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The World Soundtrack Awards has unveiled the nominations for its 20th edition, which is set is to go ahead as a physical event as well as being streamed live and online for the first time.

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The nominees for the coveted Film Composer of the Year award include Alexandre Desplat (Little Women), Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker), Thomas Newman (1917), Benjamin Wallfisch (It Chapter Two) and John Williams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker).

The contenders were all Oscar-nominated earlier this year, with the exception of Wallfisch who also composed the score for The Invisible Man. Iceland’s Guðnadóttir won the Academy Award for Joker.

The ceremony and concert, which will take place on October 24 as the closing event of 47th Film Fest Ghent in Belgium, will be broadcast online to give the festival’s international audience the opportunity to “attend” in spite of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

French composer Desplat is set to join the ceremony as the guest of honour, having previously added five World Soundtrack Awards to his two Oscars for The Shape Of Water and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Discovery of the Year award will be contested between British composers Tom Howe (A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon) and Christopher Willis (The Personal History Of David Copperfield); US musicians Bryce Dessner (The Two Popes) and Daniel Lopatin (Uncut Gems); and Russia’s Dascha Dauenhauer (Berlin Alexanderplatz).

Michael Abels, the US composer behind Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us, has been invited back to Ghent to present a selection of his work after winning the Discovery of the Year award in 2019. However, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to travel from the US due to ongoing restrictions around the virus.

In addition, Lebanese-French composer Gabriel Yared, who won an Oscar and Grammy in 1997 for his work on The English Patient, is also set to attend in person and receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award. Yared was also Oscar-nominated for composing the music for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain, and more recently wrote the score to biopic Judy.

Yared, Desplat, and Abels’ music will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and Vlaams Radiokoor, pre-recorded in the orchestra’s native Brussels, and will be part of the live event and livestream.

World Soundtrack Awards 2020 nominations

Film Composer of the Year

Alexandre Desplat, Little Women, J’accuse, Adults In The Room
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Thomas Newman, 1917
Benjamin Wallfisch, It Chapter Two, The Invisible Man
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

TV Composer of the Year

Lorne Balfe, His Dark Materials
Nathan Barr, The Great, Hollywood, Carnival Row
Nicholas Britell, Succession (season 2)
Carter Burwell, The Morning Show
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Watchmen

Best Original Song

‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away’, Toy Story 4, Randy Newman
‘(I’m Gonna) Love Myself Again’, Rocketman, Elton John and Bernie Taupin
‘Into The Unknown’, Frozen II, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, performed by Idina Menzel feat. AURORA
‘One Little Soldier’, Bombshell, Regina Spektor
‘Stand Up’, Harriet, Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Public Choice

Alfonso G. Aguilar, Klaus
Hannes De Maeyer, Torpedo
John Powell, The Call Of The Wild
Lolita Ritmanis, Blizzard Of Souls
Joep Sporck, Kruimeltje

Discovery of the Year

Dascha Dauenhauer, Berlin Alexanderplatz
Bryce Dessner, The Two Popes
Tom Howe, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Daniel Lopatin, Uncut Gems
Christopher Willis, The Personal History Of David Copperfield

Best Original Composition for a Belgian Production

Vincent Cahay, Adoration
Hannes De Maeyer, Torpedo
Mauro Pawlowski, Cleo

Best Original Composition by a Young Composer

Hamish Ander
Louis Edlinger
Ana Kasrashvili