Jazz musician Antonio Sanchez might have been deemed ineligible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his drum score for “Birdman,” but he’s been picked as one of the five Discovery of the Year nominees by the advisory board of the World Soundtrack Academy, which will name the winner Oct. 24 at the 15th World Soundtrack Awards, the culminating event of Film Fest Gent.
The Academy canceled out Sanchez’s score from Oscar consideration on the grounds that his original work was accompanied by roughly 17 minutes of previously recorded classical music. “Scores diluted by use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music,” according to the Academy music branch, “shall not be eligible.”
The other Discovery nominees include Alex Ebert for “A Most Violent Year,” Ebert’s second score for the director J.C. Chandor after his soundtrack debut on “All Is Lost” (2013); Dominic Lewis for “Spooks: The Greater Good”; Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow for “Ex Machina”; and Zhiyi Wang for “But Always” & “Highway of Love.”
Like Ebert, previously known as the frontman for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Barrow also comes from an alt-rock background as a member of Portishead.
The Discovery laurel was conceived to encouraging emerging talent, who have scored no more than six feature films. “If you are looking for the next generation of great composers, you just have to look at the World Soundtrack Discovery Awards,” said Film Fest Gent artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher in a statement. Duynslaegher pointed to Oscar winners Michael Giacchino (“Up”) and Gustavo Santaolalla (“Babel,” “Brokeback Mountain”) as having been previous Discovery winners, as well as Craig Armstrong and Abel Korzeniowski.
Barrow and Salisbury are also the WSA’s Public Choice Award, along with Peter Gregson (“A Little Chaos”), Warren Ellis and Nick Cave (“Far From Men”); John Paesano (“The Maze Runner”) and Amine Bouhafa (“Timbuktu”).
Additionally, three finalists were determined for the Sabam Award for Best Young Composer, with involves a cash prize of €2.500 (approximately $2,800). Those vying for the laurel include Maxime Hervé (Canada), Peer Kleinschmidt (Germany) and Roman Falkenstein (Latvia).
The WSAs, determined by 370 international professionals from various sectors of the music industry, already announced its nominees for composer, score and best original song of the year.