Alexandre Desplat’s The Shape of Water wins Bafta for Best Original Music

18 February 2018, 20:02

Alexandre Desplat wins the award for best score for his music for Guillermo del Toro’s film about the love between a woman and a sea creature

Alexandre Desplat has followed up his Golden Globes win for The Shape of Water by taking home the Bafta for Best Original Music. The film's director, Guillermo del Toro, was named Best Director at the awards ceremony.

The other scores in the category were Hans Zimmer’s music for Dunkirk, Jonny Greenwood’s music for Phantom Thread, Dario Marianelli’s score for Darkest Hour and the music for Blade Runner 2049 written by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer.

Desplat came in to Classic FM recently to talk about the film:

“The relationship between Sally Hawkins and her neighbour, Richard Jenkins, starts with music. So I just tried to be one more musical element in that puzzle.

“You try to find the spine, the soul, the essence of the film. And frankly the essence is a love story – a love story under water. How can this be translated into sounds and music?”

Desplat previously won the Bafta for Best Original Music in 2015, for The Grand Budapest Hotel, and for The King’s Speech in 2013.