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Alexander Desplat Wins Best Score Oscar For The Shape Of Water Following BAFTA and Golden Globe Success

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Alexander Desplat Wins Best Score Oscar For The Shape Of Water Following BAFTA and Golden Globe Success

Official Soundtrack Available Now

“Music is the chief conduit of feeling throughout The Shape of Water, whether in the form of Desplat’s ornate, orchestral jazz compositions, or crackling vintage cuts from the screen musicals.” – Guy Lodge, Variety


05 March 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Composer Alexandre Desplat triumphed at the 90th Academy Awards, picking up the Oscar for Best Score for his spine-tingling soundtrack to The Shape of Water – his second Oscar win in this category to date.

The Shape of Water also won the coveted Best Picture and Best Production Design awards while director Guillermo del Toro won the award for Best Director. The soundtrack was released via Decca Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, on December 15 ahead of the film hitting cinemas. Listen to The Shape Of Water soundtrack HERE.

Desplat also won the awards for Best Original Score at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, and Best Original Music at the BAFTAs in London. Speaking of his win at the Oscars, Desplat said, “Guillermo, thank you for letting the music be the voice of your characters and convey the beautiful melancholy of love. This is for you.”

Desplat composed, produced, and conducted the music for The Shape of Water which was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Global opera star Renée Fleming sings on the track “You’ll Never Know” which was arranged and produced especially for the film by Desplat. The soundtrack also includes “La Javanaise” by jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, alongside classic hits by Andy Williams and Glenn Miller. 

Directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, Desplat’s soundtrack provides a beautiful accompaniment to the film which stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. It was previously awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered.

The Shape of Water is another-worldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Composer Alexandre Desplat is most notable for his success with such movies as The King’s Speech for which he won a Grammy, The Grand Budapest Hotel - the Wes Anderson film that earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score and a British Academy Film Award for Best Music, and The Painted Veil for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score.



2016 – Florence Foster Jenkins

2015 – The Danish Girl

2014 – The Imitation Game

2014 – The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014 – Godzilla

2013 – Philomena

2012 – Argo

2012 – Zero Dark Thirty

2011 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2010 – The King’s Speech

2010 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


The Shape Of Water – Tracklisting:

  1. The Shape Of Water                      
  2. You’ll Never Know – Renée Fleming             
  3. The Creature                                    
  4. Elisa’s Theme                                   
  5. Fingers                                               
  6. Spy Meeting                                     
  7. Elisa And Zelda                                
  8. Five Stars General                          
  9. The Silence Of Love                       
  10. Egg                       
  11. That Isn’t Good                
  12. Underwater Kiss                             
  13. The Escape                        
  14. Watching Ruth                 
  15. Decency                             
  16. He’s Coming For You                     
  17. Overflow Of Love                           
  18. Without You                     
  19. Rainy Day                          
  20. A Princess Without A Voice                        
  21. La Javanaise – Madeleine Peyroux          
  22. I Know Why (And So Do You) – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra               
  23. Chica Chica Boom Chic – Carmen Miranda
  24. Babalu – Caterina Valente
  25. A Summer Place – Andy Williams
  26. You'll Never Know – Renée Fleming (Alternative Version)


All original motion picture tracks written & produced by Alexandre Desplat

Published by: Fox Searchlight