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Academy Award for Best Original Score
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Country United States
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The Academy Award for Original Score is given to the best body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring that is written specifically for a movie.

Winners and nominees

1930s

  • 1934
    • MUSIC (Scoring): One Night of Love – Columbia Studio Music Department, Louis Silvers, head of department (Thematic Music by Victor Schertzinger and Gus Kahn)
      • The Gay Divorcee RKO Radio Studio Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Kenneth Webb and Samuel Hoffenstein)
      • The Lost Patrol – RKO Radio Studio Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)
  • 1935
    • MUSIC (Scoring): The Informer – RKO Radio Studio Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)
      • (Write-in candidate) Captain Blood – Warner Bros.-First National Studio Music Department, Leo F. Forbstein, head of department (Score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
      • Mutiny on the Bounty – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Music Department, Nat W. Finston, head of department (Score by Herbert Stothart)
      • Peter Ibbetson – Paramount Studio Music Department, Irvin Talbot, head of department (Score by Ernst Toch)
  • 1936
    • MUSIC (Scoring): Anthony Adverse – Warner Bros. Studio Music Department, Leo F. Forbstein, head of department (Score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
      • The Charge of the Light Brigade – Warner Bros. Studio Music Department, Leo F. Forbstein, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)
      • The Garden of Allah – Selznick International Pictures Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)
      • The General Died at Dawn – Paramount Studio Music Department, Boris Morros, head of department (Score by Werner Janssen)
      • Winterset – RKO Radio Studio Music Department, Nathaniel Shilkret, head of department (Score by Nathaniel Shilkret)
  • 1937
    • MUSIC (Scoring): One Hundred Men and a Girl – Universal Studio Music Department, Charles Previn, head of department (no composer credit)
      • The Hurricane – Samuel Goldwyn Studio Music Department, Alfred Newman, head of department (Score by Alfred Newman)
      • In Old Chicago – 20th Century-Fox Studio Music Department, Louis Silvers, head of department (no composer credit)
      • The Life of Emile Zola – Warner Bros. Studio Music Department, Leo F. Forbstein, head of department (Score by Max Steiner)
      • Lost Horizon – Columbia Studio Music Department, Morris Stoloff, head of department (Score by Dimitri Tiomkin)
      • Make a Wish – Principal Productions, Hugo Riesenfeld, musical director (Score by Hugo Riesenfeld)
      • Maytime – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Music Department, Nat W. Finston, head of department (Score by Herbert Stothart)
      • Portia on Trial – Republic Studio Music Department, Alberto Colombo, head of department (Score by Alberto Colombo)
      • The Prisoner of Zenda – Selznick International Pictures Music Department, Alfred Newman, musical director (Score by Alfred Newman)
      • Quality Street – RKO Radio Studio Music Department, Roy Webb, musical director (Score by Roy Webb)
      • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Walt Disney Studio Music Department, Leigh Harline, head of department (Score by Frank Churchill, Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith)
      • Something to Sing About – Grand National Studio Music Department, C. Bakaleinikoff, musical director (Score by Victor Schertzinger)
      • Souls at Sea – Paramount Studio Music Department, Boris Morros, head of department (Score by W. Franke Harling and Milan Roder)
      • Way Out West – Hal Roach Studio Music Department, Marvin Hatley, head of department (Score by Marvin Hatley)
  • 1938
    • MUSIC (Original Score): The Adventures of Robin Hood – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      • Army Girl – Victor Young
      • Block-Heads – Marvin Hatley
      • Blockade – Werner Janssen
      • Breaking the Ice – Victor Young
      • The Cowboy and the Lady – Alfred Newman
      • If I Were King – Richard Hageman
      • Marie Antoinette – Herbert Stothart
      • Pacific Liner – Russell Bennett (early alternate billing for Robert Russell Bennett)
      • Suez – Louis Silvers
      • The Young in Heart – Franz Waxman
    • MUSIC (Scoring): Alexander's Ragtime Band – Alfred Newman
      • Carefree – Victor Baravalle
      • Girls' School – Morris Stoloff and Gregory Stone
      • The Goldwyn Follies – Alfred Newman
      • JezebelMax Steiner
      • Mad About Music – Charles Previn and Frank Skinner
      • Storm Over Bengal – Cy Feuer
      • Sweethearts – Herbert Stothart
      • There Goes My Heart – Marvin Hatley
      • Tropic Holiday – Boris Morros
      • The Young in Heart – Franz Waxman
  • 1939
    • MUSIC (Original Score): The Wizard of Oz – Herbert Stothart
      • Dark VictoryMax Steiner
      • Eternally Yours – Werner Janssen
      • Golden Boy – Victor Young
      • Gone with the WindMax Steiner
      • Gulliver's Travels – Victor Young
      • The Man in the Iron Mask – Lud Gluskin, Lucien Moraweck
      • Man of Conquest – Victor Young
      • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • Nurse Edith Cavell – Anthony Collins
      • Of Mice and MenAaron Copland
      • The Rains Came – Alfred Newman
      • Wuthering Heights – Alfred Newman
      • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Alfred Newman
    • MUSIC (Scoring): Stagecoach – Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken
      • Babes in Arms (film) – Roger Edens, George Stoll

