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Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat to head

June 23, 2014, 09:00 AM

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/oscar-nominate...

Well, this is a refreshing choice. At major festivals, the position of jury president is usually the preserve of directors and actors. At Cannes, for example, you have to go all the way back to 1983 to find a president -- novelist William Styron -- who doesn't tick either of those boxes. And while exceptions have been made for writers, it's very rare for below-the-line artists to take the top position. Production designer Dante Ferretti did the honors at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, and it's t...

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