Alexandre Desplat has won the award for Best Original Score at this year’s Oscars, which took place in LA last night.
He took the prize for his work on Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, beating Hans Zimmer’s score for Interstellar and Johann Johannsson’s for The Theory of Everything.
Having previously received seven nominations for his scores including The King’s Speech and Argo, this is the French composer’s first Academy Award win. This year’s Oscars saw Desplat nominated twice, with his score for The Imitation Game also receiving a nomination in the Best Original Score category.
Desplat has composed music for over 100 films, both in France and in Hollywood. In 2003, he earned his big break with the soundtrack for Peter Webber’s film Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Since then, he has achieved overwhelming success as a film composer in Hollywood writing music for a wide variety of films. This awards season has seen Desplat’s score for The Grand Budapest Hotel receive not only an Oscar, but also awards from the BAFTAs and the Grammy Awards. When accepting his Oscar, the composer thanked Hollywood for a ‘beauitful decade’ as well as dedicating the award to his violinist wife, saying ‘You made everything happen for me’.
The Best Original Song award went to John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for their song ‘Glory’ from the film Selma and was accepted on the night by John Legend.
Other winners included Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor) for The Theory of Everything and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Best Director) for Birdman.