1940s

  • 1940
    • MUSIC (Original Score): Pinocchio – Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith, composers; Ned Washington, lyricist
      • Arizona – Victor Young
      • The Dark Command – Victor Young
      • The Fight for Life – Louis Gruenberg
      • The Great Dictator – Meredith Willson
      • The House of the Seven Gables – Frank Skinner
      • The Howards of Virginia – Richard Hageman
      • The LetterMax Steiner
      • The Long Voyage Home – Richard Hageman
      • The Mark of Zorro – Alfred Newman
      • My Favorite Wife – Roy Webb
      • North West Mounted Police – Victor Young
      • One Million B.C. – Werner Heymann
      • Our TownAaron Copland
      • Rebecca – Franz Waxman
      • The Thief of BagdadMiklós Rózsa
      • Waterloo Bridge – Herbert Stothart
    • MUSIC (Scoring): Tin Pan Alley – Alfred Newman
      • Arise, My Love – Victor Young
      • Hit Parade of 1941 – Cy Feuer
      • Irene – Anthony Collins
      • Our TownAaron Copland
      • The Sea Hawk – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      • Second ChorusArtie Shaw
      • Spring Parade – Charles Previn
      • Strike Up the Band – Roger Edens, Georgie Stoll
  • 1941
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic Picture): All That Money Can BuyBernard Herrmann
      • Back Street – Frank Skinner
      • Ball of Fire – Alfred Newman
      • Cheers for Miss Bishop – Edward Ward
      • Citizen KaneBernard Herrmann
      • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Franz Waxman
      • Hold Back the Dawn – Victor Young
      • How Green Was My Valley – Alfred Newman
      • King of the Zombies – Edward Kay
      • Ladies in Retirement – Morris Stoloff, Ernst Toch
      • The Little Foxes – Meredith Willson
      • LydiaMiklós Rózsa
      • Mercy Island – Cy Feuer, Walter Scharf
      • Sergeant YorkMax Steiner
      • So Ends Our Night – Louis Gruenberg
      • SundownMiklós Rózsa
      • Suspicion – Franz Waxman
      • Tanks a Million – Edward Ward
      • That Uncertain Feeling – Werner Heymann
      • This Woman Is Mine – Richard Hageman
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Dumbo – Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace
      • All-American Co-Ed – Edward Ward
      • Birth of the Blues – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Buck Privates – Charles Previn
      • The Chocolate Soldier – Herbert Stothart, Bronislaw Kaper
      • Ice-Capades – Cy Feuer
      • The Strawberry Blonde – Heinz Roemheld
      • Sun Valley Serenade – Emil Newman
      • Sunny – Anthony Collins
      • You'll Never Get Rich – Morris Stoloff
  • 1942
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Now, VoyagerMax Steiner
      • Arabian Nights – Frank Skinner
      • Bambi – Frank Churchill (posthumous nomination), Edward Plumb
      • The Black Swan – Alfred Newman
      • The Corsican Brothers – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • Flying Tigers – Victor Young
      • The Gold Rush – Max Terr
      • I Married a Witch – Roy Webb
      • Joan of Paris – Roy Webb
      • Jungle BookMiklós Rózsa
      • Klondike Fury – Edward Kay
      • The Pride of the Yankees – Leigh Harline
      • Random Harvest – Herbert Stothart
      • The Shanghai Gesture – Richard Hageman
      • Silver Queen – Victor Young
      • Take a Letter, Darling – Victor Young
      • The Talk of the Town – Friedrich Hollaender, Morris Stoloff
      • To Be or Not to Be – Werner Heymann
