Double nominees Alexandre Desplat, Clint Mansell and Hans Zimmer lead the contenders for the 11th World Soundtrack Awards, the culmination of Belgium’s 38th Ghent Film Festival, on Oct. 22.
Giorgio Moroder, the Italian electronica pioneer behind the soundtracks of “Midnight Express,” “Scarface” and “Flashdance,” will receive the WSA’s lifetime achievement award, following in the footsteps of such composers as Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre and last year’s honoree, John Barry.
Fest artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher acknowledged that Moroder is being recognized as much for his film work as he is for his producer work with such disco divas as Donna Summer and pop chameleons like David Bowie. “Moroder revolutionized electronic dance music, and to this day, he is anything but forgotten,” said Duynslaegher in a statement.
A selection of Moroder’s work will be performed live by the Brussels Philharmonic at the awards.
Up for film composer of the year are Desplat, who was recognized for eight films, including “The King’s Speech,” “Tree of Life” and the last two “Harry Potter” films; Zimmer (seven pics, including “Inception” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”; Clint Mansell (“Black Swan” among others); John Powell (three animated works, including “Rio” and “Kung Fu Panda 2”); and Patrick Doyle (“La Ligne droite,” “Thor,” “Jig”).For the year’s best original film score, Desplat’s “King’s Speech,” Mansell’s “Black Swan” and Zimmer’s “Inception” scores are competing with music from “True Grit” (Carter Burwell) and “The Social Network” (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), which nabbed the original score Oscar in February.
For movie song kudos, composer lyricists Randy Newman (“We Belong Together,” from “Toy Story 3”) and Diane Warren (“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” from “Burlesque”) will compete with the teams behind “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” (Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges), “I See the Light” from “Tangled” (Alan Menken, Glenn Slater) and “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” (A.R. Rahman, Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong).
In addition, the music of Zimmer, along with that of composers Elliot Goldenthal, Howard Shore and the winner of last year’s World Soundtrack Discovery Award, Abel Korzeniowski, will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic in a concert dedicated to the memory of Ronni Chasen, the publicist who helped put the festival on the map and whose clients included Zimmer, Goldenthal and Shore. WSA honorees are determined by the more than 300 international members of the WSA Academy comprised of composers, film professionals, record label executives and other reps of the film music biz.