Ghent fest names soundtrack award nominees

World Soundtrack Academy was founded in 2001

LONDON -- Danny Elfman, Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Hans Zimmer are all in the running to pick up this year's film composer of the year nod, presented by the World Soundtrack Academy during this year's Ghent International Film Festival.

Organizers said one of the five will walk off with the nod at the closing ceremony of the festival in Ghent on Oct. 17 this year.

The ceremony will also see awards for best original score and best original song written directly for a film dished out.

Nominees for score are "Burn After Reading" by Burwell, Desplat's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon" from Zimmer, A.R. Rahman's "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The International" by Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer and Johnny Klimek.

Bruce Springsteen will vye for best original song with "The Wrestler" from the movie of the same name.

The World Soundtrack Academy was founded in 2001 by the Ghent International Film Festival and a number of film music composers, now encompassing close to 300 leading composers and representatives of the film music business.

The nominees the World Soundtrack Awards 2009:

FILM COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

Carter Burwell ("Burn After Reading," "Twilight")
Alexandre 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, Published by KM Musiq ltd

"O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire," Music & Lyrics by A.R. Rahman and Mathangi Arulpragasam, Performed by M.I.A. & A.R. Rahman, Published by KM Musiq ltd

"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, Published by Bruce Springsteen
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