julia, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

2010CinEuphoria Award (Portugal), for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Intimate Enemies (L'ennemi intime)

2010Etoile D'Or du Cinéma Français, for A Prophet (Un prophète), The Army Of Crime (L'armé du crime), Afterwards (Et après), Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel), and Chéri

2010European Film Award for The Ghost Writer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The King's Speech, and Tamara Drewe

2010International Film Music Critics Association Award (Best Original Score For a Drama Film), for The King's Speech

2010International Film Music Critics Association Award (Best Original Score For an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film), for The Ghost Writer

2010International Film Music Critics Association Award (Film Composer Of The Year), for The Ghost Writer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The King's Speech, The Special Relationship, and Tamara Drewe

2010Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, for The Ghost Writer

2010Movie Music UK Award (Composer of the Year)

2010World Soundtrack Award (Soundtrack Composer of the Year), for Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twilight Saga-New Moon, Julie and Julia, and The Ghost Writer

2010World Soundtrack Award (Best Original Soundtrack of the Year), for Fantastic Mr Fox

2009Golden Alexander (Greece), for his career in film music

2009BMI Film Music Award for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing (Palm Springs International Film Festival)

2009Hollywood Film Festival Award

2009Movie Music UK Award (Composer of the Year)

2009Sammy Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009World Soundtrack Academy Award (SOundtrack Composer of the Year), for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Coco avant Chanel, Largo Winch, and Chéri

2009World Soundtrack Academy Award (Best Film Score of the Year), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Film Music Critics Association Award (IFMCA) (Film Score of the Year and Best Original Score for a Drama Film), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Grand Prix de la musique pour l'audiovisuel, SACEM (France)

2008Movie Music UK Award (Best Score - Drama), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2007BMI London Film Music Award for The Queen

2007European Film Award, for The Queen

2007Golden Globe Award, for The Painted Veil

2007Golden Horse Award (Taiwan), for Lust, Caution (Se, Jie)

2007International Cinephile Society Award, for The Queen, and The Painted Veil

2007International Film Music Critics Association Award (IFMCA)(Best Original Score for Fantasy-Science Fiction), for The Golden Compass

2007International Film Music Critics Association Award (IFMCA) (Film Composer of the Year)

2007Movie Music UK Award, Film Composer of the Year

2007Movie Music UK Award (Score of the Year and Best Original Score Fantasy/Science Fiction), for The Golden Compass

2007World Soundtrack Award (Soundtrack Composer of the Year), for The Queen, and The Painted Veil

2006César Award (France), for The Beat My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté)

2006Etoile D'Or du Cinéma Français, for The Beat My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté)

2006International Film Music Critics Association Award (Film Composer Of The year)

2006Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, for The Queen and The Painted Veil

2006Jeune talent (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques - France)

2005Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear, for The Beat My Heart Skipped (De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté)

2005International Cinephile Society Award, for Birth

Nominations

2014César (France), for Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)

2014Denver Film Critics Society Award, for Argo

2014Grammy Award (Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media), for Argo et Zero Dark Thirty

2014Online Film & Television Association Award, for Philomena

2014Oscar (Academy Award), for Philomena

2014Orly (Polish Film Award), for Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)

2013Annie Award (International Animated Film Society), for Rise of the Guardians

2013British Academy Film Award (BAFTA), for Argo

2013Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, for Argo

2013Critics' Choice Movie Award for Argo and Moonrise Kingdom

2013David di Donatello (Accademia del Cinema Italiano), for Reality

2013Denver Film Critics Society Award, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2013Georgia Film Critics Association Award, for Argo

2013International Cinephile Society Award (Accademia del Cinema Italiano), for Moonrise Kingdom

2013International Film Music Critics Association Award (Best Original Score for a Comedy Film), for for Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)

2013London Critics' Circle Film Award , for Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os)

2013Online Film & Television Association Award, for Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Ghost Writer

2013Oscar (Academy Award) for Argo

2013Orly (Polish Film Award), for Carnage

2013World Soundtrack Award (Film Composer of the year), for Argo, Reality, Renoir, Rise of the Guardians, Zero Dark Thirty

2012Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for The Tree of Life

2012Chicago Film critics Award for Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Moonrise Kingdom

2012Eda Award (Alliance of Women Film Journalists) for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty

2012Golden Globe for Argo

2012Grammy Award, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2

2012International Film Music Critics Association Award (Film Composer of the Year), for for Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os), Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty

2012International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score for a Comedy Film), for for Moonrise Kingdom

2012International Film Music Critics Association Award (Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film), for for Zero Dark Thirty

2012Prix France Musique-Sacem de la musique de film for The tree Of Life

2012San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Argo and Moonrise Kingdom

2012Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Moonrise Kingdom

2012World Soundtrack Award (Best Original Film Score of the Year), for The Ides Of March

