The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of its nominees for the 2012 Awards to be presented in three categories: ‘Film Composer of the Year’, ‘Best Original Score of the Year’ and ‘Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film’. The names of the winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on Saturday, October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

“Lay Your Head Down” written by US-based Irish composer Brian Byrne and actress Glenn Close and performed by Sinead O’Connor has been nominated in the Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Category.

The song features on the Oscar nominated, Rodrigo Garciá directed, “Albert Nobbs” film.  The song previously received a Golden Globe nomination. The film score was composed by Brian and performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and is published by leading Irish music publisher Bardis Music.



Film Composer of the Year
Award can be presented in respect of one film or in respect of a body of work in the year

Alexandre Desplat
(A Better Life, Carnage, De Rouille Et d’Os (Rust & Bone), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ides Of March)

Alberto Iglesias
(Le Moine (The Monk), La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Cliff Martinez
(Contagion, Drive)

Howard Shore
(A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Hugo)

John Williams
(The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse)

Best Original Film Score of the Year

DRIVE by Cliff Martinez
HUGO by Howard Shore
THE IDES OF MARCH by Alexandre Desplat
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by Alberto Iglesias

Best Original Song written directly for a Film

Lay Your Head Down
from: ‘Albert Nobbs’
music by Brian Byrne
lyrics by Glenn Close
performed by Sinead O’Connor

Breath Of Life
from ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’
music & lyrics by Florence Welch & Isabella Summers
performed by Florence + the Machine

The Living Proof
from ‘The Help’
music & lyrics by Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas
performed by Mary J. Blige

Man Or Muppet
from ‘The Muppets’
music & Lyrics by Bret McKenzie
performed by Jason Segel and Walter

from ‘W.E.’
music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry
performed by Madonna

The music of award-winning composer James Newton Howard will be celebrated in concert at the 12th World Soundtrack Awards, which will be held at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent on Saturday, October 20th. Howard is one of the most versatile and respected film music composers currently working in film. A program of his impressive music will be performed by the renowned Brussels Philharmonic and be accompanied by select film clips. The concert will be conducted by both Howard and Dirk Brossé.

Howard most recently scored the blockbuster films ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. His credits include ‘King Kong’, ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Pretty Woman’, among many others

In addition, composer Pino Donaggio will be receiving the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. A selection of his work will also be performed at the concert. Donaggio is a frequent collaborator of director Brian De Palma and has scored the filmmaker’s ‘Carrie’, ‘Home Movies’, ‘Dressed To Kill’, ‘Blow Out’, ‘Body Double’ and ‘Raising Cain’. Donaggio will also be scoring De Palma’s upcoming feature ‘Passion’.

The World Soundtrack Academy was founded in 2001 by the Ghent International Film Festival to celebrate the role of music in film and honor film composers. The WSA Academy now has over 300 international members comprised of composers, film professionals, record label executives and other representatives of the film music business.

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