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Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat

After composing the music for over fifty European films and being nominated for two Cesar Awards, Alexandre Desplat, burst onto the Hollywood scene with his evocative 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 (starring Nicole Kidman). Following in close succession, Alexandre composed the scores to The Upside of Anger (starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner), Hostage (starring Bruce Willis and directed by Florent Siri) and Lasse Holström's Casanova (starring Heath Ledger and Jeremy Irons). More recently, Alexandre lent his talents to Stephen Gaghan's film Syriana (produced by Steven Soderbergh; starring Matt Damon and George Clooney), which earned him another Golden Globe nomination, and Firewall (starring Harrison Ford and directed by Richard Loncraine). Recently, he completed the score to The Queen (directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren). After The Painted Veil, his next score will be for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, 2007).

Balancing his busy Hollywood schedule, Alexandre still makes time to lend his talents to a select number of European films, his most recent score for De Battre Mon Coeur S'Est Arrete (The Beat that My Heart Skipped), earned him a Silver Bear Award for Best Score at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005 and a Cesar award at the Cesar Awards in 2006.

Alexandre's Greek mother and French father met while attending College at Berkeley in the United States. 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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Alexandre Desplat Facts

BirthdayAugust 23, 1961 (59)
BirthplaceParis, France
Awards2007 Golden Globe Awards: Best Original Score (for The Painted Veil)

Selected Filmography

Julie & Julia
Tutti I Battiti Del Mio Cuore
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
The Queen
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