GHENT (3 September 2001). The World Soundtrack Academy today announced the nominees in four categories for this year's inaugural World Soundtrack Awards. Nominees were selected by the Academy's 150+ membership that mainly consists of film composers from around the world. The winners of this year's World Soundtrack Awards will be announced on 18 October 2001 during a ceremony preceding a double concert by Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) and Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven) that takes place in Ghent, Belgium.

The four categories in which nominees were announced are WSA Soundtrack Composer of the Year (2000-2001); WSA Best Original Soundtrack Of The Year (2000-2001); WSA Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film (2000-2001); and WSA Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album (2000-2001). Later on this month, the Academy will announce winners in both the WSA Most Creative Use of Existing Material in a Soundtrack (2000-2001) and WSA Discovery Of The Year (2000-2001) categories. For the latter, the Academy's board is considering a six-candidate strong shortlist.

Film music fans from around the world can also vote for the Public Choice World Soundtrack Award via the www.worldsoundtrackawards.com website. The site also contains background information on the Academy, a list of members, as well as all previous press announcements.

This year's nominees are:

WSA Soundtrack Composer of the Year (2000-2001)

· Carter Burwell (A KNIGHT'S TALE, BOOK OF SHADOWS, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS)
· Rachel Portman (CHOCOLAT, THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE)
· Yann Tiersen (LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMELIE POULAIN)
· John Williams (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)
· Hans Zimmer (HANNIBAL, PEARL HARBOR, THE PLEDGE, AN EVERLASTING PIECE, etc.)


WSA Best Original Soundtrack of the Year (2000-2001)

· ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (John Williams)
· BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (Carter Burwell)
· LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMELIE POULAIN (Yann Tiersen)
· HANNIBAL (Hans Zimmer)
· MOULIN ROUGE (Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries)


WSA Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film (2000-2001)

· 'Where The Dream Takes You' from ATLANTIS (written by Diane Warren and James Newton Howard)
· 'Cuante cose chiare' from AZZURRO (written by Louis Crélier and Lucia Albertoni)
· 'Soy un angelito' from FELICIDADES (written by Daniel Tarrab and Andreas Goldstein)
· 'For Always' from ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (written by John Williams and Cynthia Weil)
· 'Come What May' from MOULIN ROUGE (written by David Baerwald)


WSA Best Original Score of the Year Not Released on an Album (2000-2001)

· ANTITRUST (Don Davis)
· BLOW (Graeme Revell)
· BRIDGET JONES' DIARY (Patrick Doyle)
· MOULIN ROUGE (Craig Armstrong)
· PAULINE & PAULETTE (Fréderic Devreese)

All film music fans should vote for the Public Choice award via the website: www.worldsoundtrackawards.com.