: (updated 2009-01-25)
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.
After composing the music for over 50 European films and being nominated for 2 César 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), followed in close succession by the scores to THE UPSIDE OF ANGER (starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner), HOSTAGE (starring Bruce Willis and directed by Florent Siri) and Stephen Gaghan's film SYRIANA (Produced by Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon), which earned him another Golden Globe nomination.
THE QUEEN (directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren) got him his first Academy Awards nomination in 2007 and he has won the 2007 Golden Globe for his score to THE PAINTED VEIL (starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts).
In 2008, he has written the music for MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman), THE GOLDEN COMPASS (starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig), which is the first movie based upon the beloved trilogy, HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman, and for Academy Award winner, director Ang Lee‘s film LUST CAUTION.
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 ARRÊTÉ ('The Beat that My Heart Skipped') earned him a Silver Bear Award for Best Score at the Berlin Film Festival and a César Award in 2006.