Venice Film Festival: Composer Alexandre Desplat to Head Competition Jury - Hollywood Reporter His appointment marks the first time the storied event has selected a composer to serve as president of its main jury. PHOTOS Roundtable: Hans Zimmer and 5 Top Composers Swap War Stories The 52-year-old Desplat has earned Oscar nominations for musical scores for his work in six films, all since 2006: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, and Philomena. He has collaborated with directors ranging from Roman Polanski, Terrence Malick and Stephen Frears to George Clooney, Ben Affleck, and Wes Anderson. “Alexandre Desplat is not only one of the greatest composers of film scores today, but an ardent cinéphile, whose extraordinary artistic sensitivity is sustained by a profound knowledge of cinema, its history and its language,” said Allberto Barbera, Venice’s artistic director. Desplat said he felt privileged to have been chosen for the job: “It is a great honor and arduous responsibility to be the president of the jury for such a prestigious festival,” he said in a statement. PHOTOS Oscars: Inside the First-Ever Concert for Nominated Original Scores and Songs Barbera hinted to the “surprise” announcement on Twitter a day earlier, piquing curiosity in writing the jury head was “Not a film director. Not an actor.” The nine-person jury will hand out eight awards on the festival’s final night, including its most prestigious honors: the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion for Best Director, acting prizes, and two jury prizes. PHOTOS The Scene at the Venice International Film Festival 2013 The announcement is the third -- and most important -- jury-related announcement out of Venice so far. The festival previously announced that Cannes Grand Prix winner Alice Rohrwacher would head the jury that will award the prize for Best Debut Film, while Hong Kong’s Ann Hui would preside over the jury for the Horizons section. Venice, the world’s oldest film festival, will take place this year from Aug. 27-Sept. 6. Twitter: @EricJLyman Alexandre Desplat International Venice International Film Festival 2 0 0 0 Email Print Photo GalleryView GalleryVenice Film Festival: Exclusive Portraits of Dakota Fanning, James Franco Taylor Schilling, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling on Fake-Peeing, Showering With Co-Stars and Rude FansTop GalleriesGone Too Soon: 8 Oscar Winners and Nominees Who Met Tragic Ends (Photos) Meet the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast (Photos) Vintage Malibu: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe on the Beach (Photos) If the World Cup Were a Movie: Christian Bale as Lionel Messi, and 11 Other Casting Ideas (Photos) Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) In This Week's MagazineThe Drive (and Despair) of The RockMore from this issueSubscribe NowGive a GiftFrom the Galleries PHOTOS: MuchMusic Video AwardsLorde performed at Sunday night's show. View gallery Annecy Animated Film Festival Preview: From Sm...Now in its 54th year, the weeklong French festival features premier... View gallery PHOTOS: If the World Cup Were a MovieTHR casts Hollywood A-listers to play soccer's biggest stars. View gallery PHOTOS: Hollywood's Biggest Soccer FansOscar winner Tom Hanks proudly displays Villa's colors. View gallery See More Galleries Daytime Emmy Awards Honor Steve Harvey, Ellen DeGeneres And 'The Young And The Restless' "Peace": Chatting with O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge, Jordy Towers of SomeKindaWonderful and Iamsu!, Plus Don Flemons and Mike Sempert Exclusives You've Come a Long Way, Hercules Christina Aguilera And Her Baby Belly Want To Help Keep Your Lips Healthy How I Met Your Mother Is Responsible For Your Cynical View of Love The Dangers of Watching Game of Thrones With Book Readers Will Forte Will Guest Star on The Simpsons Katy Perry Offered to Write Hillary Clinton a Campaign Theme Song Miles Teller Shares a 'Fantastic Four' Selfie While Filming Alongside Jamie Bell in Baton Rouge Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris Share Car After London Night Out Kate Beckinsale & Len Wiseman Are a Cute Couple in Santa Monica! Sam Smith Takes on 'How Will I Know' By Whitney Houston - Watch Here! What's Hot On The Hollywood ReporterInside the Daytime Emmy Awards: Highlights From the Show (Photos)View galleryHollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014View galleryVintage Malibu: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe on the Beach (Photos)View galleryIf the World Cup Were a Movie: Christian Bale as Lionel Messi, and 11 Other Casting Ideas (Photos)View gallery
The veteran, who has earned six Oscar nominations for musical scores for such movies as "Argo" and "The King's Speech," is the first composer to serve as jury president in Venice's 71-year history (UPDATED).