World Soundtrack Academy announces second wave of nominees!
After the announcement of the nominations for Film Composer of the Year, Television Composer of the Year and Best Original Song one month ago, the World Soundtrack Academy announces a second and final wave of nominations for the World Soundtrack Awards 2021. The final categories are Discovery of the Year, Public Choice Award and the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer.
As with the first wave of announcements, the trend of double nominees continues. Natalie Holt complements her nomination for Television Composer of the Year with a mention for Discovery of the Year. The triple nomination for Nainita Desai is also a big highlight. Earlier, the composer was named as potential Film Composer of the Year and now she also appears in the categories of Discovery of the Year and Public Choice. With a complete list of nominees full of promising names, an exciting 21st edition of the World Soundtrack Awards lies ahead.
Discovery of the Year
With the Discovery of the Year Award, the WSA wants to put upcoming film music talent in the spotlight. In 2017, Gavin Brivik already won the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer and now he appears again among the nominees as a contender for the Discovery of the Year Award with his score for Wild Indian. Nainita Desai with her work for The Reason I Jump and Florencia Di Concilio with Calamity, une enfance de Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary) are also in the running. Finally, Natalie Holt with Infidel - also nominated for Television Composer of the Year with her score for Loki - and Anthony Willis for Promising Young Woman can count themselves among the nominees as well. Not only do these composers have a chance of receiving the prestigious Discovery of the Year Award, the winner can also present his or her score at next year’s World Soundtrack Awards concert.
Meet the nominees
Named one of the Society of Composers and Publishers’ “Film Composers to Watch,” Gavin Brivik has won numerous awards, including the World Soundtrack Award for “Best Composition by a Young International Composer,” the ASCAP Jimmy Van Heusen Film Composer Award, the Alan Menken Composer Award, and the distinguished Elmer Bernstein Film Scoring Award.
Brivik recently scored Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s Wild Indian (Vertical Entertainment). Brivik’s credits also include the 90th Academy Award-nominated short, My Nephew Emmett, Netflix’s Emmy-nominated original series Living Undocumented, Netflix/Blumhouse Productions’ Cam, Justin P. Lange’s horror film The Seventh Day as well as numerous narrative and documentary short films.
Nainita Desai is a trailblazer in the world of documentary, having brought her unique voice to the scores of hundreds of acclaimed documentaries, including Academy Award and Cannes winning film For Sama. Her recent scores include Kevin MacDonald’s The Day That Changed Britain (2021) and John Dower’s Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (2021).
Following a degree in Maths and studying sound for film at the NFTS in the UK, Nainita began her career as a sound designer on feature films for directors including Werner Herzog and Bertolucci, as well as being an assistant music engineer to Peter Gabriel. She moves seamlessly between working with orchestras, to creating scores that incorporate electronics, ethnic elements and found sound, all of which has informed her experimental and deeply immersive approach to composition.
Florencia di Concilio
Praised by the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Florencia Di Concilio has composed scores for award-winning feature films that premiered at the film festivals of Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. She is the winner of the first Prix Michel Legrand, as well as a 2021 nominee for the Prix Lumières. Di Concilio’s work for Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary also earned her a nomination for the WSA Discovery of the Year Award.
Florencia Di Concilio has written major symphonic works as a composer-in-residence with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and two piano concertos that have been performed by both South American and North American symphony orchestras. She is currently working on a large-scale symphonic and choral piece for the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and has created music for groundbreaking visual artists and contemporary dance companies.
Natalie Holt's film and television credits include the Marvel television series Loki, the BBC’s Wallander (starring Kenneth Branagh), Knightfall (starring Mark Hamill), Paddington (starring Hugh Bonneville) and Deadwater Fell (starring David Tennant). She co-scored the WW1 film Journey’s End with Oscar winner Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker), The Honourable Woman and Victoria with Martin Phipps (The Crown) and composed additional music for Hans Zimmer and Martin Phipps on the film Woman in Gold.
An accomplished violinist and violist, she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. She is known for her experimental string-based scores, on which she plays violin, piano and vintage synthesizer, as well as for her large orchestral music.
Anthony Willis wrote music for many of Hollywood’s most loved productions. Willis’s original score for Emerald Fennell’s Oscar-winning thriller Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham, earned him a 2021 BAFTA nomination a BMI Award, and now a WSA Discovery of the Year nomination as well.
As lead composer, Willis scored Dreamworks Animation’s Annie Award-winning How to Train your Dragon: Homecoming, starring Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, Seasons 6 thru 8 of the video game sensation, Fortnite; Michelle Morgan's Sundance Selection comedy It Happened in L.A., Universal Pictures’ silent film What Happened to Jones?, and Sony Playstation's action platformer video game Knack II. Upcoming projects include Bron’s social justice drama/thriller Solitary, starring David Oyelowo.