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Yankee Doodle Dandy – Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld
      • Flying with Music – Edward Ward
      • For Me and My Gal – Roger Edens, Georgie Stoll
      • Holiday Inn – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • It Started with Eve – Hans Salter, Charles Previn
      • Johnny Doughboy – Walter Scharf
      • My Gal Sal – Alfred Newman
      • You Were Never Lovelier – Leigh Harline
  • 1943
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The Song of Bernadette – Alfred Newman
      • The Amazing Mrs. Holliday – Frank Skinner, Hans J. Salter
      • CasablancaMax Steiner
      • Commandos Strike at Dawn – Morris Stoloff, Louis Gruenberg
      • The Fallen Sparrow – Roy Webb, C. Bakaleinikoff
      • For Whom the Bell Tolls – Victor Young
      • Hangmen Also Die – Hanns Eisler
      • Hi Diddle Diddle – Phil Boutelje
      • In Old Oklahoma – Walter Scharf
      • Johnny Come Lately – Leigh Harline
      • The Kansan – Gerard Carbonara
      • Lady of Burlesque – Arthur Lange
      • Madame Curie – Herbert Stothart
      • The Moon and Sixpence – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • The North StarAaron Copland
      • Victory Through Air Power – Edward H. Plumb, Paul Smith, Oliver Wallace
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): This Is the Army – Ray Heindorf
      • Coney Island – Alfred Newman
      • Hit Parade of 1943 – Walter Scharf
      • Phantom of the Opera – Edward Ward
      • Saludos Amigos – Charles Wolcott, Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith
      • The Sky's the Limit – Leigh Harline
      • Something to Shout About – Morris Stoloff
      • Stage Door Canteen – Frederic E. Rich
      • Star Spangled Rhythm – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Thousands Cheer – Herbert Stothart
  • 1944
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Since You Went AwayMax Steiner
      • Address Unknown – Morris Stoloff, Ernst Toch
      • The Adventures of Mark TwainMax Steiner
      • The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • Casanova Brown – Arthur Lange
      • Christmas Holiday – H. J. Salter
      • Double IndemnityMiklós Rózsa
      • The Fighting Seabees – Walter Scharf, Roy Webb
      • The Hairy Ape – Edward Paul, Michel Michelet
      • It Happened Tomorrow – Robert Stolz
      • Jack London – Frederic Efrem Rich
      • Kismet – Herbert Stothart
      • None but the Lonely Heart – Hanns Eisler, C. Bakaleinikoff
      • The Princess and the Pirate – David Rose
      • Summer Storm – Karl Hajos
      • Three Russian Girls – Franke Harling
      • Up in Mabel's Room – Edward Paul
      • Voice in the Wind – Michel Michelet
      • Wilson – Alfred Newman
      • Woman of the TownMiklós Rózsa
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Cover Girl – Morris Stoloff, Carmen Dragon
      • Brazil – Walter Scharf
      • Higher and Higher – C. Bakaleinikoff
      • Hollywood Canteen – Ray Heindorf
      • Irish Eyes Are Smiling – Alfred Newman
      • Knickerbocker Holiday – Werner R. Heymann, Kurt Weill
      • Lady in the Dark – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Lady, Let's Dance – Edward Kay
      • Meet Me in St. Louis – Georgie Stoll
      • The Merry Monahans – H. J. Salter
      • Minstrel ManFerde Grofé, Leo Erdody
      • Sensations of 1945 – Mahlon Merrick
      • Song of the Open Road – Charles Previn
