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 22 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 Kim and Khloe Kardashian Seek Interns Via Twitter Jennifer Lopez Says Music Industry Is No Longer A 'Big Magical World' Of Possibilities Mariah Carey Denounces Her Own Artwork For New Single 'You Don't Know What To Do' "CinemAbility" Explores current Civil Rights Movement and Marks 6th Installment Of "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" Orange Is the New Black’s Lorraine Toussaint on Playing Vee and Doing Nudity in Her 50s Robin Thicke’s ‘Get Her Back’ Video Is Full of Pathetic Text Messages Jersey Boys’ Erich Bergen on Getting Fired and Why Clint Eastwood Waits in Line for Lunch Orange Is the New Black Season 2 Finale Recap: Go Fast Nicola Peltz & Jack Reynor Step Out in Beijing for 'Transformers'! Robin Thicke Goes Shirtless for Emotional 'Get Her Back' Music Video - Watch Now! Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Step Out for Dinner at Craig's After Celebrating Baby North's First Birthday! Jaden & Willow Smith Love Snakes So Much They Reportedly Sleep with Them! 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
UPDATED: Desplat, who earned six Oscar nominations for musical scores including those for "Argo" and "The King's Speech," is the first composer to serve as jury president in Venice's 71-year history.