Veritable perennials Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer are among the double nominees for the 15th annual World Soundtrack Awards, which take place Oct. 24 as the culminating event of Film Fest Gent in Belgium.
Desplat, who won an Oscar in February for his “Grand Budapest Hotel” score, is once again vying for the both the WSA’s composer and score of the year, both of which he won last year (he has won eight previous WSAs). This time Desplat is competing with his score for “The Imitation Game,” which was also nominated for an Oscar, and his recognition as a composer — which accounts for a maestro’s body of work over the course of the previous year — includes such works as “Unbroken,” “Everything Will Be Fine” and “Tale of Tales.”
Zimmer, who has amassed 15 previous WSA nominations and one win, is being recognized this year for his “Interstellar” score, and his credits as a composer include “Chappie.”
The other double nominee is Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose “Theory of Everything” music is competing for score, while his composer nomination takes into account his music for “The 11th Hour” and the upcoming “Sicario.” Jóhannsson attended Gent last year as a Public Choice nominee for his score on “Prisoners.”
Rounding out the score nominations are Antonio Sanchez (“Birdman”) and Patrick Doyle (“Cinderella”).
Others vying for composer of the year include Bruno Coulais (“Song of the Sea,” “Gemma Bovary,” among others) and Michael Giaccchino (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Inside Out,” “Jurassic World,”). Giacchino won the WSA’s Discovery of the Year laurel in 2005 for “The Incredibles.”
Nominees in the original song category include the composers and lyricists behind “Glory” from the film “Selma,” which also won the Oscar earlier this year; “The Apology Song” (“The Book of Life”); “Carry Me Home” (“Insurgent”); “Grateful” (“Beyond the Lights”) and “Tell Me” (“Lost River”).