      • Up in Arms – Ray Heindorf, Louis Forbes
  • 1945
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): SpellboundMiklós Rózsa
      • The Bells of St. Mary's – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Brewster's Millions – Lou Forbes
      • Captain Kidd – Werner Janssen
      • The Enchanted Cottage – Roy Webb
      • Flame of Barbary Coast – Morton Scott, Dale Butts
      • G. I. Honeymoon – Edward J. Kay
      • The Story of G.I. Joe – Louis Applebaum, Ann Ronell
      • Guest in the House – Werner Janssen
      • Guest Wife – Daniele Amfitheatrof
      • The Keys of the Kingdom – Alfred Newman
      • The Lost WeekendMiklós Rózsa
      • Love Letters – Victor Young
      • The Man Who Walked Alone – Karl Hajos
      • Objective, Burma! – Franz Waxman
      • Paris Underground – Alexandre Tansman
      • A Song to RememberMiklós Rózsa, Morris Stoloff
      • The Southerner – Werner Janssen
      • This Love of Ours – H. J. Salter
      • The Valley of Decision – Herbert Stothart
      • The Woman in the Window – Arthur Lange, Hugo Friedhofer
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Anchors Aweigh – Georgie Stoll
      • Belle of the Yukon – Arthur Lange
      • Can't Help SingingJerome Kern (posthumous nomination), H. J. Salter
      • Hitchhike to Happiness – Morton Scott
      • Incendiary Blonde – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Rhapsody in Blue – Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner
      • State Fair – Alfred Newman, Charles Henderson
      • Sunbonnet Sue – Edward J. Kay
      • The Three Caballeros – Charles Wolcott, Edward Plumb, Paul J. Smith
      • Tonight and Every Night – Marlin Skiles, Morris Stoloff
      • Why Girls Leave Home – Walter Greene
      • Wonder Man – Ray Heindorf, Lou Forbes
  • 1946
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The Best Years of Our Lives – Hugo Friedhofer
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): The Jolson Story – Morris Stoloff
      • Blue Skies – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Centennial Summer – Alfred Newman
      • The Harvey Girls – Lennie Hayton
      • Night and Day – Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner
  • 1947
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): A Double LifeMiklós Rózsa
      • The Bishop's Wife – Hugo Friedhofer
      • Captain from Castile – Alfred Newman
      • Forever Amber – David Raksin
      • Life with FatherMax Steiner
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Mother Wore Tights – Alfred Newman
      • Fiesta – Johnny Green
      • My Wild Irish Rose – Ray Heindorf, Max Steiner
      • Road to Rio – Robert Emmett Dolan
      • Song of the South – Daniele Amfitheatrof, Paul J. Smith, Charles Wolcott
  • 1948
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The Red Shoes – Brian Easdale
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Easter Parade – Johnny Green, Roger Edens
      • The Emperor Waltz – Victor Young
      • The Pirate – Lennie Hayton
      • Romance on the High Seas – Ray Heindorf
      • When My Baby Smiles at Me – Alfred Newman
  • 1949
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The HeiressAaron Copland
      • Beyond the ForestMax Steiner
      • Champion – Dimitri Tiomkin
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): On the Town – Roger Edens, Lennie Hayton
      • Jolson Sings Again – Morris Stoloff, George Duning
      • Look for the Silver Lining – Ray Heindorf

