Composer Alexandre Desplat Wins An Oscar For ‘The Shape Of Water’

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<p>Alexandre Desplat, who composed the Oscar-nominated score for the 2017 film “The Shape of Water,” at Cannes. </p>
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Alexandre Desplat, who composed the Oscar-nominated score for the 2017 film "The Shape of Water," at Cannes.

Composer Alexandre Desplat's score for "The Shape of Water" took home the Oscar for Best Original Score at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

It was one of several major awards for the film, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. "The Shape of Water" tells a unique love story between a woman and an amphibian-man. It's underscored by Desplat's colorful and whimsical music.

Desplat's previous credits include scores for films like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The King's Speech" and "Argo." Sunday's win marks his second Oscar, following a win for the music in "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Continue reading for more on the other nominees in the Best Original Score category, and a Spotify playlist featuring music from each of the nominated scores.

Original post from Jan. 23:

The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning.

There's one category at the Oscars that's particularly interesting to the team at CPR Classical: the roundup of the year's most moving and inventive original scores.

We'll share highlights from the scores on CPR Classical leading up to the awards ceremony on March 4. Tell us your favorite in the comments section below. Here are the films and composers nominated in the best original score category for movies from 2017:

Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread
Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water
Alexandre Desplat

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Carter Burwell

Read the full slate of Academy Awards nominees, and hear some highlights from the nominated scores in this Spotify playlist: