Thompson on Hollywood

The European Film Awards are giving their Achievement in World Cinema award to Gabriel Yared, a self-taught musician and composer. He first composed for Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself (Sauve Qui Peut La Vie), won a Cesar for his work on Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover (L'Amant), and went on to collaborate with Anthony Minghella for multi-award winning The English Patient, followed by The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, and 2006's German Oscar-winner The Lives of Others, for which he was nominated for an EFA. Yared will receive his award at the 23rd annual European Film Awards ceremony on December 4.

This past Saturday in Belgium, another great composer, Alexandre Desplat [pictured] was named Composer of the Year at the tenth Annual World Soundtrack Awards. Desplat's work includes The Queen, Julie & Julia, The Ghost Writer, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Fantastic Mr. Fox (best original film score winner). Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett took home the award for Best Original Song Written for Film for Crazy Heart's "The Weary Kind," while A Single Man composer Abel Korzeniowski was named Discovery of the Year, and the film's score won the Public Choice Award.

The ceremony's Lifetime Achievement Award went to frequent James Bond composer John Barry (Out of Africa, Dances With Wolves). Check out the clip: