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

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

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

2012Soundtrack Geek Award, for Moonrise Kingdom

2012Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, for Moonrise Kingdom

2012International Press Academy Satellite Award, for Argo

2011Grammy Award, for The King's Speech (Decca)

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

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

2011World Soundtrack Award, Soundtrack Composer of the Year for A Better Life, Tamara Drewe, The Burma Conspiracy, The King's Speech, The Tree Of Life, The Well Digger's Daughter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, and "Best Original Soundtrack of the Year" for The King's Speech

2011Harry Warren Award at "Sonora, Una Musica per il Cinema" festival (Italy) for The King's Speech

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

2011International Film Music Critics' Award: Alexandre Desplat Film Composer Of The Year 2010, Best Original Score For a Drama Film for The King's Speech and Best Original Score For an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film" for The Ghost Writer

2011César (France), for The Ghost Writer

2011Sammy Award for film music CD, for The King's Speech

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

2010World Soundtrack Awards, Best Original Soundtrack of the Year" for Fantastic Mr Fox", and Soundtrack Composer of the Year for The Ghost Writer, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twilight Saga - New Moon and Julie and Julia

2010Etoile D'Or du Compositeur de Musique Originale de Films Français, Académie de la Presse du Cinéma Français (France), for A Prophet, The Army Of Crime, Afterwards, Coco Before Chanel and Cheri

2010Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for The Ghost Writer

2010European Film Award for The Ghost Writer

2009 Alexandre Desplat receives the Golden Alexander for his career in film music at 2009 Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece)

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

2009Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Award

2009World Soundtrack Academy Awards Alexandre Desplat Film Composer of the Year and Best Film Score of the Year for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009Sammy Award for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing
at 20th Palm Springs International Film Festival

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

2008Film Music Critics Association Awards (IFMCA) "Film Score of the Year" et "Best Original Score for a Drama Film" for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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

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

2007Movie Music UK Award, Film Composer of the Year

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

2007Film Music Critics Association Awards(IFMCA), Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Score for Fantasy-Science Fiction for The Golden Compass

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

2007European Film Academy Award (EFA), for The Queen

2007World Soundtrack Award, for The Queen and The Painted Veil

2007BMI London Film Music Award for The Queen, The Painted Veil

2007Golden Globe Award, for The Painted Veil

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

2006César Award (France), for The Beat My Heart Skipped

2006, Académie de la Presse du Cinéma Français, (France), Etoile D'Or du Compositeur de Musique Originale de Films Français for The Beat My Heart Skipped

2005Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for The Beat My Heart Skipped

Nominations

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

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

2014César (French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques), for Venus In Fur

2014Oscar (Academy Award), for Philomena

2013Grammy Award (Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media), for Argo et Zero Dark Thirty

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

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

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

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

2013Oscar (Academy Award) for Argo

2013British Academy Film Award (BAFTA), for Argo

2012London Critics' Circle Film Award, The Sky 3D Award for Rust and Bone

2012Critics' Choice Movie Award for Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and
Moonrise Kingdom

2012Golden Globe for Argo

2012Chicago Film critics Award for Argo

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

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

2011International Film Music Critics Awards, "Film composer of the year" and "Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film" for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow - Part 2

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

2011Grammy Awards, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow - Part 2 (WaterTower Music) and The King's Speech (Decca)

2011European Academy Awards, for The King's Speech

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

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

2011International Cinephile Society Awards, for The Ghost Writer

2011International Film Music Critics Awards7 nominations: "Film Composer Of The Year", "Film Score Of The year" and "Best Original Score For a Drama Film" for The King's Speech, "Film Score Of The year", "Best Original Score For an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film" for The Ghost Writer, "Film Music Composition Of The Year" for "The Truth About Ruth" from The Ghost Writer, "Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film" for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - part 1

2011Oscars (Academy Awards), for The King's Speech

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

2011Golden Globes, for The King's Speech

2011Prix France Musique-Sacem de la musique de film, for The Army Of Crime

2010Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, pour Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

2010Satellite Awards, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1"

2010César (France), for A Prophet

2010Oscars (Academy Awards), for Fantastic Mr Fox

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

2010Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, for The Ghost Writer

2009Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, for Fantastic Mr Fox

2009Online Film Critics Society Awards, for Fantastic Mr Fox

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

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

2009Grammy Awards, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2009European Film Awards, for Coco Before Chanel

2008Annual Saturn Awards, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

2008Oscars (Academy Awards), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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

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

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

2008Golden Globes, for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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

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

2008Etoiles d'Or du Cinéma Français (France), for L'Ennemi Intime

2008World Soundtrack Awards, for The Golden Compass

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

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

2008Asian Films Awards 2008, for Lust, Caution

2008Césars (France), for L'Ennemi Intime

2008Critics' Choice Awards, for Lust, Caution

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

2007Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Awards, 7 Nominations: film score of the year, film composer of the year...

2007Chicago Film Critics Awards, for Lust, Caution

2007Oscars (Academy Awards), for The Queen

2007British Academy Film Awards, for The Queen

2006Chicago Film Critics Awards, for The Queen

2006Golden Globes, for Syriana

2004Online Film Critics Society Awards, for Birth

2004European Film Awards, for Girl With a Pearl Earring

2004Golden Globes, for Girl With a Pearl Earring

2004Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, for Birth

2004British Academy Film Awards, for Girl With a Pearl Earring

2001Césars (France), for Read My Lips

1997Césars (France), for Self Made Hero

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