Alexandre Desplat

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Composer, orchestrator and conductor, Academy Award winner, Alexandre Desplat, eight-time Academy Award Nominee, with over hundred scores and numerous awards to his credit is one of the most worthy heirs of the French film scoring masters.

A true cinephile, his approach to film composition is not only based on his strong musicality, but also on his understanding of Cinema, which allows him to intimately communicate with directors. Inspired by the works of Maurice Jarre, Bernard Herrmann, Nino Rota or Georges Delerue, he expressed his desire to compose for Cinema early on but really made his decision after listening to John Williams’s score to Star Wars.

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, to World Music and to Jazz. He studied piano and trumpet before choosing the flute as main instrument and enriched his classical musical education by studying Brazilian and African Music, which later will lead him to record with Carlinhos Brown and Ray Lema. While composing for Cinema and Television he started writing a lot for Theater companies such as La Comédie Française, which allowed him to understand the importance of dramaturgy and how to adapt carefully his music to actors performances.

During the recording of his first feature film, he met a rare violinist, Dominique "Solrey" Lemonnier, starting an exceptional artistic exchange. She became his favorite soloist, concertmaster, artistic director and wife. With her special sense of interpretation and her creative spirit, she has inspired Desplat’s compositions, influencing his music at its core. Together they have created a new way of using for the strings in film music.

After scoring 50 European films, with legendary French directors such as Philippe de Broca or Francis Girod, he burst in 2003 onto the Hollywood scene with his evocative score to Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring which earned him nominations at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and European Film Awards. His singular and remarkable scores for the films of Jacques Audiard showed a new musical voice and his composition for The Beat That My Heart Skipped in 2005 earned him the Silver Bear at the Berlinale as well as his first César.

Alexandre Desplat then started to expand his U.S. career keeping his European collaborations by composing for Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana, Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, Florent Siri’s Hostage, and Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet.

In 2007 he received his first Academy Award nomination for Stephen FrearsThe Queen which earned him 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 his score to John Curran’s The Painted Veil, performed by Lang Lang.

He composed in 2008 for Florent Siri’s Intimate Enemy, Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which earned him a second Oscar nomination and a fourth BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination.

With his score for Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer in 2010, starting an inspiring relationship, 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, Anne Fontaine’s Coco Before Chanel and for Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech for which he won the BAFTA, the Grammy Award and receives his fourth Academy Award nomination and his fifth Golden Globes nomination.

In 2010-2011 Alexandre Desplat scored 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. As eclectic as prolific he wrote nine score in 2011 including Terence Malik’s 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, keeping his artistic exchange with European directors, Alexandre Desplat collaborated with Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Matteo Garrone for Reality, Gilles Bourdos for Renoir, Jérôme 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 FrearsPhilomena, for which he received his seventh BAFTA and his fifth Oscar nominations.

In 2014 he scored Gareth Edwards’s blockbuster Godzilla, and received a rare double Academy Award nomination for his scores of Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which earned him a BAFTA, a Grammy and his first Oscar.

Member of the jury at the Festival de Cannes 2012, he became the first composer President of the Jury at the Mostra di Venezia in 2014. Celebrating their longtime partnership he has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for a concert of his works at the Barbican Theater in London in December 2014.

In contention

2015Saturn Award (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films), for Godzilla

Awards

2015Oscar (Academy Award), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015BAFTA (British Academy Film Award), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015BMI Icon Award for outstanding career achievement

2015Grammy Award, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015International Online Film Critics' Poll (IOFCP), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015Italian Online Movie Award (IOMA), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015Gold Medal in the Arts (Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts)

2014Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

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

2014Houston Film Critics Society Award , for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA), Composer of the Year

2014International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA), Best Original Score For A Comedy Film, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014Premio CononneSonore.net (Italy), Migliore Compositore Straniero

2014Premio della Critica - Soundtrack Stars Critics Award (Venice International Film Festival, Italy)

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

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

2011Satellite Award (International Press Academy), for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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

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)

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

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

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

2008International Film 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

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

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

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

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

2015Oscar (Academy Award), for The Imitation Game

2015Chlotrudis Award (Chlotrudis Society For Independent Film), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015Cinema Bloggers Award (Portugal), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015Critics' Choice Award, for The Imitation Game

2015Críticos de Cinema Online Portugueses Awards (CCOP), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015Golden Globe Award Award, for The Imitation Game

2015International Cinephile Society Award (ICSA), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015AwardsWatch’s International Online Cinema Award (INOCA), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2015International Online Film Critics' Poll (IOFCP), for The Imitation Game

2015Iowa Film Critics Awards, for The Imitation Game

2014Awards Circuit Community Award (ACCA), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

2014Chicago Film Critics Association Award , for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game

2014Denver Film Critics Society Award, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014Eda Award (Alliance of Women Film Journalists), for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

2014Hollywood Music In Media Award (Hollywood Music In Media Association), for The Imitation Game

2014The Houston Film Critics Society Award, for The Imitation Game

2014Indiwire Critics' Poll (ICP), pour The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014International Film Music Critics Award, Film Score of the Year, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014International Film Music Critics Award, Best Original Score For A Drama Film, for The Imitation Game and The Monuments Men

2014International Film Music Critics Award, Best Original Score For A Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film, for Godzilla

2014Indiana Film Journalists Association Award, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014Online Film & Television Association Award, for Philomena

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

2014Oscar (Academy Award), for Philomena

2014Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, for The Imitation Game

2014Premio ColonneSonore.net (Italy), for Godzilla, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Monuments Men

2014San Diego Film Critics Society Award, for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game

2014Satellite Award (International Press Academy), for The Imitation Game

2014St. Louis Film Critics Association Award, for The Grand Budapest Hotel

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)

2013Italian Online Movie Award (IOMA), for Argo and Moonrise Kingdom

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

2013Orły (Polish Film Award), for Carnage

2013Oscar (Academy Award), for Argo

2013Satellite Award (International Press Academy), for Philomena

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

2012Denver Film Critics Society Award, for Argo

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 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

2012Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA), for The Tree Of Life

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

2012Satellite Award (International Press Academy), for Argo

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

2011ACCA (Awards Circuit Community Award), for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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

2011The Houston Film Critics Society Award, for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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

2011Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA), for The King's Speech

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

2011Satellite Award (International Press Academy), for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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

2010Awards Circuit Community Award (ACCA), for The King's Speech

2010British Academy Award (BAFTA), 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

2010Online Film Critics Society Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox

2010Oscar (Academy Award), for Fantastic Mr Fox

2010Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, for The Ghost Writer

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

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

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

2009Houston Film Critics Society Award, for Fantastic Mr Fox

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 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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

2008Awards Circuit Community Award (ACCA), for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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

2008BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award), 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

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

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

2008International Online Cinema Award, for Lust, Caution

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

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

2008Movie Music UK Award, Best score - Fantasy, Science fiction or Horror, for Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium (with Aaron Zigman)

2008Movie Music UK Award, Composer of the Year

2008Movie Music UK Award, Score of the Year, 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

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

2007Chicago Film Critics Award, for Lust, Caution

2007Houston Film Critics Society Award, for Lust, Caution (Se, Jie)

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

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

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

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

2005International Film Music Critics Asociation Award , Film Composer of the Year

2005Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, for Birth

2005Online Film & Television Association Award, for Birth

2005Online Film Critics Society 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 Award, for Girl With a Pearl Earring

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

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

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