BMI To Honor Alexandre Desplat With Icon Tribute At Film & Television Awards
April 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM (PT)
OSCAR-winning film composer ALEXANDRE DESPLAT will receive the BMI ICON AWARD for outstanding career achievement at the organization's 2015 FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS. CHRIS MONTAN will receive the Classic Contribution Award for his distinguished three decade career at DISNEY, including his current role as President of WALT DISNEY MUSIC – a position he’s maintained for 20 years – and executive music producing all of the studio’s animated features.
This year's annual ceremony will be held WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th, at the BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL. The private event will also honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.
BMI bestows the BMI ICON AWARD to composers who have made significant contributions in the realm of film and television music. Past winners include DAVID ARNOLD, RACHEL PORTMAN, ALAN SILVESTRI, DAVID NEWMAN, THOMAS NEWMAN, ROLFE KENT, MYCHAEL DANNA, GEORGE S. CLINTON, HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS, JERRY GOLDSMITH, MICHAEL KAMEN, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH, DANNY ELFMAN, ALAN MENKEN, MIKE POST, LALO SCHIFRIN, CLIFF MARTINEZ, JOHN BARRY and JOHN WILLIAMS.
"We are thrilled to be honoring renowned cinephile and OSCAR-winning composer ALEXANDRE DESPLAT this year," said BMI VP Film/TV Relations DOREEN RINGER-ROSS. “It has been a joy working with him as his career exploded over the past decade, making him one of the most sought after and admired film composers in the world.”
BMI President/CEO MIKE O'NEILL and RINGER-ROSS will host the ceremony.
DESPLAT is one of the most coveted film composers in the world today, noted for his collaborations with some of the world’s top filmmakers: WES ANDERSON, GEORGE CLOONEY, STEPHEN DALDRY, DAVID FINCHER, STEPHEN FREARS, TOM HOOPER, ANG LEE, TERRENCE MALICK, ROMAN POLANSKI and ANGELINA JOLIE. Eight of fims he's worked on have been nominated for ACADEMY AWARDS: “The Queen,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The King’s Speech,” “Argo,” “Philomena,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which won the 2014 Oscar for BEST SCORE. DESPLAT’s most recent work includes “Unbroken,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” Coming up next is the period drama “Suffragette” starring HELENA BONHAM CARTER and MERYL STREEP and “The Light Between Oceans” starring MICHAEL FASSBENDER.