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Five composers vie at World Soundtrack Awards

Desplat, Williams, Shore, Iglesias, Martinez all double nominees

Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Howard Shore, Alberto Iglesias and Cliff Martinez were all double nominees for the World Soundtrack Awards, the culmination of the Ghent Intl. Film Festival in October. The five are vying for both film composer of the year, for their collective work, and best original film score.

The prolific Desplat was cited for “A Better Life,” “Carnage,” “Rust and Bone,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and, for individual score, “The Ides of March.” Williams is in the running for his two Spielberg scores, “Warhorse” and, for score, “The Adventures of Tintin.” Shore was singled out for two David Cronenberg films, “A Dangerous Method” and “Cosmopolis,” while his “Hugo” music will compete for score. Martinez was nominated for “Contagion” and, for score, “Drive.” And Iglesias is in the running for “The Monk,” “The Skin I Live In” and, for score, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

Desplat has won WSA’s composer of the year kudo four of the past five years..

The WSA’s song nominees include “Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs” (music by Brian Byrne; lyrics by Glenn Close); “Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Hunstman” (music and lyrics by Florence Welsh and Isabella Summers); “The Living Proof” from “The Help” (music and lyrics by Randy Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas); “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” (music and lyrics by Brett McKenzie); and “Masterpiece” from “W.E.” (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry).

The nominees are determined by the 300-member WSA Academy, comprised of composers, label execs and other film biz pros. The winners will be announced Oct. 20 at the 12th WSAs in Ghent, Belgium.