A Minute With: Composer Alexandre Desplat on Oscars, inspiration

Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:40am EST
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After coming up six times short, this may be Alexandre Desplat's year to take home an Academy Award.

The French film composer has earned two of the five best score nominations for his work on World War Two historical drama "The Imitation Game" and Wes Anderson's pastel-dipped caper-comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Desplat, 53, spoke Reuters about the Feb. 22 Oscars, how he composes and where inspiration tends to strike.

Q: How is it to have two scores nominated?

A: I wish I had more! It's incredible. It's fantastic. To already have one nomination is a blessing.

Q: Do you have more feelings for one score than the other?

A: I can't. I can't. I can't. They're so different.

If they would be almost identical then maybe I could wonder and think, 'Hmm, they look like twins.' But the two movies are totally different, and the scores are completely from other worlds because of the nature of the story lines.   Continued...

Composer Alexandre Desplat celebrates after winning the award for best music for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files