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John Williams Composer of the Year 2001
21-Oct-2001 - Ghent, Belgium -- The World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners in four categories for this year’s inaugural World Soundtrack Awards at a special gala on October 18th, which also featured a concert dedicated to the music of Gabriel Yared and Elmer Bernstein. Veteran composer John Williams was awarded composer of the year at the International Film Festival of Flanders-Ghent.

The complete line-up:

WSA Soundtrack Composer of the Year (2000-2001): John Williams (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)

WSA Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (2000-2001): LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMELIE POULAIN (Yann Tiersen)

WSA Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film (2000-2001): ‘Come What May’ from MOULIN ROUGE (written by David Baerwald)

WSA Most Creative Use of Existing Material in a Soundtrack (2000-2001): MOULIN ROUGE (Craig Armstrong)

WSA Discovery Of The Year (2000-2001): Caig Armstrong

The World Soundtrack Awards are launched by the newly created World Soundtrack Academy, which is aimed at organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music and sound, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion. The latter through the presentation of the awards as well as by developing several other promotional initiatives.

Besides kudos for Film Composer of the Year and Discovery of the Year, awards will go to the winners in categories like Best Original Soundtrack of the Year; Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film; Best Score of the Year not released on an album; and Most Creative Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack. Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to composers who have reached a milestone in their career, while film music fans can vote for the Public Choice Award.

Voting members – recruited among film music composers and other professionals from around the world who can prove that they are actively involved in the film music sector – include Tan Dun (who won an Oscar this year for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Elliot Goldenthal, Gabriel Yared, Anne Dudley, Jean-Claude Petit, Lalo Schifrin, Elia Cmiral, Rachel Portman, John Powell, Trevor Jones, David Mansfield, John Parish, Marco Werba, Mike Stoller, Toots Thielemans and many others. Film music fans are able to support the initiative by joining as non-voting club members.

The Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent is Belgium’s most prominent annual film event and is regarded as one of the best organized fests of its kind in Europe. Over the years, the festival has also built up a strong reputation as the world’s very first FIAPF-recognized competitive film event that celebrates music and its impact on film. Besides an international competition on the ‘Impact of Music on Film’, Ghent is also known for its high-profile film music concerts and screenings of silent classics with live music. Renowned composers like Ennio Morricone, Elliot Goldenthal, Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, David Newman, Michael Kamen, Hans Zimmer, Stephen Warbeck, Jean-Claude Petit and the late Georges Delerue already came to Ghent to present their finest scores live. Together with colleagues, music producers and record executives they also participate in film music seminars and workshops on various topics such as the creative partnership between composer and director, sound design, legal aspects, etc.

From JWFan.

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