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February 27, 2018 | ForbesInterview

Oscars 2018: Alexandre Desplat Talks Del Toro's The Shape of Water | by Simon Thompson

Alexandre Desplat is one of the most prolific composers working in Hollywood today and he’s just days away from a potential second Oscar win. His work on Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which has 13 Academy Award nominations and has taken $111.14 million at the worldwide box office so far, has already won Desplat, among other awards, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The composer is hoping that he’ll be adding an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) to the pile on March 4, 2018. I caught up with Desplat to talk about how he’s feeling in the final run-up to the Oscars, his relationship with del Toro, his first landmark payday and why his awards are as much about inspiration as they are about recognition.

February 22, 2018 | IFMCAAward

International Film Music Critics Association Award Winner 2017 : 'Composer Of The Year'

Composer Alexandre Desplat is named Composer of the Year, him having written at least four outstanding works spanning multiple genres in the past year. His work in 2017 included director Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski. IFMCA member James Southall said that The Shape of Water was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a “sonic marvel of extremely intelligent rendering” and an “unparalleled execution of orchestral textures” featuring “composition of demanding complexity.” Desplat received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. This marks the third time Desplat has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2017 and 2014.

February 20, 2018 | DeadlineInterview

The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For The Shape of Water: Crew Call Podcast | by Anthony D'Alessandro

Alexandre Desplat and Guillermo del Toro at Abbey Road Studios, London
Alexandre Desplat with Guillermo del Toro at The Shape of Water score session at Abbey Road in London. Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Composer Alexandre Desplat is named Composer of the Year, him having written at least four outstanding works spanning multiple genres in the past year. His work in 2017 included director Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski. IFMCA member James Southall said that The Shape of Water was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a “sonic marvel of extremely intelligent rendering” and an “unparalleled execution of orchestral textures” featuring “composition of demanding complexity.” Desplat received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. This marks the third time Desplat has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2017 and 2014.

February 8, 2018 | International Film Music Critics AssociationAward

Nominations at International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) for 2017:
'Composer Of The Year', 'Film Score Of the Year' for The Shape of Water, and 'Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film' for The Shape of Water and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

56-year old Frenchman Alexandre Desplat is nominated for his work on two scores – director Guillermo Del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” and director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – and is one of the five nominees for Composer of the Year. IFMCA member James Southall said that “The Shape of Water” was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. Desplat previously received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. His other major scores in 2017 include director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski.