Alexandre Desplat to Miss Oscars Due to Recent Surgery

Some get-well wishes are in order for Alexandre Desplat, who composed the scores for the final two Harry Potter films! Variety writes that Desplat, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, will not be in attendance at this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremonies while he continues to recover from vocal cord surgery.

Variety also provided some background on Desplat’s health issues.

Life imitated art recently while Desplat was writing a 75-minute opera that will debut on Tuesday in Luxembourg. It is titled ‘Silence,’ based on a short story by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, in which the author visits another writer who can no longer speak.

Desplat was also having difficulty speaking at the time and has since undergone vocal cord surgery, from which he has “successfully recuperated.” While the composer has reportedly “regained full use of his vocal cords” and had hoped to fly to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards, he was advised not to do so by his physician. Instead, he will be watching the ceremonies from his home in Paris this year.

Desplat has previously won two Academy Awards for Best Original Score. Last year, he won the award for his work on 2017’s The Shape of Water. He also won in 2014 for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, in Los Angeles, California. You can find the full list of nominees here.

Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.