Composer Alexandre Desplat to Receive Max Steiner Film Music Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala

Alexandre Desplat 2016
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Alexandre Desplat attends the World Premiere of Florence Foster Jenkins at Odeon Leicester Square on April 12, 2016 in London.

Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat will receive the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award on Oct. 14 at the Hollywood in Vienna gala. Presented by the City of Vienna, the award is named after Austrian-born composer Steiner, who scored more than 300 movies, including Gone With the Wind.

Steiner was one of the first composers that French-born Desplat, who received the best original score Oscar in 2015 for The Grand Budapest Hotel, grew up listening to. Among eight-time Oscar nominee Desplat’s other well-known scores are The Queen, The King’s Speech, The Imitation Game and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 and 2. He is also scoring the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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The film gala, which takes place at the Concert Hall in Vienna, includes a performance of Desplat’s work by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Boston Pops Orchestra chief conductor Keith Lockhart.

Past honorees include James Newton Howard, Randy Newman, James Horner, Lalo Schifrin, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore and John Barry

On Oct. 13, Hollywood in Vienna will present “The Sound of Space,” a concert featuring music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Contact, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. Hollywood in Vienna also includes two days of panels and roundtables devoted to film music.


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