Renowned composer Alexandre Desplat will be honored with the “Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award” during the 9th annual Hollywood in Vienna gala, to be held October 14, 2016, at the historic Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) in Vienna, Austria. Desplat, who has won two BAFTA Awards, a Golden Globe and two GRAMMYS during his illustrious career, also captured the 2015 Academy Award for his score to The Grand Budapest Hotel. In addition, he was named BMI’s Icon at the Company’s 2015 Film and TV awards. The Steiner award, which is named after acclaimed Austrian-born composer Max Steiner, who composed the music for Gone With The Wind, as well as more than 300 other films, is given in recognition of exceptional achievements in the art of film music. With music credits for films that include The Queen, The King’s Speech, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty, The Imitation Game, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2, as well as 2016’s Alone in Berlin, The Secret Life of Pets, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Light Between Oceans and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Desplat is certainly worthy of this prestigious honor. As this year’s recipient, Desplat joins several other sought-after composers who have been honored in previous years, including James Newton Howard, who received the Max Steiner Award last year, and is this year’s BMI Film/TV Icon.
To learn more about Desplat’s career in his own words, BMI filmed a candid interview with the iconic composer. Watch it here!