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In January 2007, Alexandre Desplat won the Golden Globe Award for his score for John Curran's The Painted Veil; he was also simultaneously nominated for his score to Stephen Frears' The Queen. He was subsequently an Academy Award nominee for his score for the latter film. His scores for both films earned him the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Best Music award.
Mr. Desplat is a classically trained musician, and fuses that knowledge with his love of American jazz and classic movie scores in the film scores that he composes.
He has composed the music for over four dozen European films, earning two César (France's equivalent of the Oscar) Award nominations, for Jacques Audiard's Un héros très discret [a.k.a. A Self-Made Hero] and Sur mes lèvres [a.k.a. Read My Lips]. Mr. Desplat won the César, and a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, for scoring Mr. Audiard's most recent film, De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté [The Beat That My Heart Skipped].
Mr. Desplat first came to U.S. film industry attention with his score for Peter Webber's Girl with a Pearl Earring. The latter earned him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and European Film Award nominations. His subsequent scores have included the ones for Jonathan Glazer's Birth; Mike Binder's The Upside of Anger; Florent Siri's Hostage; and Stephen Gaghan's Syriana, for which he was again a Golden Globe Award nominee.
He continues to score both U.S. and international features, and is currently completing work on Chris Weitz' globally anticipated The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.