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Academy Award for Best Original Score
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Country United States

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
  • 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 HoodErich 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 HeartFranz 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 HeartFranz Waxman
  • 1939

1940s

  • 1940
  • 1941
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic Picture): All That Money Can BuyBernard Herrmann
    • 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 BrothersDimitri 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 DieHanns 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 SixpenceDimitri 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 ReyDimitri 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 HeartHanns 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
  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948
  • 1949

1950s

  • 1950
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Sunset BoulevardFranz 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
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1954
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): The High and the MightyDimitri Tiomkin
    • 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 MePercy 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
      • GiantDimitri 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 SeaDimitri 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
  • 1959
    • MUSIC (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture): Ben-HurMiklós Rózsa
      • The Diary of Anne Frank – Alfred Newman
      • The Nun's StoryFranz 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 BeautyGeorge Bruns

1960s

1970s

1980s

Best Original Score

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
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

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
2004 Finding Neverland
– Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
2005 Brokeback Mountain
Gustavo Santaolalla
2006 Babel
Gustavo Santaolalla
2007 Atonement
Dario Marianelli
2008 Slumdog Millionaire
A. R. Rahman
2009 Up
Michael Giacchino

2010s

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