Well, it’s not even what would normally be considered “awards season,” but the World Soundtrack Academy has announced the nominees for their World Soundtrack Awards. And in an unsurprising echo of last year’s awards season, Slumdog Millionaire leads the pack with three nominations- Best Original Score and two noms for Best Original Song. (The WSA’s nominating year stretches from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.)
While most of the awards are voted on by the composers who are academy members, the World Soundtrack Awards does have a Public Choice Award that can be voted on here.
The awards will be presented on October 17 at the Ghent International Film Festival in Belgium.
The nominees are-
FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR
- Carter Burwell (Burn After Reading, Twilight)
- Aleandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Coco Avant Chanel, Largo Winch, Cheri)
- Danny Elfman (Milk, Taking Woodstock, Notorious)
- Michael Giacchino (Star Trek, Up, Land of the Lost)
- Hans Zimmer (Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons, The Dark Knight)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE OF THE YEAR
- Burn After Reading by Carter Burwell
- The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button by Alexandre Desplat
- Frost/Nixon by Hans Zimmer
- The International by Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek
- Slumdog Millionaire by A.R. Rahman
BEST ORIGINAL SONG WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR A FILM
- “Gran Torino” from Gran Torino. Music & Lyrics by Jamie Cullum, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens. Performed by Jamie Cullum & Don Runner.
- “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire. Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyrics by Gulzar and Tanvi Shah, Performed by A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaksmi Iyver, Vijay Prakash.
- “O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire. Music & Lyrics by A.R. Rahman and Mathangi Arulpragasam. Performed by M.I.A. & A.R. Rahman.
- “Run & Hide” from Je l’aimais. Music & lyrics by Anna Chalon. Performed by Anna Chalon.
- “The Wrestler” from The Wrestler. Music & lyrics by Bruce Springsteen. Performed by Bruce Springsteen.