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Film Composer of the Year
Film Composer of the Year
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The World Soundtrack Film Composer of the Year Award is presented to the composer who is considered to have created the best body of work over the past year. The Film Composer of the Year is elected by the World Soundtrack Academy. The 2020 winner is Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker).

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All members of the World Soundtrack Academy are invited to submit composers and songs for consideration in the categories Film Composer of the Year, Television Composer of the Year and Best Original Song. Scores and songs are eligible if the film or TV series had its world premiere between 16 June 2020 and 15 June 2021. Submissions for the WSAwards longlists are now open until 15 June, and are free of charge, but membership of the WSAcademy is required. 

Submit here for the Film Composer of the Year longlist.


2020 - Joker

Guðnadóttir Hildur

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2020 WINNER Listen on Spotify
2019 - ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; ‘Vice'

Britell Nicholas

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’; ‘Vice'
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2019 WINNER Listen on Spotify
2018 - Last and First Men, Mandy, Mary Magdalene (co-composed with Hildur Guðnadóttir), The Mercy

Johann Johannsson

Last and First Men, Mandy, Mary Magdalene (co-composed with Hildur Guðnadóttir), The Mercy
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2018 WINNER Listen on Spotify
Year Composer Score Nominees Spotify
2017 Jóhannsson Jóhann Arrival View nominees
2016 Burwell Carter Carol View nominees
2015 Giacchino Michael Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Inside Out, Jupiter Ascending, Jurassic World, Tomorrowland View nominees
2014 Desplat Alexandre The Grand Budapest Hotel; Godzilla; The Monuments Men; Venus in Fur; Philomena; Zulu; Marius View nominees
2013 Danna Mychael Life of Pi View nominees
2012 Iglesias Alberto Le Moine; La Piel Que Habito; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy View nominees
2011 Desplat Alexandre A Better Life; Largo Winch II; The King’s Speech; The Tree of Life; La fille du puisatier; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part View nominees
2010 Desplat Alexandre Julie & Julia; Fantastic Mr Fox; The Ghost Writer; The Twilight Saga - New Moon; Tamara Drewe View nominees
2009 Desplat Alexandre The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Coco avant Chanel; Largo Winch; Chéri View nominees
2008 Howard James Newton Charlie Wilson's War; Michael Clayton; I Am Legend View nominees
2007 Desplat Alexandre The Queen; The Painted Veil View nominees
2006 Iglesias Alberto The Constant Gardener View nominees
2005 Badalamenti Angelo Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles View nominees
2004 Yared Gabriel Cold Mountain View nominees
2003 Goldenthal Elliot Frida View nominees
2002 Doyle Patrick Gosford Park View nominees
2001 Williams John Artificial Intelligence View nominees

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