Alexandre Desplat

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Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
Born August 23, 1961
Paris, France
First work Ki lo sa? (1985)
Notable work The King's Speech (2010)

Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat (アレクサンドル・デスプラ,   Arekusandoru Desupura) is a French film composer. He composed the score for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.


ALEXANDRE DESPLAT (Composer) is a six-time Academy Award® nominee, who has created the music for a wide range of films. He received his most recent Oscar® nomination this year for the score for Stephen Frears’ critically acclaimed “Philomena,” which also received an Oscar® nod for Best Picture.

Desplat was previously nominated for composing the music for Ben Affleck’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” for which he also collected BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. He also scored another Best Picture Oscar® winner for “The King’s Speech,” again earning BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well.

Additionally, he garnered Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for his score for the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox”; Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; and Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for Stephen Frears’ “The Queen.”

Desplat also won a Golden Globe Award for John Curran’s “The Painted Veil,” and received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana” and Peter Webber’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”

In his native France, Desplat won the César Award for his scores for “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Rider,” and, most recently, for “Rust and Bone.” Desplat has earned five more César Award nominations, including one for the Oscar®-nominated 2009 French film “A Prophet,” and this year for Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur.” Desplat also scored the music for Best Picture Oscar® nominees “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “The Tree of Life.”

His other recent film work includes “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Reality”; the animated “Rise of the Guardians”; and George Clooney’s “Monument’s Men.”

Among his other credits are Clooney’s “The Ides of March”; Polanski’s “Carnage”; the two-film finale of the Harry Potter film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2”; Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”; Chris Weitz’ “A Better Life”; “The Twilight Saga New Moon”; “The Golden Compass”; “Tamara Drewe”; Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia”; and Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution.”

The Parisian-born musician began playing piano at age five. He later added the flute and trumpet to his musical repertoire, studying music in both France and the United States with such mentors as Claude Ballif, Iannis Xenakis and Jack Hayes. His influences also include Brazilian Carlinhos Brown and the Congloese musician, Ray Lema.

幅広いジャンルの映画の音楽を手がけ、これまでに『クィーン』(06)、『ベンジャミン・バトン 数奇な人生』(08)、アニメ『ファンタスティック Mr.FOX』(09)、アカデミー賞作品賞受賞の『英国王のスピーチ』(10)、同じく作品賞受賞作『アルゴ』(12)、『あなたを抱きしめる日まで』(13)にてアカデミー賞作曲賞に6度ノミネートされている。また、祖国フランスでは、『真夜中のピアニスト』(05)、ロマン・ポランスキー監督の『ゴーストライター』(10)、そして最近では『君と歩く世界』(12)の音楽でセザール賞を受賞している。

Selected filmography


WaterTower Music video on Godzilla
Time-lapse of Alexandre Desplat conducting the score for Godzilla
Hey U Guys interview


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