1950s

  • 1950
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Sunset Boulevard – Franz Waxman
      • All About Eve – Alfred Newman
      • The Flame and the ArrowMax Steiner
      • No Sad Songs for Me – George Duning
      • Samson and Delilah – Victor Young
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Annie Get Your Gun – Adolph Deutsch, Roger Edens
  • 1951
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): A Place in the Sun – Franz Waxman
      • David and Bathsheba – Alfred Newman
      • Death of a Salesman – Alex North
      • Quo VadisMiklós Rózsa
      • A Streetcar Named Desire – Alex North
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): An American in Paris – Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin
      • Alice in WonderlandOliver Wallace
      • The Great Caruso – Peter Herman Adler, Johnny Green
      • On the Riviera – Alfred Newman
      • Show Boat – Adolph Deutsch, Conrad Salinger
  • 1952
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): High Noon – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • IvanhoeMiklós Rózsa
      • The Miracle of Our Lady of FatimaMax Steiner
      • The Thief – Herschel Burke Gilbert
      • Viva Zapata! – Alex North
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): With a Song in My Heart – Alfred Newman
  • 1953
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Lili – Bronislau Kaper
      • Above and Beyond – Hugo Friedhofer
      • From Here to Eternity – Morris Stoloff, George Duning
      • Julius CaesarMiklós Rózsa
      • This is Cinerama – Louis Forbes
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Call Me Madam – Alfred Newman
      • The Band Wagon – Adolph Deutsch
      • Calamity Jane – Ray Heindorf
      • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T – Friedrich Hollaender, Morris Stoloff
      • Kiss Me KateAndre Previn, Saul Chaplin
  • 1954
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The High and the Mighty – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • The Caine MutinyMax Steiner
      • Genevieve – Larry Adler (Front: Muir Mathieson)
      • On the WaterfrontLeonard Bernstein
      • The Silver Chalice – Franz Waxman
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Adolph Deutsch, Saul Chaplin
      • Carmen Jones – Herschel Burke Gilbert
      • The Glenn Miller Story – Joseph Gershenson, Henry Mancini
      • A Star Is Born – Ray Heindorf
      • There's No Business Like Show Business – Alfred Newman, Lionel Newman
  • 1955
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing – Alfred Newman
      • Battle CryMax Steiner
      • The Man with the Golden ArmElmer Bernstein
      • Picnic – George Duning
      • The Rose Tattoo – Alex North
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Oklahoma! – Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton, Adolph Deutsch
      • Daddy Long Legs – Alfred Newman
      • Guys and Dolls – Jay Blackton, Cyril J. Mockridge
      • It's Always Fair WeatherAndre Previn
      • Love Me or Leave Me – Percy Faith, George Stoll
  • 1956
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Around the World in Eighty Days – Victor Young (posthumous award)
      • Anastasia – Alfred Newman
      • Between Heaven and Hell – Hugo Friedhofer
      • Giant – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • The Rainmaker – Alex North
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): The King and I – Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
      • The Best Things in Life Are Free – Lionel Newman
      • The Eddy Duchin Story – Morris Stoloff, George Duning
      • High Society – Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin
      • Meet Me in Las Vegas – George Stoll, Johnny Green
  • 1957
  • 1958
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The Old Man and the Sea – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • The Big Country – Jerome Moross
      • Separate Tables – David Raksin
      • White WildernessOliver Wallace
      • The Young Lions – Hugo Friedhofer
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): GigiAndre Previn
      • The Bolshoi Ballet – Yuri Faier, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
      • Damn Yankees – Ray Heindorf
      • Mardi Gras – Lionel Newman
      • South Pacific – Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
  • 1959
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Ben-HurMiklós Rózsa
      • The Diary of Anne Frank – Alfred Newman
      • The Nun's Story – Franz Waxman
      • On the Beach – Ernest Gold
      • Pillow Talk – Frank DeVol
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Porgy and BessAndre Previn, Ken Darby
      • The Five Pennies – Leith Stevens
      • Li'l Abner – Nelson Riddle, Joseph J. Lilley
      • Say One for Me – Lionel Newman
      • Sleeping Beauty – George Bruns

