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World Soundtrack Academy announces first wave of nominees for the 17th #WSAwards
World Soundtrack Academy announces first wave of nominees for the 17th #WSAwards Festival
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This first wave of the 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes multiple Academy Award® winners and nominees, a past Discovery of the Year nominee, and the best of contemporary film and television music.

The nominees for Best Film Composer are 2017 Academy Award® winner Justin Hurwitz, AcademyAward® nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Television Composer of the Year nominees include upcoming & popular composers such as duo Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, Ramin Djawadi, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Dave Porter and Mac Quayle.

As previously announced, The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to David Shire (‘The Conversation’, ‘All the President’s Men’) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz this year. Following the award ceremony, a selection of Terence Blanchard’s work (‘Mo’ Better Blues’, ‘Malcolm X’, ‘25th Hour’) will be performed by Brussels Philharmonic and additional jazz soloists, conducted by Film Fest Gent’s music director Dirk Brossé. Film Fest Gent will release an exclusive album with Blanchard's work the same week. Discovery of 2016 Joe Kraemer ('The Way of the Gun', 'Jack Reacher', 'Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation') will also be performing that evening. 

Film Fest Gent’s artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher about the selection: "This year’s nominations reflect the incredible wide range of style and talent in contemporary scoring for film and television, with a great line-up of new and established composers to celebrate the art and craft of film & television music."
 

"This year’s nominations reflect the incredible wide range of style and talent in contemporary scoring for film and television, with a great line-up of new and established composers to celebrate the art and craft of film & television music." - Partick Duynslaeger, artistic director Film Fest Gent


THE NOMINEES ARE: 

  • Best Film Composer of the Year
    Nicholas Britell: ‘Moonlight’
    Justin Hurwitz: ‘La La Land’
    Jóhann Jóhannsson: ‘Arrival’
    Mica Levi: ‘Jackie’, ‘Marjorie Prime’
    Dustin O’Halloran: ‘Lion’ (co-composer Hauschka), ‘In the Shadow of Iris’ (co-composer Adam Wiltzie)
     
  • Best TV Composer of the Year
    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: ‘Stranger Things’
    Ramin Djawadi: ‘Westworld’, ‘Prison Break: Resurrection’, ‘The Strain’
    Rupert Gregson-Williams: ‘The Crown’
    Dave Porter: ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’
    Mac Quayle: ‘Feud: Bette & Joan’, ‘Mr. Robot’, ‘Scream Queens’
     
  • Best Original Song written directly for a Film
    Can’t Stop the Feeling
    from ‘Trolls’
    music & Llyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback
    performers include o.a. Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden and Zooey Deschanel 

    City of Stars
    from ‘La La Land’
    music by Justin Hurwitz
    lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
    performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

    How Far I’ll Go
    from ‘Moana’
    music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
    performed by Auli’i Cravalho

    Never Give Up
    from ‘Lion’
    music & lyrics by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin
    performed by Sia

    Runnin’
    from ‘Hidden Figures’
    music & lyrics by Pharrell Williams
    performed by Pharrell Williams

The World Soundtrack Academy aims at supporting film and television music, sound design, composers and its worldwide promotion. In 17 year's time, the membership of the WSAcademy has grown into a group of 370 international film music professionals deciding on the nominees through several rounds of voting. The Academy will announce the nominees for Discovery of the Year, Best Original Score for a Belgian Production and the Sabam Award for Best Young International Composer mid-September. The audience can also nominate their favorite score by voting for the Public Choice Award on the WSAwards website until September 9th 2017.

17th World Soundtrack Awards 
18 October 2017 – WSAwards Gala & Concert: Tickets
19 October 2017 – Symphonic Jazz Concert: Tickets 

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