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Alexandre Desplat previously composed the original score for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, which brought him his third of four Academy Award nominations.
In January 2007, Mr. 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.
He has since been an Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Golden Globe Award nominee for his scores for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech. The latter score earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Music.
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 multiple César (France’s equivalent of the Oscar) Award nominations, including for scoring Jacques Audiard’s Un héros très discret [a.k.a. A Self-Made Hero], Sur mes lèvres [a.k.a. Read My Lips], and Un prophète. Mr. Desplat won the César, and a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, for scoring Mr. Audiard’s De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté [The Beat That My Heart Skipped]. He also won the César for scoring Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer.
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; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana, for which he was again a Golden Globe Award nominee; Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, also for Focus Features; Chris Weitz’s The Golden Compass, [The Twilight Saga:] New Moon, and A Better Life; Stephen Frears’ Chéri and Tamara Drewe; Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia; David Yates’ two Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films; George Clooney’s The Ides of March; Roman Polanski’s Carnage; Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.