Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the most coveted film composers in the world today. Desplat is noted for his collaborations with some of the world’s top filmmakers: Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Stephen Daldry, David Fincher, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, Terrence Malick, Roman Polanski and Angelina Jolie garnering nine Academy Award nominations.
Desplat first captivated American ears with The Girl With The Pearl Earring and Birth. The two-time Golden Globe and Oscar winner has since scored a range of incredible films, eight of which have been Oscar-nominated: The Queen, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Imitation Game and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel which won the 2015 Oscar for Best Score. Desplat’s thematic score to Guillermo Del Toro’s film, The Shape of Water garnered a 2018 Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a 2019 Grammy nomination, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Most recently, Desplat scored Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women which was nominated for a 2020 Golden Globe and was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Desplat’s work includes Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, his second collaboration with Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), The Danish Girl, Illumination Entertainment’s box office smash hit, The Secret Life Of Pets as well as the sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2, Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep, Touchstone’s The Light Between Oceans starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo Del Toro’s, George Clooney’s comedy crime feature, Suburbicon and Fox Searchlight’s animation adventure-comedy, and Isle of Dogs directed by Wes Anderson, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score and was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Original Score. Desplat’s other recent work includes Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal and MGM’s Operation Finale directed by Chris Weitz.
Born to a Greek mother and French father, Desplat grew up in France with a budding love for Hollywood film music, and broke into the French film industry in the 1980s. With a penchant for lyricism, elegant orchestrations, and precise dramatization, Desplat has quickly joined the pantheon of all-time greats. “I was in a car with a friend who had offered me a double vinyl of Star Wars,” Desplat remembers. “It might have been ’78. He gave me this record, and I remember having said to him, “Hmm. ‘Music composed and conducted by John Williams.’ That’s what I want to do.” And that’s what I’m doing.”