28 Facts About Alexandre Desplat


Alexandre Michel Gerard Desplat is a French film composer and conductor.


Alexandre Desplat has won many awards, including two Academy Awards, three Cesar, three BAFTA, two Golden Globe Award, and two Grammy nominations.


In 2016, Desplat was made both an Officer of the Ordre national du Merite and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.


Alexandre Desplat has received two Academy Awards for Best Original Score for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water.


Alexandre Desplat received nominations for his work on The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr Fox, The King's Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Imitation Game, Isle of Dogs, and Little Women.


Alexandre Desplat's father, Jacques Desplat, was a Frenchman originally from Sarlat-la-Caneda.


Alexandre Desplat's mother, Katie Ladopoulou, is a Greek poet originally from Athens.


Alexandre Desplat's parents had met in the United States while they were both students at the University of California, Berkeley.


Alexandre Desplat has two older sisters, Marie-Christine and Rosalinda.


Alexandre Desplat began playing the piano at the age of five.


Alexandre Desplat later picked up the trumpet, before switching to flute at nine.


Alexandre Desplat developed an early appreciation for film music, courtesy of the movie soundtracks his parents brought back from the United States.


Alexandre Desplat began collecting Bernard Herrmann's Hitchcock soundtracks as a teen and eventually decided to pursue a career as a film composer after hearing John Williams's Star Wars score in 1977.


Alexandre Desplat studied at the Conservatoire de Paris under Claude Ballif.


Alexandre Desplat has composed individual songs that have been sung in films by such artists as Akhenaton, Kate Beckinsale, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Valerie Lemercier, Miosotis and Catherine Ringer.


Alexandre Desplat has written music for the theatre, including pieces performed at the Comedie Francaise.


Alexandre Desplat has conducted performances of his music played by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.


Alexandre Desplat has given Master Classes at La Sorbonne in Paris and the Royal College of Music in London.


Alexandre Desplat won the 2007 BMI Film Music Award, 2007 World Soundtrack Award, 2007 European Film Award, and received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score for The Queen.


Alexandre Desplat won the Silver Berlin Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Film Music in The Beat that My Heart Skipped.


In 2008, Alexandre Desplat received his second Oscar nomination for David Fincher's Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


Alexandre Desplat received his third Oscar nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Fantastic Mr Fox in 2010, both of which were won by Michael Giacchino for Up.


Alexandre Desplat reunited with director David Yates, who offered Desplat the opportunity to score the second part after his work on the Part 1 soundtrack in 2010 "enchanted everyone in the control room".


Alexandre Desplat started 2012 with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the Florent Emilio Siri-directed biopic Cloclo, and DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians.


Alexandre Desplat received a sixth Oscar nomination for his score to Philomena, which marked his fourth collaboration with director Stephen Frears.


Alexandre Desplat wrote five major scores during 2014, with The Grand Budapest Hotel winning him his first Academy Award.


On 16 March 2015, It was announced that Alexandre Desplat would be composing the first anthology film of the new Disney Star Wars films, called Rogue One.


Alexandre Desplat has received many awards and nominations for his work including two Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.