With three nominations, one for best score and two for its songs, "Slumdog Millionaire," leads the competition for the ninth annual World Soundtrack Awards. Winners will be announced Oct. 17 at the closing night of the 36th Ghent International Film Festival.

The awards also will feature performances by composers Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch, who will be the guest of honor and recipient of the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hamlisch will perform and conduct selected suites from some of his most famous scores, including "The Way We Were," "A Chorus Line" and "Sophie's Choice."

Desplat will will offer up suites from his films "The Girl With the Pearl Earring," "The Queen," "Lust/Caution" and "The Painted Veil."

2008 Discovery Award winner Mark Streitenfeld will be on hand as the Brussels Philharmonic will perform music from his films "American Gangster" and "Body of Lies."

The nominees are:

Film composer of the year
Carter Burwell, "Burn After Reading," "Twilight"
Desplat, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Coco Avant Chanel," "Largo Winch," "Cheri"
Danny Elfman, "Milk," "Taking Woodstock," "Notorious"
Michael Giacchino, "Star Trek," "Up," "Land of the Lost"
Hans Zimmer, "Frost/Nixon," "Angels & Demons," "The Dark Knight"

Best original score of the year
"Burn After Reading," Burwell
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Desplat
"Frost/Nixon," Zimmer
"The International," Reinhold Heil, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek
"Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman

Best original song written directly for a film
"Gran Torino" from "Gran Torino," Music & Lyrics by Jamie Cullum, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens, Performed by Cullum & Don Runner
"Jai Ho," from "Slumdog Millionaire," Music by Rahman, Lyrics by Gulzar and Tanvi Shah, Performed by Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Shah, Mahalaksmi Iyver, Vijay Prakash
"O Saya," from "Slumdog Millionaire," Music & Lyrics by Rahman and Mathangi Arulpragasam, Performed by M.I.A. & Rahman
"Run & Hyde," from "Je l"aimais," Music & lyrics by Anna Chalon, Performed by Chalon
"The Wrestler," from "The Wrestler," Music & lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, Performed by Springsteen

-- Nielsen Business Media