Desplat wins BAFTA for The King's Speech

French composer Alexandre Desplat scooped the Original Music award at last night’s BAFTA ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London.

The film composer of the moment beat AR Rahman, Danny Elfman, John Powell and Hans Zimmer for his soundtrack to The King’s Speech. This film was undoubtedly the evening’s biggest winner, taking seven of the 14 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film and Leading Actor.

Alexandre Desplat is much in demand by film directors. He was director Tom Hooper’s first choice for The King’s Speech score, and the two men worked closely from the film’s beginnings to recording at Abbey Road. Desplat is currently living in London while he works on the soundtrack for the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

Desplat is a big fan of Classic FM and came in to Classic FM to tell us about The King’s Speech a couple of weeks ago. Hear the interview with him here.

To celebrate The King’s Speech’s incredible achievements, we’ve created a special podcast dedicated to the film, featuring Colin Firth, Tom Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. Hear it here.