Best Original Score Winners

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Since 1934 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored the work of composers that have contributed their music to film. Music was initially seen as a way to cover up the sound of projectors in silent film houses. With the introduction of sound films, composers were given a chance to provide something more. Since then film scores have created character identities and helped make movies memorable. This category has produced some of the most awarded members of the film community. Alfred Newman won this award nine times, the most of any composer. John Williams has won five times out of 44 nominations. The many composers who have contributed their work to films have certainly left their mark on the industry.

The Winning Films Are…

1934 – One Night of Love

1935 – The Informer

1936 – Anthony Adverse

1937 – One Hundred Men and a Girl

1938

  • Best Original Score – The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Best Scoring – Alexander’s Ragtime Band

1939 –

  • Best Original Score – The Wizard of Oz
  • Best Scoring – Stagecoach

1940 –

  • Best Original Score – Pinocchio
  • Best Scoring – Tin Pan Alley

1941 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture – All That Money Can Buy
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Dumbo

1942 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Now, Voyager
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Yankee Doodle Dandy

1943 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – The Song of Bernadette
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – This Is the Army

1944 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Since You Went Away
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Cover Girl

1945 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Spellbound
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Anchors Aweigh

1946 –

1947 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – A Double Life
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Mother Wore Tights

1948 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – The Red Shoes
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Easter Parade

1949 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – The Heiress
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – On the Town

1950 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Sunset Blvd.
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Annie Get Your Gun

1951 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – A Place in the Sun
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – An American in Paris

1952 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – High Noon
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – With a Song in My Heart

1953 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Lili
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Call Me Madam

1954 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – The High and the Mighty
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1955 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Oklahoma!

1956 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Around the World in 80 Days
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – The King and I

1957 –

  • Best Original Score – The Bridge on the River Kwai

1958 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – The Old Man and the Sea
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Gigi

1959 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Ben-Hur
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Porgy and Bess

1960 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Exodus
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Song Without End (The Story of Franz Liszt)

1961 –

1962 –

1963 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Tom Jones
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Irma la Douce

1964 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Mary Poppins
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – My Fair Lady

1965 –

1966 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Born Free
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

1967 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Camelot

1968 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – The Lion in Winter
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Oliver!

1969 –

  • Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Hello, Dolly!

1970 –

  • Best Original Score – Love Story
  • Best Original Song Score – Let It Be

1971 –

  • Best Original Dramatic Score – Summer of ’42
  • Best Original Song Score – Fiddler on the Roof

1972 –

  • Best Original Dramatic Score – Limelight
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – Cabaret

1973 –

  • Best Original Dramatic Score – The Way We Were
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – The Sting

1974 –

  • Best Original Dramatic Score – The Godfather: Part II
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – The Great Gatsby

1975 –

  • Best Original Dramatic Score – Jaws
  • Best Scoring of a Musical Picture – Barry Lyndon

1976 –

  • Best Original Score – The Omen
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – Bound for Glory

1977 –

  • Best Original Score – Star Wars
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – A Little Night Music

1978 –

  • Best Original Score – Midnight Express
  • Best Adaptation Score – The Buddy Holly Story

1979 –

  • Best Original Score – A Little Romance
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – All That Jazz

1980 –

  • Best Original Score – Fame

1981 –

1982 –

1983 –

  • Best Original Score – The Right Stuff
  • Best Original Song Score and Adaptation – Yentl

1984 –

  • Best Original Score – A Passage to India
  • Best Original Song Score – Purple Rain

1985 –

1986 –

  • Best Original Score – Round Midnight

1987 –

1988 –

  • Best Original Score – The Milagro Beanfield War

1989 –

  • Best Original Score – The Little Mermaid

1990 –

1991 –

1992 –

  • Best Original Score – Aladdin

1993 –

1994 –

  • Best Original Score – The Lion King

1995 –

  • Best Dramatic Score – The Postman
  • Best Musical or Comedy Score – Pocahontas

1996 –

1997 –

  • Best Dramatic Score – Titanic
  • Best Musical or Comedy Score – The Full Monty

1998 –

1999 –

  • Best Original Score – The Red Violin

2000 –

  • Best Original Score – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001 –

2002 –

  • Best Original Score – Frida

2003 –

2004 –

  • Best Original Score – Finding Neverland

2005 –

  • Best Original Score – Brokeback Mountain

2006 –

  • Best Original Score – Babel

2007 –

  • Best Original Score – Atonement

2008 –

2009 –

  • Best Original Score – Up

2010 –

  • Best Original Score – The Social Network

2011 –

2012 –

2013 –

2014 –

2015 –

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