The four composers nominated for best original score at the 87th annual Academy Awards (airing Feb. 22 on ABC) -- double nominee Alexandre Desplat, Gary Yershon, Johann Johannsson and Hans Zimmer -- took wildly different approaches to their films. Four of the five contenders are period pieces, yet none utilize the music of their time, while the fifth, Interstellar, is set in space in the future and features an experimental marriage of sound design and music.

Alexander Desplat, 53

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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