I'm hoping some of you share my fascination with the stars that work behind the scenes to make our favorite films, just that, our favorite films. If so, I think you'll enjoy this look at Desplat sharing his approach to composing for the cinema. He is incredibly prolific; as he says in the video chat, composing music is ALL he does. The list of his credits which includes The Monument Men, Grand Budapest Hotel and Zero Dark Thirty is so diverse and exhaustive I can't even begin to list them all, instead here's the link to his imdb.com page. Among them, the six scores that earned him Academy Award nominations: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King's Speech, Argo and Philomena. May the 7th time be the charm.
Monsieur Desplat is currently being talked about this year for two of his scores: The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and the upcoming Unbroken starring Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courntney and Garret Hedlund.
What I've heard of The Imitation Game is gorgeous but then I think all of Desplat's music is exceptional; I imagine Unbroken will be of the same ilk, since both are from the World War II period and I would think will reference those big sweep scores popular in movies of the day.
If you're not familiar with his work check out this beautiful sampling of his music created by a fan.