Songs performed by Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie are in contention for the World Soundtrack Awards 2012 handed out at the Ghent International Film Festival.

The World Soundtrack Academy hands out awards in three categories: Film composer of the yea; best original score of the year and best original song written directly for a film. Winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on Oct. 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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World Soundtrack Award Nominees List:

Film Composer of the Year
Alexandre Desplat (A Better Life, Carnage, De Rouille Et d'Os (Rust & Bone), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ides Of March)
Alberto Iglesias (Le Moine (The Monk), La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Cliff Martinez (Contagion, Drive)
Howard Shore (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, Hugo)
John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse)

Best Original Film Score of the Year

Drive by Cliff Martinez
Hugo By Howard Shore
The Adventures Of Tintin By John Williams
The Ides Of March By Alexandre Desplat
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy By Alberto Iglesias

Best Original Song written directly for a Film
Lay Your Head Down from: "Albert Nobbs"
music by Brian Byrne, lyrics by Glenn Close, performed by Sinead O'Connor

Breath Of Life from " Snow White And The Huntsman"
music & lyrics by Florence Welch & Isabella Summers, performed by Florence + the Machine

The Living Proof from "The Help"
music & lyrics by Thomas Newman, Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas, performed by Mary J. Blige

Man Or Muppet from "The Muppets"
music & Lyrics by Bret McKenzie, performed by Jason Segel and Walter

Masterpiece from "W.E."
music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry, performed by Madonna

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