Public Choice Award
In addition, the general public was given the opportunity to vote for their favourite film score of the past year. The person who received the most votes, will take home the Public Choice Award 2021. In the running are, among others, the duos Susan DiBona and Salvatore Sangiovanni with their work for I Liviatani - Cattive Attitudini (Bad Habits Die Hard) and Ralf Wengenmayr and Marvin Miller for Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13 (Jim Button and the Wild 13). Nainita Desai also reappears among the nominations with her score for The Reason I Jump. Finally, the audience voted for Benji Merrison with SAS: Red Notice and Amelia Warner - already nominated in 2018 for the Discovery of the Year Award - with Wild Mountain Thyme to attend the World Soundtrack Awards as contenders for the Public Choice Award 2021.
Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer
To conclude, there is also the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer, worth 2,500 euros. The participating composers were asked to write a score for a scene from Nanook of the North, the silent documentary film from 1922 by Robert J. Flaherty. Dougal Kemp, a British visual arts composer and sound designer, the American composer Matthew Lucado-Donner and Prokhor Protasov, a Russian composer and conductor, are the young film music talents who are competing for this award.
Meet the composers
Born in London in 1995, Dougal Kemp began writing music for different bands in High School (Jazz-Rock, World Music, Reggae-Swing...) and started developing an interest for all styles he came across.
He followed a Film Music Master's degree in Lyon before winning in 2019 the First Prize in Animation Category and becoming finalist in the Scenario Category of the Original SoundTrack Challenge in Clermont-Ferrand. Kemp joined the Lyon National Superior Conservatory of Music & Dance (CNSMDL) in 2019 in order to deepen his personal musical language and learn how to adapt it in the best ways to movies.
After finishing his philosophy studies, Matthew Lucado-Donner took up various online classes where he learned orchestration and discovered his deepest musical passion - film scoring.
For the next several years, Lucado-Donner scored the occasional short film while working part-time jobs. In 2018 he scored the “no budget” feature length film, The Cabin (Johan Bodell), where he learned in real time the demands and techniques of film scoring.
By the spring of 2020, Lucado-Donner discovered the world of film scoring competitions where he first began notating his music and learned how write for specific ensembles. Matthew’s music is characterized by a deep empathy with the characters on screen. His writing style is punctuated by his background in jazz performance and influenced by his life long love of film music.
Prokhor Protasov was conductor-in-residence of the Vyatka Symphony Orchestra from 2015 to 2018. During that period, he arranged performances of two of his major compositions, a concerto for violin, piano, and orchestra and a ballet named Town in a Snuffbox.
Protasov won a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed him to study orchestral conducting at the Bard College Conservatory of Music with Harold Farberman, James Bagwell and Leon Botstein, and composition with George Tsontakis and Susan Botti. In 2020, he has become a DMA student of a renowned composer Christos Hatzis at the University of Toronto. He has received several awards for his compositions, including the St. Romanos Melodos International Composers Competition in Saint Petersburg and the international composers’ competition, ‘Musical Palette of Durdy Bayramov,’ in Canada.
Overview of all the nominees of the WSA2021
Film Composer of the Year
- Nainita Desai - American Murder: The Family Next Door, Persona: The Dark Truth behind Personality Tests, The Reason I Jump
- James Newton Howard - News of the World, Raya and the Last Dragon
- Emile Mosseri - Kajillionaire, Minari
- Daniel Pemberton - Enola Holmes, Rising Phoenix, The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste - Soul
Television Composer of the Year
- Christophe Beck - WandaVision
- Nicholas Britell - The Underground Railroad
- Ludwig Göransson - The Mandalorian (Season 2)
- Natalie Holt - Loki (Season 1)
- Carlos Rafael Rivera - Hacks (Season 1), The Queen’s Gambit
Best Original Song
- “Call me Cruella”, from Cruella - written by Nicholas Britell, Florence Welch, Steph Jones, Jordan Powers and Taura Stinson
- “Fight for You”, from Judas and the Black Messiah - written by H.E.R., Dernst Emile II & Tiara Thomas.
- “Hear My Voice”, from The Trial of the Chicago 7 - written by Daniel Pemberton & Celeste Waite
- “Húsavík (My Hometown)”, from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga - written by Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson & Fat Max Gsus
- “Loyal Brave True”, from Disney's Mulan - written by Jamie Hartman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rosi Golan & Billy Crabtree
- “Rain Song”, from Minari - written by Emile Mosseri
Discovery of the Year
- Gavin Brivik - Wild Indian
- Nainita Desai - The Reason I Jump
- Florencia Di Concilio - Calamity, une enfance de Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary)
- Natalie Holt - Infidel
- Anthony Willis - Promising Young Woman
Public Choice Award
- Susan DiBona & Salvatore Sangiovanni - I Liviatani - Cattive Attitudini (Bad Habits Die Hard)
- Ralf Wengenmayr & Marvin Miller - Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13 (Jim Button and the Wild 13).
- Nainita Desai - The Reason I Jump.
- Benji Merrison - SAS: Red Notice
- Amelia Warner - Wild Mountain Thyme
Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer
- Dougal Kemp
- Matthew Lucado-Donner
- Prokhor Protasov