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Alexandre Desplat makes IndieWire's Top 12 most talented composers in film today

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In an age where special effects reign supreme, there's one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn't gone through a radical transformation - music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century. Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn't make the cut - Danny Elfman and John Williams, we're looking at you - but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.

It would be a crime to exclude Alexandre Desplat from a survey of the top composers working today, because nobody seems to be working harder than him. The 55-year-old has become one of the most successful and most recognizable composers in the industry, and shows no signs of letting up. Credited for scoring films such as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," and the 2014 remake of "Godzilla," Desplat is also one of the most versatile composers working today.

Desplat has been nominated for 185 awards, eight of which were Oscar nominations, and has won over 70. He went on to win an Oscar for best original score for his work on Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" as well as a BAFTA. His most endearing quality is his ability to take risks and jump from one genre to another - his ability to seamlessly transition from the heavy horns and strings in "Godzilla" to the soft plucking of guitar and xylophone in "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is just one example of his incredible range. Desplat's scores enhance the whimsy of a Wes Anderson movie just as much as they can life the sense of awe in a sci-fi blockbuster. His upcoming projects include Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" and Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water."