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Alexandre Desplat Proves a Perennial Fave at Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards

27 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).

Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.

The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men »

- Steve Chagollan

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Alexandre Desplat named composer of the year

26 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.

Alexandre Desplat has been named Best Film Composer at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards, held last night in Ghent. He also won best original film score of the year for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

This year’s Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film is Happy from Despicable Me 2, written and performed by Pharrell Williams.

Discovery of the Year 2014 is Daniel Pemberton for Cuban Fury and The Counselor.

Michelino Bisceglia’s music for Marina won the Spotify Public Choice Award.

Cliff Martinez was this year’s guest of honour, and his work was performed on the night by the Brussels Philharmonic.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winner was Francis Lai.

World Soundtrack Awards 2014

Film Composer of the Year: Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Film Score of the Year: The Grand Budapest Hotel (by Alexandre Desplat)

Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film: »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Ghent’s World Soundtrack Awards to Fete French Composer Francis Lai

22 July 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).

The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.

A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 25, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Francis Lai to be honoured at WSAs

18 July 2014 2:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.

French composer Francis Lai is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards which take place during the 41st Gent Film Festival, which will this year focus on France.

Born in Nice in 1932, Lai’s composing credits include Claude Lelouch’s Oscar winning A man And A Woman (1966). Lai went on to collaborate with Lelouch on numerous films. In 1970 Lai scored his biggest international hit with the soundtrack to Love Story.

A selection of his work will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé at the World Soundtrack Awards, which take place on October 25 in the Belgium city of Gent.

Confirmed central guests and performers at the World Soundtrack Awards are American composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion and [link »

- sarah.cooper@screendaily.com (Sarah Cooper)

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