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We have revealed our winners for the 2022 World Soundtrack Awards are are proud to present them to you now. Once again, we thank all of you for voting.

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Giacomo Rita 1
Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer

In 2014, just after university, Giacomo Rita attended the Film Music Lab at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, in Rome. After this, he started working as a composer for various types of productions, such as animated and live-action films, trailers, advertising, corporate videos, production music libraries.

In 2017, he won the soundtrack category of “Premio Carlo Gargioni”, and in 2018 he was selected as a finalist in Pannonia Film Music Competition. Between 2019 and 2020 he attended the Master of Fine Arts in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media at Film Scoring Academy of Europe (Irish American University). In the course of this experience he had the opportunity to work on a short film produced by the London Film School, and to record and conduct my music with the European Recording Orchestra in Sofia.

Jonny Greenwood2
Film Composer of the Year

Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood proved his versatility with the Princess Diana study Spencer and Jane Campion's explorative drama The Power of the Dog.

Jonny Greenwood is Radiohead's innovative multi-instrumentalist and a celebrated composer for films such as Norwegian Wood (2010), We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011) and psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here. Greenwood became an Oscar nominee with his rich, elegant orchestral music for Phantom Thread.

In 2021 Greenwood delivered very different scores for the Princess Diana study Spencer and Jane Campion's explorative drama The Power of the Dog.

Eiko Ishibashi
Discovery of the Year

Eiko Ishibashi

Eiko Ishibashi blew away the Academy with her mesmerising, jazzy music for the Oscar-winning Murakami adaptation Drive My Car.

Eiko Ishibashi is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist whose work has ranged from acclaimed singer-songwriter albums to scores for film, television, theater and exhibitions to improvised music. She first scored film in 2016, creating the score for the film Albino's Tree, which won the Best Music Award at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards.

The score for Drive My Car (2021) garnered international attention and was later arranged into an album, incorporating sound effects from the film.

Nicholas Britell
Television Composer of the Year

Nicholas Britell

After winning in 2020 for the second season of Succession, Nicholas Britell's work on Succession once again triumphs, this time with the third season.

Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer, pianist, and producer Nicholas Britell is known for his critically-acclaimed scores, like Don’t Look Up, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight. He won Film Composer of the Year at the 2019 WSA.

Britell scores HBO's Emmy winner Succession. The score and main title theme have become some of the most talked about music for television.

No Time to Die
Best Original Song

No Time to Die

“No Time To Die” from the James Bond film No Time to Die written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell walks away with the award for Best Original Song.

Eilish and Finneas write nearly all of their songs themselves, with Finneas producing and Billie performing. It was a hard-won process, as their label and management initially encouraged them to work with more-experienced songwriter-producers. Billie Eilish with "No Time to Die" is the youngest artist to ever perform a Bond theme.

"No Time To Die" features guitar from Johnny Marr, plus orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley.

Public Choice Award

The King’s Daughter

The King’s Daughter Joseph Metcalfe, John Coda, Grant Kirkhope

Joseph Metcalfe lead this trio of composers for the score of The King’s Daughter, and now runs a collaborative, scoring group of at his company, Sum Of All Music.

John Coda is known the theme song for the hit Disney series That’s So Raven. The show’s success garnered him a BMI award and a Gold Record on Walt Disney Records.

iBAFTA nominated composer Grant Kirkhope has scored video games that have sold over 30 million copies. The Wrong Rock was nominated for Best Original Score – Short Film (animation) at the 2021 Hollywood Music in Media awards.

Best Original Score for a Belgian Production


SpaceBoy byThe Penelopes walks away victorious as Best Original Score for a Belgian Production.

The Penelopes are an indie pop band from Paris, relocated to London. It consists of Axel Basquiat and Vincent T. They regularly appear at Cannes Film Festival and have provided music for Prada, Agnès b, further linking the group to the worlds of fashion and film.

The Penelopes are currently recording an album of duos with iconic French actresses including: Virginie Ledoyen, Asia Argento, and Isabelle Adjani, who last released an album in 1983 when she collaborated with the famous French songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruno Coulais

Born in 1954 in Paris, Bruno Coulais has steadily built an impressive career in film music since the late seventies with his highly recognisable lyrical and imaginative scores which often give away his taste for opera and human voice. When writing music, Coulais lets the lighting of the film, rather than the narrative.

Coulais’ tirelessly ambitious music for screen ranges from scores for French blockbusters like Les rivières pourpres (2001) and epic documentaries like Le peuple migrateur (2001) to animated delights, such as the folklore adventure Wolfwalkers (2020). 1996 proved to be a turning point in his career, receiving universal acclaim for his score for the wholly unique nature documentary Microcosmos: Le peuple de l’herbe. The film’s score got Coulais his first of three César Awards and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Soundtrack at Film Fest Ghent. Jacques Perrin became a lifelong friend. The song “Vois Sur Ton Chemin” from the enormous hit Les choristes (2005) earned Coulais and director Christophe Barratier a nomination for the Oscar for Best Original Song.

In 2009, Coulais scored his first major English-language features. He wrote the music for the stop-motion film Coraline by Henry Selick (Coulais’ first American studio film) and he started collaborating with the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon and its founder Tomm Moore.

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Industry Award

Alliance for Woman Film Composers

The Academy already announces one winner as well. This year's WSA Industry Award goes to the Alliance for Women Film Composers. Women composers have always been writing and creating music, but they have historically been overlooked and kept invisible. The Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC) was founded out of a need and desire to raise visibility and create opportunities for female composers. Catherine Joy, President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, was present in Ghent to receive the award. The WSA Industry Award is presented to an individual or organisation that makes a notable and significant contribution to the film music industry.

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