On August 21, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the first set of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.
In the category of Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film, “City of Stars” from La La Land, with lyrics by Tony and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and music by Justin Hurwitz, will face off against “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Also competing in that category are “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls, with music and lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback; “Never Give Up” from Lion, with music and lyrics by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin; and “Runnin‘” from Hidden Figures, with music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams.
The Academy also released the nominations for Best Film Composer of the Year and Best TV Composer of the Year. (See below.)
Pasek and Paul won a Tony Award earlier this year for their score to their Tony-winning Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen. They also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their work on “City of Stars,” beating out Miranda’s “How Far I’ll Go” in both awards ceremonies. In 2016, Miranda took home two Tony Awards for his book and score to Hamilton. The musical also won the Tony for Best Musical in 2016 and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The World Soundtrack Awards will take place in Gent, Belgium, October 17–19.
Full nominations listing:
Best Film Composer of the Year
Nicholas Britell: Moonlight
Justin Hurwitz: La La Land
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Arrival
Mica Levi: Jackie, Marjorie Prime
Dustin O’Halloran: Lion (co-composer Hauschka), In the Shadow of Iris (co-composer Adam Wiltzie)
Best TV Composer of the Year
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein: Stranger Things
Ramin Djawadi: Westworld, Prison Break: Resurrection, The Strain
Rupert Gregson-Williams: The Crown
Dave Porter: Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, The Blacklist: Redemption
Mac Quayle: Feud: Bette & Joan, Mr. Robot, Scream Queens
Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls – music & lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback (performed by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden and Zooey Deschanel, among others)
“City of Stars” from La La Land – music by Justin Hurwitz lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone)
“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana – music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (performed by Auli’i Cravalho)
“Never Give Up” from Lion – music & lyrics by Sia Furler and Greg Kurstin (performed by Sia)
“Runnin’” from Hidden Figures – music & lyrics by Pharrell Williams (performed by Pharrell Williams)