GHENT 2009: Hamlisch receives lifetime achievement award

Ghent, Belgium -Three-time Oscar-winning U.S. composer and songwriter Marvin Hamlisch received a lifetime achievement award and was on hand at the awards gala, where the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brosse performed a suite of his scores and songs including “The Way We Were” and “The Sting.”

WATCH: Composers viewpoints about Music in films:


Hamlisch had a long break in scoring feature films from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” in 1996 to Steven Soderbergh‘s 2009 film “The Informant!” He told reporters earlier that he got the latter job because the director had seen a DVD of Woody Allen’s “Bananas,” which deals with a South American revolution and which Hamlisch had scored, while on location making his epic “Che.”

World Soundtrack Awards 2009: Alexandre Desplat – Film composer of the year 2009 & Best Original Film Score of the year (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A.R. Rahman Best Original Song Written for Film for “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) Marvin Hamlisch: Lifetime Achievement Award

The World Soundtrack Awards are held annually at the end of the Ghent Film Festival, which honors Belgian and international films, with a focus on film music.

Watch: Jai Ho


Watch: Alexandre Desplat 2009 Score of the year





  1. Hello. I will not preach to the choir praising the oeuvre of Mr Hamlisch; all recognitions justified. All best, Leslie

    • Dear Marvin, This is just to say what a pleasure it was to meet you in Ghent. I have listened to your music all my life. Your sensitive, elegant, sophisticated music inhabits the same universe as another favourite composer of mine, Michel Legrand. If I could turn back the clocks and relive my musical career during the 1950s and 60s I would! Your comments about my score and the few words we exchanged in Ghent meant a great deal to me and I would certainly love to keep in contact. With warmest wishes /Christopher