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Multiple Johann Johannsson movie scores are among top contenders at World Soundtrack Awards / Film School Rejects

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The annual World Soundtrack Awards may not garner as much attention as higher profile events like the Oscars, but they have an important purpose. Their goal - and the goal of the institution behind the awards, The World Soundtrack Academy - is to honor an often forgotten component of film. Music sets the tone and atmosphere of a movie and can even help alter an audience's entire viewing experience. Motion picture soundtracks and scores should be celebrated, and this past year's crop is especially outstanding. Nominations for Best Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Song Written for a Film include;

Carter Burwell for Goodbye Christopher Robin and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Alexandre Desplat for Isle of Dogs and The Shape of Water

Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread

Jóhann Jóhannsson for Last and First Men, Mandy, The Mercy, Mary Magdalene (co-composed with Hildur Guðnadóttir), and The Butcher, the Whore, and the One-Eyed Man

John Williams for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Post

In the Best Composer category, several artists and scores are getting the recognition they deserve as well. Particularly the work of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who unfortunately passed away this year, leaving behind an impressive musical legacy. His song "The Beast" from Sicario sent chills up audiences' spines back in 2015. And he won Best Composer last year for his score for Arrival. He continued to impress this past year, composing for a whopping total of five films. Jóhannsson brought poignant tones to the Australian film The Mercy - his music almost acting as a supporting actor or character with how big a presence it has. It's a welcome presence, as well. The seasoned talent of Jóhannsson would make him a shoe-in for best composer of the year; and it could even be argued that separating his compositions by film for best song or soundtrack awards would be a major mistake, as his body of work as a whole is deserving of recognition.

The 18th World Soundtrack Awards and concert will be held on October 17th at the Capitole Ghent in Belgium, and music for television will also be honored. Fans can also nominate their favorite score by voting for the Public Choice Award until September 7th.