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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 »
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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.
The Lifetime Achievement Award winner was Francis Lai.
World Soundtrack Awards 2014
Film Composer of the Year: Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film: »
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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, »
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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.
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