MUSIC BY AWARD-WINNING ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
FOR THE MOTION PICTURE FILM PHILOMENA
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
AT 2014 OSCARS
FULL LENGTH SCORE AVAILABLE
FROM DECCA RECORDS
Critics and fans alike have fallen in love with the film Philomena as well as its captivating score by Alexandre Desplat, which is now nominated for Best Original Score at the 2014 Academy Awards. Philomena is an emotional story inspired by true events, tinged with both tragedy and comedy, about two very different people who join forces for a remarkable journey. They are seeking to uncover the truth behind a heart-breaking story that has remained a mystery for half a century. Legendary Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare in Love) stars in the title role as Philomena Lee alongside one of Britain's leading comics Steve Coogan (The Look of Love) as Martin Sixsmith, with two-time Oscar-nominated Stephen Frears directing. The film landed in select U.S. theaters on November 27, 2013 and is now playing nationwide.
Accompanying the film's remarkable story of Philomena's extraordinary search for her long lost son, is composer Alexandre Desplat's emotionally riveting score which evokes the compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. Desplat's wide usage of instruments gives the film its emotional resonance with both enchantment and a beautifully touching heart. Desplat's score runs a wide spectrum of poignant and dramatic tones, perfectly complimenting the film's touching story of a quest filled with laughter and joy that is often underpinned by sadness.
The original motion score for Philomena marks the latest collaboration between Desplat and director Stephen Frears, with Desplat having previously created the score for Frears' 2006 Academy-nominated film The Queen. Samples from the 19 track original motional picture score to Philomena can be previewed at http://twcguilds.com/#!/philomena/music is and available for download now on iTunes.
One of the most sought-after composers in the film industry, Paris-born Alexandre Desplat is astonishingly prolific, with almost 150 titles to his credit. Desplat is now a six-time Academy Award nominee, having been nominated five times in the past seven years and is a previous BAFTA winner for music he composed for the 2010 film The King's Speech. His other previous Academy Award nominations include scores he created for the films The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Argo. Desplat has also been nominated for a Golden Globe multiple times, having won in 2007 for his score on the film The Painted Veil as well as being a five-time Grammy nominee, having won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for The King's Speech in 2011. Desplat is currently up for two Grammy nominations in 2014 for music he composed for the films Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.