December 10, 2004

The 2003 World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of this year's World Soundtrack Awards (WSA) on October 12 in Ghent, Belguim. ASCAP Senior VP Nancy Knutsen, a member of the Advisory Board of the World Soundtrack Academy, attended to congratulate ASCAP’s award winners in multiple top categories:

Soundtrack Composer of the Year
Elliot Goldenthal - Frida

Best Original Soundtrack of the Year
Elliot Goldenthal - Frida

Best Original Song Written for Film
“The Hands That Built America” from
Gangs of New York Music and Lyrics by U2:
Adam Clayton, David Evans,
Paul Hewson and Larry Mullen (PRS)

Discovery of the Year
Antonio Pinto of Brazil
Public Choice Award
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
composed by Howard Shore

The World Soundtrack Lifetime
Achievement Award was presented
to three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre.
Jarre composed the music for such films as
Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia

Elliot Goldenthal received his awards from film director Neil Jordan, with whom he has collaborated on five films including Interview with a Vampire and Michael Collins. Nancy Knutsen presented the award to Pinto, composer of films including Central Station and the newly released Cidade de Deus (City of God).

The award ceremony was followed by a film music concert featuring the music of Patrick Doyle (PRS) which included excerpts from his scores to Gosford Park, Henry V, and Sense & Sensibility, and Klaus Badelt (GEMA), whose scores include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Time Machine and The Recruit. SABAM composer/conductor Dirk Brossé conducted the National Orchestra of Belgium, who also performed works by Belgium's best known pop export Hooverphonic (Stealing Beauty).

Doyle being interviewed

Patrick Doyle being interviewed for Belgian television.


World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award presentation by actress Jeanne Moreau (president of the international jury) to Maurice Jarre.

Photos by Luk Monsaert

Elliot Goldenthal and Jarre.


Composer Tuomas Kantelinen of Finland, who recently scored director and fellow Fin Renny Harlin's Mindhunters, joked with ASCAP’s Nancy Knutsen about trying to connect with Hollywood from Helsinki at the Flanders Film Festival composers seminar.

Panel and crowd shot

Academy award-winning PRS composer Stephen Warbeck, Knutsen and translator onstage at the seminar attended by Belgian, Dutch, French and German composers, among others.

Group Photo

Pictured with Knutsen at the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium are (l-r) composers Klaus Badelt, Elliot Goldenthal, Antonio Pinto and Patrick Doyle.

Group Photo

World Meeting

SOCAN hosted the CISAC Executive Bureau and Administrative Council meetings on December 10 and 11 in Toronto, Canada. ASCAP Board member Hal David, who serves on the CISAC Administrative Council, and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, who serves on both the Executive Bureau and the Administrative Council, joined together in honoring GEMA on their centennial. Pictured (l-r) are GEMA's Professor Dr. Jurgen Becker and Professor Dr. Reinhold Kreile accepting a plaque from David and LoFrumento.

APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards

In November, ASCAP’s Nancy Knutsen together with APRA and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers at their Screen Music Awards accepted the AFI/APRA International Prize for Excellence on behalf of ASCAP composer and Board member Elmer Bernstein. The event was held at the Hordern Pavilion/Fox Studios Australia and honored songwriters and composers of music for feature films, television movies, mini-series, advertisements, short films and documentaries.


Film director George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City) and Knutsen, who accepted the International Prize for Excellence on behalf of Elmer Bernstein.


Sony’s Damian Trotter with Lisa Gerrard, award winner of Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film: Whale Rider.


ABC Music Publishing’s Eloise Nolan, composer Roger Mason who won for Best Music for a Television Series and Mushroom Music’s Ian James. Roger also won for Best Music for a Documentary.

Nerida Tyson-Chew

Composer Nerida Tyson-Chew, a past participant of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, who won for Best Music for a Mini-Series.

Cezary Skubiszewski

Composer Cezary Skubiszewski, winner of the Best Soundtrack Album Award.


Chairman of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers David Hirschfelder (Shine, Elizabeth) with composers Bruce Smeaton (winner of the International Achievement Award) and Nigel Westlake (winner of Best Feature Film Score).