Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell led the way with nominations for both Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Film Score of the Year (for The King's Speech, Inception and Black Swan respectively). Alexandre Desplat was recognized for his eight (!) scores this past year which also included Tamara Drewe, The Tree of Life and the Harry Potter finales.
Hans Zimmer was not far behind with his seven films including Megamind, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Kung Fu Panda 2.
The other nominees for Film Composer of the Year were John Powell and Patrick Doyle, while the other nominees for Best Original Film Score of the Year were the Oscar-winning score for The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and True Grit by Carter Burwell.
(I've written about how the score for The Social Network is not at all accomplished and the only piece that stands out is the boat race music which is by Edvard Grieg. Also, Reznor and Ross have spoken about how they didn't score the movie, but just created a library of tracks that the editor spotted as he saw fit. That's not film scoring. That undeserved Oscar win bothered me the most.)
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to disco/electronica legend Giorgio Moroder, who produced stars such as Donna Summer and David Bowie and is a three-time Academy Award winner for Midnight Express, Flashdance and Scarface.
The music of Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, Howard Shore and the winner of last year's World Soundtrack Discovery Award, Abel Korzeniowski, will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé, in a concert dedicated to the memory of slain publicist Ronni Chasen.
The Awards will be presented at the Ghent International Film Festival on its final day, October 22.
Complete list of nominees for the 11th annual World Soundtrack Awards
Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat (A Better Life, Tamara Drewe, The Burma Conspiracy, The King’s Speech, The Tree Of Life, The Well Digger’s Daughter, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2)
Hans Zimmer (Inception, How Do You Know, Megamind, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Dilemma, Rango and Kung Fu Panda 2)
Clint Mansell (Black Swan, Faster and Last Night)
John Powell (Mars Needs Moms, Rio and Kung Fu Panda 2)
Patrick Doyle (La Ligne Droite, Thor and Jig)
Best Original Film Score of the Year
Black Swan, Clint Mansell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
True Grit, Carter Burwell
Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
Randy Newman, "We Belong Together," from Toy Story 3
Diane Warren, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from BurlesqueBob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges, "Coming Home" from Country StrongAlan Menken, Glenn Slater, "I See the Light" from TangledA.R. Rahman, Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong, "If I Rise" from 127 Hours
Lifetime Achievement Award