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Alexandre Desplat

Composer, 'Curious Case of Benjamin Button'

Ironically, Gaul composer Desplat — son of a Greek mother and a French father who met at a U.S. college — received his first (and so far only) Oscar nom for that most English of films, “The Queen.” David Fincher then quickly tapped him to score the Brad Pitt-starring “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Desplat has several other big projects in the pipeline, including Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” He started playing piano at 5 and has since proved his versatility scoring such differing films as “Syriana,” “The Golden Compass,” “Lust, Caution” and “The Painted Veil.”

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