Composer Alexandre Desplat will receive the BMI Icon Award for outstanding career achievement at the performing rights organization’s 2015 Film & Television Awards on May 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Walt Disney Music president Chris Montan will receive the Classic Contribution Award for his three-decade career. The private event will also honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.
Desplat won his first Academy Award this year for his score to The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is known for his collaborations with Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Stephen Daldry, Roman Polanski and others; his films include The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena and The Imitation Game.
Next for Desplat is the period drama Suffragette starring Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep and The Light Between Oceans starring Michael Fassbender.
Previous Icon honorees include Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, Thomas Newman, Rolfe Kent, Mychael Danna, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, Cliff Martinez, John Barry and John Williams.
Montan has executive music produced all of the studio’s animated features, among them The Lion King, Pocahontas, Toy Story and Frozen. During his tenure, the Walt Disney Studios has received 42 Academy Award nominations in music categories and won 16 Oscars.
BMI president & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI vp, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross will host the ceremony.