Newton Howard wins soundtrack award

Named film composer of the year

GHENT, Belgium -- James Newton Howard was named film composer of the year at the World Soundtrack Awards 2008 Saturday night for his scores to "Charlie Wilson's War," "Michael Clayton" and "I Am Legend," and Dario Marianelli's Oscar-winning music for "Atonement" won as best original film score.

"Down to Earth," from "Wall-E," by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel, was named best original song written directly for a film and Mark Streitenfeld won the discovery of the year award for his score to Ridley Scott's "American Gangster."

Longtime David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti received a lifetime achievement award at the 8th annual WSA, which are held in connection with the Ghent Film Festival.