2012World Soundtrack Award (Soundtrack Composer of the Year), for A Better Life, Carnage, The King's Speech, Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Ides Of March

2011Critics' Choice Award (BFCA), for The King's Speech

2011European Film Award, for The King's Speech

2011Golden Globes, for The King's Speech

2011Hollywood Music In Media Award (HMMA), for The Ides of March

2011International Cinephile Society Award, for The Ghost Writer

2011International Film Music Critics Association Award, (Film composer of the year), for A Better Life, Carnage, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Ides of March, and The Tree of Life

2011International Film Music Critics Asociation Award, (Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film), for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2

2011Online Film & Television Association Award, for The Ghost Writer

2011Oscar (Academy Award), for The King's Speech

2011Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, for Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

2011Prix France Musique-Sacem de la musique de film, for The Ghost Writer

2011San Diego Film Critics Award, for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Tree of Life

2011St. Louis Film Critics Association Award, for The Tree of Life

2011World Soundtrack Award (Best Original Soundtrack of the Year), for The King's Speech

2010BAFTA (British Academy Award), for Fantastic Mr Fox

2010César (France), for A Prophet (Un prophète)

2010International Cinephile Society Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox

2010International Film Music Critics Association Award (Film Score Of The year),for The Ghost Writer and The King's Speech

2010International Film Music Critics Association Award (Best Original Score For a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film),for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

2010International Film Music Critics Association Award (Film Music Composition Of The Year), for "The Truth About Ruth" from The Ghost Writer

2010Oscar (Academy Award), for Fantastic Mr Fox

2010Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, for The Ghost Writer

2010Satellite Award, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

2010International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film), for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

2010Prix France Musique-Sacem de la musique de film, for The Army Of Crime (L'armée du crime)

2009Chicago Film Critics Association Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox

2009Critics' Choice Award (BFCA), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009European Film Award, for Coco Before Chanel

2009Grammy Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009International Cinephile Society Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Film Score Of The Year), for The Twilight Saga: New Moon

2009International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Film Composer Of The Year)

2009International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction Film), for The Twilight Saga: New Moon

2009International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score For An Animated Feature), for Fantastic Mr Fox

2009International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score for a Comedy Film), for Julie & Julia

2009Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox

2009Online Film Critics Society Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox

2009Online Film & Television Association Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009Oscar (Academy Award), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009Saturn Award (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Asian Films Award, for Lust, Caution (Se, Jie)

2008British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008César Award (France), for Intimate Enemies (L'Ennemi intime)

2008Chicago Film Critics Association Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Critics' Choice Award, for Lust, Caution

2008Etoile d'Or du Cinéma Français (France), for Intimate Enemies (L'Ennemi Intime)

2008Golden Globes, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008International Film Music Critics Association Award (IFMCA) (Best Original Score for a Drama Film) for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008International Film Music Critics Association Award (IFMCA) (Film Composer of the Year)

2008Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Movie Music UK Award (Score of the Year), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Movie Music UK Award (Composer of the Year)

2008Movie Music UK Award (Best Score – Thriller, Action or Adventure), for Largo Winch

2008Online Film Critics Society Award, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Online Film & Television Association Award, for Lust, Caution

2008World Soundtrack Award (Soundtrack Composer of the Year), for The Golden Compass

2008Movie Music UK Award, Best score / fantasy, science fiction or horror, for Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium

2007BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Arts Award), for The Queen

2007Chicago Film Critics Award, for Lust, Caution

2007International Film Music Critics Association Award (IFMCA) (Best Original Score for a Drama Film), for Lust, Caution (Se, Jie)

2007International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award (Film Score of the Year), for The Golden Compass, and Lust, Caution (Se, jie )

2007International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award (Best Original Score for a Drama Film), for Lust, Caution (Se, jie )

2007International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award (Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction), for Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium (with Aaron Zigman)

2007International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Award (Film Music Composition of the Year), for “Wong Chia Chi’s Theme” from Lust, Caution (Se, jie )

2007Movie Music UK Award, Score Of The Year and Best score/Drama, for Lust, Caution

2007Online Film & Television Association Award, for The Painted Veil

2007Oscar (Academy Award), for The Queen

2006Chicago Film Critics Award, for The Queen

2006Golden Globes, for Syriana

2006International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score for a Drama Film), for The Painted Veil, and The Queen

2005International Film Music Critics Asociation Award (Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure Film), for Hostage

2005Online Film & Television Association Award, for Birth

2004BAFTA (British Academy Film Award), for Girl With a Pearl Earring

2004European Film Award, for Girl With a Pearl Earring

2004Golden Globe, for Girl With a Pearl Earring

2004Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, for Birth

2004Online Film Critics Society Award, for Birth

2001César (France), for Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres)

1997César (France), for A Self Made Hero (Un héros très discret)

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