World Soundtrack Awards 2017 – Nominees

The World Soundtrack Awards film music festival, which celebrates its 17th edition 18-19 of October 2017 in Ghent (Belgium), has announced the nominees for the various awards to be presented during the festival.


The complete list is as follows:

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-composed by Hauschka), ‘In the Shadow of Iris’ (co-composed by 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’, ‘Preacher’
  • 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 & lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback
  • City of Stars from ‘La La Land’ – music by Justin Hurwitz, lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  • How Far I’ll Go from ‘Moana’ – music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Never Give Up from ‘Lion’ – music & lyrics by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin
  • Runnin’ from ‘Hidden Figures’ – music & lyrics by Pharrell Williams


Best Original Score for a Belgian Production

  • Jean-Luc Fafchamps – ‘Insyriated’
  • Johnny Jewel – ‘Home’
  • Jef Neve – ‘Speechless’


Discovery of the Year 2017

This award wants to reward and stimulate young international talented composers, who next to receiving a prize, will be invited to perform at the 2018 WSAwards ceremony.


  • Michael Abels – ‘Get Out’
  • Nicholas Britell – ‘Moonlight’
  • Dan Jones – ‘Lady Macbeth’
  • Rael Jones – ‘My Cousin Rachel’
  • Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka – ‘Lion’


SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young

Three young composers were assigned to compose a score for a selected scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘Il Conformista’, within the context of Film Fest Gent’s Italian focus of this year. The works will be shown at the festivals gala concert, and the nominees will have the opportunity of winning 2.500 Euro.


  • Gavin Brivik (US)
  • Andrea Grant (IT)
  • Jim David van der Panne (NL)


Public Choice Award

The nominees for this award have been chosen by popular vote on the festival’s internet site, having to emphasize in the list the presence of two soundtracks from Spanish composers, for films that have had a limited diffusion.


  • Jóhann Jóhannsson – ‘Arrival’
  • Diego Navarro – ‘Pasaje al amanecer’
  • A. R. Rahman – ‘Viceroy’s House’
  • Alejandro Vivas – ‘El jugador de ajedrez’
  • Michael Wandmacher – ‘Voice from the Stone’


In addition, during the Gala concert to be held on October 18th in Ghent, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” will be presented to veteran composer David Shire.


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