James Newton Howard will also be celebrated in concert at 12th edition, taking place in Belgium on Oct 20th.

Alexandre Desplat [pictured], Howard Shore, John Williams, Alberto Iglesias and Cliff Martinez have been announced as the nominees for the World Soundtrack Awards’ (WSA) film composer of the year.

The winner of the award will be announced at the 12th WSA on Oct 20th in Ghent, Belgium during the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival. Two other awards will be decided on the night: best original film score of the year, with work from each of the five composer of the year nominees in contention, and best original song written directly for a film, with Oscar winner ‘Man Or Muppet’ from Bret McKenzie among the songs competing for the prize.

There will also be a concert held with the awards performed by Brussels Philharmonic and accompanied by select film clips, celebrating award-winning composer James Newton Howard. Howard and Dirk Brossé will conduct the conert.

Pino Donaggio, who is scoring Brian DePalma’s Passion, will receive the world soundtrack lifetime achievement award at the event with a selection of his work performed on the night.

Full nominees are as follows:

Film Composer of the Year (award can be presented in respect of one film or in respect of a body of work in the year)

Alexandre Desplat - A Better Life, Carnage, De Rouille Et d’Os (Rust & Bone), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ides Of March
Alberto Iglesias - Le Moine (The Monk), La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Cliff Martinez - Contagion, Drive
Howard Shore - A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis,  Hugo
John Williams - The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse

Best Original Film Score of the Year

Drive by Cliff Martinez
Hugo by Howard Shore
The Adventures Of Tintin by John Williams
The Ides Of March by Alexandre Desplat
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Alberto Iglesias

Best Original Song written directly for a Film

Lay Your Head Down from Albert Nobbs, music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinead O’Connor
Breath Of Life from Snow White And The Huntsman, music & lyrics by Florence Welch & Isabella Summers, performed by Florence + the Machine
The Living Proof from The Help, music & lyrics by Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas, performed by  Mary J. Blige
Man Or Muppet from The Muppets, music & lyrics by Bret McKenzie, performed by Jason Segel and Walter
Masterpiece from W.E., music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry, performed by Madonna