Alexandre Desplat has won an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film "Argo" on Feb. 24 at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. The Academy Awards are presented by the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and honors the best in film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and was televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
These are the first Academy Award win and fifth nomination for Alexandre Desplat.
Also nominated for Best Original Score were:
- "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
- "Lincoln" John Williams
- "Skyfall" Thomas Newman
- "Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli
"Argo," is a dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.
"Argo" was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Achievement in Editing
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role to Alan Arkin
- Best Achievement in Sound Editing
- Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
- Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com