Desplat wins Composer of the Year award

Posted by · 6:02 pm · October 19th, 2009

Alexandre Desplat You’d be hard pressed to disagree that Alexandre Desplat is pretty much at the top of the game in contemporary film scoring. In addition to his genius (“Birth” looks likely to remain my favorite score of the decade), his prolificity is awe-inspiring. This year alone sees the Frenchman’s name on seven features, running the gamut from “Julie & Julia” to “A Prophet” to “Fantastic Mr. Fox” to the latest “Twilight” installment.

He seems bound to figure in the awards race for one film or another (“Cheri” would be my personal pick so far), so it’s a nice — if not terribly prescient — omen that he just won Composer of the Year at the 9th annual World Soundtrack Awards yesterday, as well as score of the year for his Oscar-nominated work on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

It’s a 2008-leaning list, with “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Reader” also resurfacing, though a Lifetime Achievement Award for Marvin Hamlisch is clearly a nod to “The Informant!”

The awards, handed out by the World Soundtrack Academy in Ghent, Belgium, an educational organization dedicated to the art of film music, don’t carry much weight to speak of, but since we’re having a day of small awards announcements, it’s a fun list of winners to add to the pile. Full list after the cut.

Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Coco Avant Chanel,” “Largo Winch,” “Cheri”)

Best Original Film Score of the YEar
Alexandre Deplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Best Original Song Written for a Film
A.R. Rahman (music), Gulzar and Tanvi Singh (lyrics), “Jai Ho” from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

Discovery of the Year
Nico Muhly, “The Reader”

Lifetime Achievement Award
Marvin Hamlisch

Public Choice Award
Carter Burwell, “Twilight”

Sabam Award for Best Young European Composter
Christopher Slaski




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  • 1 10-19-2009 at 6:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Totally agree with the Muhly toast. The only thing Id praise about The Reader.

  • 2 10-19-2009 at 6:18 pm

    Georgie said...

    When will people realize that O…Saya was a far superior song to Jai Ho? Or even some of the other songs… Jai Ho just doesn’t do it for me. And it was an end-credits song too!

    But congrats to Desplat. He definitely deserves it. Do they have TV score awards as well at the World Soundtrack Academy?

  • 3 10-19-2009 at 6:20 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    No, it’s specifically dedicated to film composing.

    And I totally agree about “O… Saya.”

  • 4 10-19-2009 at 6:59 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Birth had a fantastic score. Good thing it was a relatively weak year for film scores at the Oscars that year so Desplat was easily able to, oh wait…

  • 5 10-19-2009 at 7:05 pm

    Brian said...

    I think Giacchino is pushing Desplat for the rights to best working composer.

    Desplat’s totally going to carry New Moon to a nom, isn’t he?

  • 6 10-19-2009 at 8:12 pm

    Marshall said...

    YES! YES! YES!

    I love Desplat and “Postcards” from “Benjamin Button” is the top played song on my iPod. Most beautiful score ever, cheated out of an Oscar victory by Slumdog Syndrome.

  • 7 10-19-2009 at 9:31 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    notice carter burwells nom, foreshadowing? wild things has the best score of the year so far imo

  • 8 10-19-2009 at 10:20 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I thought Twilight was absolutely not popular in Europe. Apparently I was wrong. That public choice is just odd.

  • 9 10-19-2009 at 10:35 pm

    Glenn said...

    I wouldn’t just stop at calling Desplat’s “Birth” score the best of the decade if you know what I mean…

  • 10 10-20-2009 at 6:29 am

    Chris said...

    I’ve loved Desplat’s work for a long, long time, and I think 2009’s been an impressive year for him again with his splendid work on “Coco Avant Chanel” and “A Prophet”, as well as his solid job on “Chéri” and “Julie & Julia”.

    Sadly I refuse to watch “New Moon”, so I won’t know what he’ll be doing there.

  • 11 10-20-2009 at 10:21 pm

    Glenn said...

    Well, you don’t need to SEE “New Moon” to hear his soundtrack. iTunes is here for a reason. I personally like knowing that throngs of 16-year-old girls will have some Alexandre Desplat music on their iPod. Maybe.

  • 12 10-21-2009 at 5:45 am

    Chris said...

    Well, to me it’s still vital to know what the music is saying in context. And so, even if I’ll listen to it on iTunes, that won’t be good enough for me.