The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the nominees for the 2012 World Soundtrack Awards to be presented in three categories: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on Saturday, October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival. Here are the nominations:

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 – Cliff Martinez
Hugo – Howard Shore
The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
The Ides of March – Alexandre Desplat
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – 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

from ‘W.E.’
music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost & Jimmy Harry
performed by Madonna

As previously reported, Pino Donaggio will be receiving the lifetime achievement award and the music of James Newton Howard will also be celebrated at the 12th World Soundtrack Awards gala.