Best Original Score – Motion Picture
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE MOTION PICTURE
Alexandre Desplat ‑ “The Shape of Water”
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT: Thank you. Merci beaucoup. Different color from the previous one.
Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press. Thanks to Fox Searchlight, to Miles Dale, producer. And, Guillermo, your movie, your movie has moved me so much, inspired me so much because it’s made of your humanity, your passion, and I think, most of all, the dinners we had in Paris and the ones to come.
I want to thank all the musicians who recorded that score. They are marvelous. All the crew and cast, Richard, Sally, Doug. The music department at Fox Searchlight. Queen Rudy Faree , Laura Angel Lancaster, my friend Katz. And Sonre , this is for you. Thank you so much.
Q Congratulations, Mr. Desplat.
ALEXANDER DESPLAT: Desplat.
ALEXANDER DESPLAT: Thank you.
Q How do you come up with the inspiration — by the way, this is for Facebook. The Facebook fans sent it. How do you come up with the inspiration to create a story?
ALEXANDER DESPLAT: Actually, I decided to do music for films because I like cinema. So by watching images, I dive into a story, into emotions, and these emotions just resonate in my system, and I transcribe it into music. It’s as simple as that. It’s a lot of work, a lot of passion. You have to love, I think as much cinema than music, and then you just make sure that you can communicate with the director, which is also very difficult that you have to learn and you have to be able to hear, listen. It’s not just you and your music; your collective artwork.
Q Sometimes at the age of… it comes to you in your sleep?
ALEXANDER DESPLAT: Oh, yes. I sleep a lot. No, I don’t sleep a lot, but I sleep regularly. When I can’t find an idea, I have a couch, and I crash on my couch, and when I wake up, usually, my brain is fresh and comes up with ideas — good or bad — we don’t know yet, but at least there are ideas coming up. And, you know, it’s, well, that you constantly have to work. You are a great reporter. Thank you, buddy.
Q I want you to please tell your mother what you did that night.
ALEXANDER DESPLAT: Yes, my mother is Greek, and when I went on stage with the Oscar, I thank my Greek mother, and the French for TV translator. The French TV translator translated my grandmother, which is very different from your Greek mother, as you can see. So that’s corrected now, and my Greek heritage is — you know, when you are 15, 16, you are looking for your roots, trying to find who you are, what legacy is putting on you. Of course a French legacy from my father, a lot, but there was something about the Greek environment around me that was — I don’t know — talking to me a lot, and I like the sun, the sea, the kindness of the Greek people. I like scents when you arrive in Greece, the food, and I like to dive far in the water to watch the octopus. Yes?
Q Benicio Del Toro had so many different genres in this movie. I’m wondering how you started to approach finding the thread for music?
ALEXANDER DESPLAT: Well, definitely the stories and make a puzzle and, you know, when you start watching a film that you are going to score, you have to figure out what is it about? What is the music going to do? What is it going to bring to the film? And at the end of the day, this movie is a movie about love, nothing else. It’s love. Love, sharing, humanism, and respect. So the music just had to convey that and not any kind of genre or danger. There’s some moments of chases and things, but most of the time it’s what can resonate in you when you are longing for love, when you are under water, the sounds that you look for, that you can hear in the water if you are from afar. It’s all that. It’s all of these things. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.