Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Bret McKenzie Nominated for World Soundtrack Awards
2:35 PM PDT 8/13/2012 by Phil Gallo, Billboard
Florence + The Machine and Sinead O'Connor round out the nominees for best original song, while Alexandre Desplat, Alberto Iglesias, Cliff Martinez, John Williams and Howard Shore will compete for film composer of the year and best original score.
Songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie are in contention for the 2012 World Soundtrack Awards handed out at the Ghent International Film Festival.
The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three categories: Film composer of the year; best original score of the year and best original song written directly for a film. Winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards and concert on Oct. 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.
The music of James Newton Howard will be performed at the 12th World Soundtrack Awards. Howard and Dirk Brossé will conduct the Brussels Philharmonic in a program of Howard's work accompanied by film clips. Composer Pino Donaggio, a frequent collaborator of director Brian De Palma, will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
World Soundtrack Awards Nominees List:
Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat (A Better Life, Carnage, De Rouille Et d'Os (Rust & Bone), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ides Of March)
Alberto Iglesias (Le Moine (The Monk), La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Cliff Martinez (Contagion, Drive)
Howard Shore (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Hugo)
John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse)
Best Original Film Score of the Year
Drive by Cliff Martinez
Hugo By Howard Shore
The Adventures Of Tintin By John Williams
The Ides Of March By Alexandre Desplat
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy By Alberto Iglesias
Best Original Song written directly for a Film
"Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs (music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinead O'Connor)
"Breath Of Life" from Snow White And The Huntsman (music & lyrics by Florence Welch & Isabella Summers, performed by Florence + the Machine)
"The Living Proof" from The Help (music & lyrics by Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas, performed by Mary J. Blige)
"Man Or Muppet" from The Muppets (music & Lyrics by Bret McKenzie, performed by Jason Segel and Walter
"Masterpiece" from W.E. (music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry, performed by Madonna)
Oscars change rules after Bret McKenzie's Muppets win
2:33 PM Friday Aug 31, 2012
There will be more songs vying for Oscars at next year's Academy Awards.
The motion picture academy said there would be a minimum of five nominees in the original song category at next year's ceremony.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the five nominated songs receiving the highest number of votes from music branch members will be up for the final award.
The voting process previously only allowed songs that earned an average score to be nominated.
Only two songs were nominated for the trophy earlier this year for the first time in Oscar history, with Man or Muppet from The Muppets winning the prize over Real in Rio from animated film Rio.
The 85th annual Academy Awards will be presented February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
More Muppet musicality could be on the way from Bret McKenzie, after he hinted at working with Kermit the Frog again following an investiture ceremony yesterday.
McKenzie was at Government House receiving a Queen's Service Order medal when he said another Muppet film could be on the table. "I am currently in negotiations with Kermit the Frog to maybe do another Muppet movie."
He said the green amphibian was "hard to get on the phone", and Miss Piggy had "nothing to do with the contracts.
Best Song Written For Visual Media
Abraham's Daughter (From The Hunger Games)
T Bone Burnett, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne, songwriters (Arcade Fire)
Learn Me Right (From Brave)
Mumford & Sons, songwriters (Birdy & Mumford & Sons)
Let Me Be Your Star (From Smash)
Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, songwriters (Katharine McPhee & Megan Hilty)
Man Or Muppet (From The Muppets)
Bret McKenzie, songwriter (Jason Segel & Walter)
Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games)
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters
(Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Midnight In Paris
Rock Of Ages
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer)- The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) - McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) - Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) - The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) - I Am Nasrine
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