1960s

  • 1960
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Exodus – Ernest Gold
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): Song without End (The Story of Franz Liszt) – Morris Stoloff, Harry Sukman
      • Bells Are RingingAndre Previn
      • Can-Can – Nelson Riddle
      • Let's Make Love – Lionel Newman, Earle H. Hagen
      • Pepe – Johnny Green
  • 1961
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Breakfast at Tiffany'sHenry Mancini
    • MUSIC (Scoring of a Musical Picture): West Side Story – Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal
  • 1962
    • MUSIC (Substantially Original Score): Lawrence of Arabia – Maurice Jarre
    • MUSIC (Scoring of Music-adaptation or treatment): The Music Man – Ray Heindorf
      • Billy Rose's Jumbo – George Stoll
      • Gigot – Michel Magne
      • Gypsy – Frank Perkins
      • The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Leigh Harline
  • 1963
    • MUSIC (Substantially Original Score): Tom Jones – John Addison
      • Cleopatra – Alex North
      • 55 Days at Peking – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • How the West Was Won – Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
      • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Ernest Gold
    • MUSIC (Scoring of Music-adaptation or treatment): Irma la DouceAndre Previn
      • Bye Bye Birdie – Johnny Green
      • A New Kind of Love – Leith Stevens
      • Sundays and Cybele – Maurice Jarre
      • The Sword in the Stone – George Bruns
  • 1964
    • MUSIC (Substantially Original Score): Mary PoppinsRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
      • Becket – Laurence Rosenthal
      • The Fall of the Roman Empire – Dimitri Tiomkin
      • Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte – Frank DeVol
      • The Pink PantherHenry Mancini
    • MUSIC (Scoring of Music-adaptation or treatment): My Fair LadyAndre Previn
      • A Hard Day's NightGeorge Martin
      • Mary Poppins – Irwin Kostal
      • Robin and the 7 Hoods – Nelson Riddle
      • The Unsinkable Molly Brown – Robert Armbruster, Leo Arnaud, Jack Elliott, Jack Hayes, Calvin Jackson, Leo Shuken
  • 1965
    • MUSIC (Substantially Original Score): Doctor Zhivago – Maurice Jarre
      • The Agony and the Ecstasy – Alex North
      • The Greatest Story Ever Told – Alfred Newman
      • A Patch of BlueJerry Goldsmith
      • The Umbrellas of CherbourgMichel Legrand, Jacques Demy
    • MUSIC (Scoring of Music-adaptation or treatment): The Sound of Music – Irwin Kostal
      • Cat Ballou – DeVol
      • The Pleasure Seekers – Lionel Newman, Alexander Courage
      • A Thousand Clowns – Don Walker
      • The Umbrellas of CherbourgMichel Legrand
  • 1966
    • MUSIC (Original Music Score): Born FreeJohn Barry
      • The Bible: In the Beginning – Toshiro Mayuzumi
      • HawaiiElmer Bernstein
      • The Sand PebblesJerry Goldsmith
      • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Alex North
    • MUSIC (Scoring of Music-adaptation or treatment): A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Ken Thorne
      • The Gospel According to St. Matthew – Luis Enrique Bacalov
      • Return of the SevenElmer Bernstein
      • The Singing Nun – Harry Sukman
      • Stop the World - I Want to Get Off – Al Ham
  • 1967
  • 1968
    • MUSIC (Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical)): The Lion in WinterJohn Barry
      • The Fox – Lalo Schifrin
      • Planet of the ApesJerry Goldsmith
      • The Shoes of the Fisherman – Alex North
      • The Thomas Crown AffairMichel Legrand
    • MUSIC (Score of a Musical Picture-original or adaptation): Oliver! – Adaptation score by Johnny Green
      • Finian's Rainbow – Adaptation score by Ray Heindorf
      • Funny Girl – Adaptation score by Walter Scharf
      • Star! – Adaptation score by Lennie Hayton
      • The Young Girls of Rochefort – Music and adaptation score by Michel Legrand; lyrics by Jacques Demy
  • 1969
    • MUSIC (Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical)): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBurt Bacharach
      • Anne of the Thousand Days – Georges Delerue
      • The ReiversJohn Williams
      • The Secret of Santa Vittoria – Ernest Gold
      • The Wild Bunch – Jerry Fielding
    • MUSIC (Score of a Musical Picture-original or adaptation): Hello, Dolly! – Adaptation score by Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman
      • Goodbye, Mr. Chips – Music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse; adaptation score by John Williams
      • Paint Your Wagon – Adaptation score by Nelson Riddle
      • Sweet Charity – Adaptation score by Cy Coleman
      • They Shoot Horses, Don't They? – Adaptation score by John Green and Albert Woodbury

