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Alexandre Desplat
Biographical information
Born

August 23, 1961; Paris, France

Gender

Male

Eye color

Brown

Hair color

Dark brown

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Alexandre Desplat is a French composer. He composed the score for the film New Moon.[1]

Biography

Desplat was born to a French father and Greek mother who met at UC Berkeley, California. After their marriage, they moved to France where Alexandre was born. The multilingual Alexandre was classically trained, but fed a constant diet of American Jazz and Hollywood movie scores. These influences have been fused in his music to create a fresh and unique, new voice in film music. At the age of five, he began playing piano and also became proficient on trumpet and flute. He studied with Claude Ballif and Iannis Xenakis in France, and Jack Hayes in the USA. Desplat's musical interests were wide and he was also influenced by South American and African artists and teachers, among whom were Carlinhos Brown and Ray Lema. Desplat swiftly became skilled not only as a performer but also as a composer.

Career

After composing the music for over 50 European films and being nominated for 2 César Awards, Desplat burst onto the Hollywood scene with his score to Girl With the Pearl Earring (2003), which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards.

His reputation was solidified by his critically acclaimed score to Jonathan Glazier's film Birth, followed in close succession by the scores to The Upside of Anger, Hostage, and Stephen Gaghan's film Syriana, which earned him another Golden Globe nomination. The Queen got him his first Academy Awards nomination in 2007 and he has won the 2007 Golden Globe for his score to The Painted Veil.

In 2008, he wrote the music for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Golden Compass, Lust Caution. Desplat still lends his talents to a select number of European films. His score for De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrêté (The Beat that My Heart Skipped) earned him a Silver Bear Award for Best Score at the Berlin Film Festival and a César Award in 2006.

Desplat's recent projects include Largo Winch, based on the Belgian comic; a French-Canadian psychological thriller film directed by Gilles Bourdos in English; Anne Fontaine's Coco Avant Chanel based on the life of designer Coco Chanel; Robert Guédiguian's L'Armée du Crime; Cheri, reuniting him with director Stephen Frears, whom he collaborated with on The Queen; Un Prophète, reuniting with director Jacques Audiard; Julie & Julia, directed by Nora Ephron; Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Wes Anderson and based on the novel by Roald Dahl; and New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz.

Awards and nominations

Awards

Year Award Film Where
Hollywood Film Composer Award 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards
2009 Film Composer of the Year and Best Film Score of the Year The Curious Case of Benjamin Button World Soundtrack Academy Awards
Best New Film Score The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button the 21st Annual Sammy Awards
Frederick Loewe Award 20th Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best Original Score The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button 7th Annual Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards
2008 Best Original Score The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
2008 Grand Prix de la musique pour l'audiovisuel SACEM (France)
2007 Film Composer of the Year Movie Music UK Awards
2007 Score of the Year and Best Original Score Fantasy/Science Fiction The Golden Compass Movie Music UK Awards
2007 Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Score for Fantasy-Science Fiction The Golden Compass Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA)
2007 Best Film Music Lust, Caution Soundtracks.pl
2007 Best Original Film Score Lust, Caution the 44e Golden Horse Awards Competition (Taiwan)
2007 European Composer The Queen European Film Academy (EFA)
2007 Film Composer of the Year The Queen and The Painted Veil Ghent Film Festival
2007 The Queen and The Painted Veil BMI London Film Music Awards
2007 Best Original Score The Painted Veil Golden Globe Award
2006 Best Music 'The Queen and The Painted Veil' Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
2006 César The Beat My Heart Skipped (France)
2006 Etoiles de la presse The Beat My Heart Skipped (France)
2005 Silver Bear for Best Score The Beat My Heart Skipped the Berlin Film Festival

Nominations

Year Award Film Where
Best Music The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button the 35th Annual Saturn Awards
Best Original Score The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button the 81st Academy Awards
2009 Best Music The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA)
2008 Film Score of the Year and Best Original Score for a Drama Film The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button International Film Music Critics Association Awards (IFMCA)
2008 Film Composer of the Year International Film Music Critics Association Awards (IFMCA)
2008 Best Score The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button the Golden Globes
2008 Best Original Score The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Best Composer The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button the 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards
2007 Best score in a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror movie for Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium Movie Music UK Awards
2007 Score Of The Year and Best Drama Score Lust, Caution Movie Music UK Awards
2008 Lust, Caution Asian Films Awards
2008 Césars L'Ennemi Intime
7 Nominations 4th Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA)
2007 Lust Caution Critics Choice Awards
2007 Lust Caution Chicago Film Critics Awards
2007 The Queen Oscars (Academy Awards)
2007 The Queen British Academy Film Awards
2006 Best Original Score The Queen Chicago Film Critics Awards
2006 Syriana Golden Globes
2004 Girl With a Pearl Earring the Golden Globes, BAFTAS and European Film Awards
1997 Césars Self Made Hero (France)
2001 Césars Read My Lips (France)

Filmography

Year Film
1986 Le souffleur Franck Le Witta
1988 Ki lo sa?
1989 William Tell
1991 In the Name of the Father and the Son
Lapse of Memory (Mémoire traquée)
Family Express
1992 The Weaker Sexes! (Sexes faibles!)
1993 The Advocate (The Hour of the Pig)
Le Tronc
1994 Innocent Lies (Les péchés mortels)
Marie-Louise ou la permission
See How They Fall
1995 Lucky Punch (Le montreur de boxe)
Les Milles
Those Were the Days (Le plus bel âge)
1996 Love, etc
Death in Therapy (Passage à l'acte)
A Self-Made Hero (Un héros très discret)
Le Cri de la soie
1997 Une chance sur deux
La femme du cosmonaute
Sous les pieds des femmes
The Revengers' Comedies
1998 Toni
Atilano, presidente
Restons groupés
Une minute de silence
1999 Rien à faire
A Monkey's Tale (Le Château des singes)
C'est pas ma faute!
Vive nous!
2000 Barnie's Minor Annoyances
The Luzhin Defence
Home Sweet Home
Amazon (Amazone)
2001 The Nest (Nid de guêpes)
Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres)
A Hell of a Day (Reines d'un jour)'
Transfixed (Mauvais genres)
Doors of Glory (Les portes de la gloire)
Bad Karma
2002 September 11
Tristan
Le pacte du silence
Laughter and Punishment (Rire et châtiment)
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring
A Sight for Sore Eyes (Inquiétudes)
Stormy Weather
Eager Bodies (Les corps impatients)
2004 Hostage
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Birth
The Upside of Anger
L'enquête corse
Tu vas rire mais je te quitte
2005 Firewall
Syriana
Casanova
Une aventure
The Alibi
2006 The Painted Veil
The Queen
Quand j'étais chanteur
The Valet (La Doublure)
2007 The Golden Compass
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
L'ennemi intime
Lust, caution (Se, jie)
Ségo et Sarko sont dans un bateau
Michou d'Auber
2008 Cheri
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Largo Winch
Afterwards
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The army of crime (L'armée du crime)
Un Prophète
Coco avant Chanel
Julie & Julia
2010 The Ghost Writer
The Special Relationship
Tamara Drewe
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The King's Speech
2011 The Tree of Life
A Better Life
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

References

  1. Alex Billington (2009-04-24). Alexandre Desplat is Scoring Twilight Saga: New Moon?!. First Showing. Retrieved on 2009-05-22.

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