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Alexandre Desplat’s Award-Winning Original Soundtrack for The Shape Of Water is Available Now

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Alexandre Desplat’s Award-Winning Original Soundtrack for The Shape Of Water is Available Now

Following its Golden Globe Win for “Best Original Score” the Soundtrack Also Earns a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) Nomination

“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

09 January 2018 (Toronto, ON) - Just hours after winning a prestigious Golden Globe, composer Alexandre Desplat has been nominated for a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for his spine-tingling score to The Shape of Water. The official soundtrack is available via Decca Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Listen to The Shape Of Water soundtrack HERE.

Alexandre Desplat picked up the award for “Best Original Score” at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, while Guillermo del Toro was named Best Director for The Shape of Water. Speaking of his win, Desplat said, “At the end of the day, this movie is about love. Love, sharing, humanism and respect. The music just had to convey that.”

Desplat is also nominated in the Original Music category at the BAFTA, alongside Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049), Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner 2049), Dario Marianelli (Darkest Hour), and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread). The Shape of Water leads the BAFTA nominations with a total of 12 nods.

Desplat composed, produced and conducted the music for The Shape of Water, which was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and was 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.

The Shape of Water is an other-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 forever changed when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

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.

Composer Alexandre Desplat is most notable for his success with such movies as The Kings 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”.



  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