1970s

  • 1970
    • Original Score: Love Story – Francis Lai
    • Original Song Score: Let It BeThe Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr)
      • The Baby Maker – music by Fred Karlin; lyrics by Tylwyth Kymry
      • A Boy Named Charlie Brown – music by Rod McKuen, John Scott Trotter; lyrics by Rod McKuen, Bill Meléndez; Al Shean; adaptation score by Vince Guaraldi
      • Darling Lili – Music by Henry Mancini; lyrics by Johnny Mercer
      • Scrooge – music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse; arranged/adapted by Ian Fraser and Herbert W. Spencer
  • 1971
  • 1972
    • Original Dramatic Score: LimelightCharlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch (posthumous award), Larry Russell (posthumous award) (Note: This film was originally screened in 1952, but it was not shown in Los Angeles until 1972, at which point it become eligible for this nomination)
      • The Godfather – Nino Rota (Note: This nomination was withdrawn when it was found that Rota had used music from an earlier score, and the nominations was replaced by that of Sleuth)
      • ImagesJohn Williams
      • Napoleon and Samantha – Buddy Baker
      • The Poseidon AdventureJohn Williams
      • Sleuth – John Addison
    • Original Song Score and Adaptation: Cabaret – Adaptation Score by Ralph Burns
      • Lady Sings the Blues – Adaptation Score by Gil Askey
      • Man of La Mancha – Adaptation Score by Laurence Rosenthal
  • 1973
  • 1974
    • Original Dramatic Score: The Godfather Part II – Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola
    • Original Song Score and Adaptation: The Great Gatsby – Adaptation Score by Nelson Riddle
      • The Little Prince – Song Score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe; Adaptation Score by Angela Morley and Douglas Gamley
      • Phantom of the Paradise – Song Score by Paul Williams; Adaptation Score by Paul Williams and George Aliceson Tipton
  • 1975
    • Original Dramatic Score: JawsJohn Williams
      • Birds Do It, Bees Do It – Gerald Fried
      • Bite the Bullet (film) – Alex North
      • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – Jack Nitzsche
      • The Wind and the LionJerry Goldsmith
    • Original Song Score and Adaptation: Barry Lyndon – Adaptation Score by Leonard Rosenman
      • Funny Lady – Adaptation Score by Peter Matz
      • Tommy – Adaptation Score by Peter Townshend
  • 1976
    • Original Score: The OmenJerry Goldsmith
      • ObsessionBernard Herrmann (posthumous nomination)
      • The Outlaw Josey Wales – Jerry Fielding
      • Taxi DriverBernard Herrmann (posthumous nomination)
      • Voyage of the Damned – Lalo Schifrin
    • Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score: Bound for Glory – Adaptation Score by Leonard Rosenman
      • Bugsy Malone – Song Score and Adaptation Score by Paul Williams
      • A Star Is Born – Adaptation Score by Roger Kellaway
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979
    • Original Score: A Little Romance – Georges Delerue
    • Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score: All That Jazz – Adaptation Score by Ralph Burns
      • Breaking Away – Adaptation Score by Patrick Williams
      • The Muppet Movie – Song Score by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher; Adaptation Score by Paul Williams

