Oscar winners making way to World Soundtrack Awards

Organizers behind the Ghent International Film Festival in Belgium have forecast a starry night to mark the 10th anniversary of its World Soundtrack Awards, the culmination of the fest’s trademark emphasis on celebrating movie music, which takes place Oct. 23.

Among those scheduled to attend and have their music performed by the 80-piece Brussels Philharmonic include a bevy of Oscar winners: Howard Shore (“Lord of the Rings”), Gabriel Yared (“The English Patient”), Elliot Goldenthal (“Frida”), Gustavo Santaolalla (“Brokeback Mountain”) and Stephen Warbeck (“Shakespeare In Love”). Dirk Brosse will wield the baton.

Also making the gig are WSA’s lifetime achievement award winner from 2008, Angelo Badalamenti (“Twin Peaks”), as well as Craig Armstrong, who won the WSA discovery of the year award in 2001 for “Moulin Rouge!”, Alberto Iglesias, who took home a WSA award in 2006 for “The Constant Gardener,” Bruno Coulais (“Coraline”), Frédéric Devreese (Un Soir, Un Train) and Nico Muhly (The Reader).

The ceremony, established by Ghent’s World Soundtrack Academy in 2001, honors composers in five different categories including film composer of the year, best original film score, best original song written directly for a film, discovery of the year and the lifetime achievement award, which this year is being bestowed on John Barry, best known for his James Bond music and a five-time Oscar winner for such pics as “Out of Africa” and “Dances With Wolves.”

Barry’s music will be performed earlier in the week, also by the Brussels Philharmonic, but with Nicholas Dodd conducting. Selections from the scores of “Goldfinger,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Out of Africa,” “Dances with Wolves” and “Midnight Cowboy” will be included in the program.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response we received from composers all over the world about our anniversary celebration,” said Jacques Dubrulle, secretary general of the festival, in a statement. “Film music is a unique and vibrant 20th century art form and is a singular force in making motion pictures an emotional experience, which is why it has superstar status at Ghent.”

The Ghent Int’l Film Fest, coming up on its 37th year, will take place Oct. 12-23. The event annually attracts more than 125,000 visitors including 60,000 students and screens over 150 films, shorts, and documentaries in and out of competition.

For more info visit http://www.filmfestival.be

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