Desplat’s Sixth Golden Globe nomination
Desplat scores five of the Best Picture nominees
ARGO-The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available Now on WaterTower Records
(West Hollywood, CA) December 13, 2012 – Film composer Alexandre Desplat receives Golden Globe nomination for Argo; this marks the composer’s sixth Golden Globe nomination with one win. Desplat also scored this year, five of the Best Picture nominees in various categories. Desplat said from his studio in Paris, “It is an honor to be nominated again by the HFPA. Writing the score for Argo was a rare experience. I wish to thank Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Chay Carter for taking me on-board their flight to Iran. I want to share this nomination with the brilliant musicians from all over the world who performed on my score.” In addition to best score, Argo received five nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best screenplay.
The film’s director Ben Affleck said, “We needed to find a theme that we would use throughout—obviously different instrumentation and tempo, but still the same piece of music.” He turned to composer Alexandre Desplat. “Desplat was amazing at crafting an atypical score, incorporating uncommon instruments, many Middle Eastern in origin. It doesn’t feel too literal or cliché, but he created a sound that instantly puts you in that place.”
A four-time Academy Award® nominee, Desplat received his most recent Oscar® nod for his score for the Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech,” for which he also won a BAFTA Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination. He previously 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.” In addition, Desplat won a Golden Globe Award for John Curran’s “The Painted Veil,” and also received Golden Globe nominations for his scores for Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana” and Peter Webber’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
Desplat more recently created the scores for many films this year including “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Zero Dark Thirty,“ “Rise of the Guardians, and “Rust and Bone” – all Golden Globe nominated this year. Last year’s credits include “The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick; George Clooney’s “The Ides of March”; “Carnage,” which reunited him with Roman Polanski; Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; and the two-film finale of the Harry Potter film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.”
Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in “Argo.” Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.