1980s

  • 1983
    • Original Score: The Right Stuff – Bill Conti
    • Original Song Score or Adaptation Score: Yentl – Song Score by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
      • The Sting II – Adaptation Score by Lalo Schifrin
      • Trading Places – Adaptation Score by Elmer Bernstein

Best Original Score

  • 1985: Out of AfricaJohn Barry
    • Agnes of God – Georges Delerue
    • The Color PurpleQuincy Jones; Jeremy Lubbock; Rod Temperton; Caiphus Semenya; Andraé Crouch; Chris Boardman; Jorge Calandrelli; Joel Rosenbaum; Fred Steiner; Jack Hayes; Jerry Hey; Randy Kerber
    • Silverado – Bruce Broughton
    • Witness – Maurice Jarre
  • 1988: The Milagro Beanfield War – Dave Grusin

1990s

Note: From 1995 to 1998, songwriters and lyricists along with orchestral underscore composers were also eligible for nominations in the "Musical or Comedy Score" category.

Year Winner
Composer
Nominees
1990 Dances with Wolves
John Barry
1991 Beauty and the Beast
Alan Menken
1992 Aladdin
Alan Menken
  • Basic InstinctJerry Goldsmith
  • ChaplinJohn Barry
  • Howards End – Richard Robbins
  • A River Runs Through It – Mark Isham
1993 Schindler's List
John Williams
1994 The Lion King
Hans Zimmer
  • Forrest Gump – Alan Silvestri
  • Interview with the VampireElliot Goldenthal
  • Little Women – Thomas Newman
  • The Shawshank Redemption – Thomas Newman
1995 Dramatic Score:
The Postman (Il postino)
– Luis Bacalov
Musical or Comedy Score:
Pocahontas
– Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Orchestral Score by Alan Menken
1996 Dramatic Score:
The English Patient
– Gabriel Yared
Musical or Comedy Score:
Emma
Rachel Portman
1997 Dramatic Score:
Titanic
James Horner
Musical or Comedy Score:
The Full Monty
– Anne Dudley
1998 Dramatic Score:
Life Is Beautiful
– Nicola Piovani
Musical or Comedy Score:
Shakespeare in Love
– Stephen Warbeck
1999 The Red Violin
– John Corigliano
  • American Beauty – Thomas Newman
  • Angela's AshesJohn Williams
  • The Cider House RulesRachel Portman
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley – Gabriel Yared

2000s

Year Winner
Composer
Nominees
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
– Tan Dun
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
– Howard Shore
2002 Frida
Elliot Goldenthal
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
– Howard Shore
  • Big FishDanny Elfman
  • Cold Mountain – Gabriel Yared
  • Finding Nemo – Thomas Newman
  • House of Sand and FogJames Horner
2004 Finding Neverland
– Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJohn Williams
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events – Thomas Newman
  • The Passion of the Christ – John Debney
  • The VillageJames Newton Howard
2005 Brokeback Mountain
Gustavo Santaolalla
  • The Constant Gardener – Alberto Iglesias
  • Memoirs of a GeishaJohn Williams
  • MunichJohn Williams
  • Pride & Prejudice – Dario Marianelli
2006 Babel
Gustavo Santaolalla
  • The Good German – Thomas Newman
  • Notes on a ScandalPhilip Glass
  • Pan's Labyrinth – Javier Navarrete
  • The Queen – Alexandre Desplat
2007 Atonement
– Dario Marianelli
  • 3:10 to Yuma – Marco Beltrami
  • The Kite Runner – Alberto Iglesias
  • Michael ClaytonJames Newton Howard
  • Ratatouille – Michael Giacchino
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
– A. R. Rahman
2009 Up
– Michael Giacchino
  • AvatarJames Horner
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Hurt Locker – Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
  • Sherlock HolmesHans Zimmer

2010s

Year Winner
Composer
Nominees
2010 The Social Network
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
2011 The Artist
– Ludovic Bource

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