The World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards for 2010 on Saturday, October 23 as the closing event of the 37th Ghent International Film Festival.
Alexandre Desplat took home the award for Film Composer of the Year for his body of work in the last year, including Fantastic Mr. Fox, New Moon, Julie & Julia, and The Ghost Writer. He also won Best Original Film Score of the Year for Fantastic Mr. Fox. Desplat also won Best Original Film Score last year for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett received the award for Best Original Song Written for Film (The Weary Kind from Crazy Heart) and Abel Korzeniowski won the Discovery of the Year and Public Choice awards for his score for A Single Man. John Barry (Dances With Wolves, Goldfinger, Out of Africa, Somewhere in Time, John Barry: the Collection ) received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Brussels Philharmonic performed music by film composers who attended the award ceremony, including Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Breaking and Entering), Angelo Badalamenti (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, A Very Long Engagement, The Straight Story) Howard Shore (The Aviator, Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) Craig Armstrong (Craig Armstrong Film Works, 1995-2005), Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain, Motorcycle Diaries) and Elliot Goldenthal (Frida, Public Enemies).
The World Soundtrack Academy, created in 2001 by the Ghent Film Festival, is aimed at “organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion.”