Alexandre Desplat does not have to worry about competing against himself at the Oscars this year in the main scoring category.
Favorite to be nominated for his work on two-time Oscar-winning composer Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch.” He was also set to provide music for Guillermo del Toro’s “Two Night’s Dream Alley”, but due to a set schedule he had to return from the Nair thriller. After production of “Two Night’s Dream Alley” was suspended due to the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic, I was told that Despot and Del Toro could not work for the score in France.
“Knives Out” composer Nathan Johnson has now been brought in for “Nightmare Alley”. But all is well between Del Toro and Despot. They are still ready to reunite for the director’s “Pinocchio”.
Despot has won Academy Awards for his work in Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and Del Toro’s “Shape of Water”.
“The French Dispatch” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a nine-minute standing ovation. Most recently, the film Searchlight Pictures was screened at the New York Film Festival with the virtual presence of Anderson and stars Bill Murray, Adrian Brody and Jason Schwartzman from the director’s next movie set in Spain.
The upcoming premiere in London this weekend will feature actors Rupert Friend and Stephen Park. Anderson, Desplat and cast members Leah Seddox and Lina Khaudri are expected to attend a premiere in Paris on October 24. It will be released in theaters on October 22.
Kate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper star in “Nightmare Alley” based on Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay. The cast includes Willem Duffy, Tony Colette, Richard Jenkins, Rob Pearlman, Rooney Mara, Holt McCallani, Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steinbergen, David Strathyron and Clifton Collins Jr.