Desplat named top composer at Ghent

Musician earns kudo at fest's World Soundtrack awards

For the third year in a row, Alexandre Desplat was honored with the film composer of the year kudo at the World Soundtrack Awards on Saturday, the culmination of the 38th Ghent Film Festival in Belgium.

The award is presented for a body of work over the previous year, and in Desplat’s case, that included his scores for “The King’s Speech,” “The Tree of Life” and two “Harry Potter” movies. Desplat, an Oscar nominee four of the past five years, is also in contention this year for his music in “The Ides of March” and “Carnage.”

During an evening dedicated to the late publicist Ronni Chasen, her client Hans Zimmer, received the original score award for “Inception.” Randy Newman won for original song, “We Belong Together,” from “Toy Story 3,” and Alex Heffes was handed the Discovery of the Year kudo for “The First Grader” and “The Rite.” A.R. Rahman was given the Public Choice Award for “127 Hours.” The Sabam Award for Best Young European Composer went to Gabriel Heinrich.

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