Academy Award for Original Music Score

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Academy Award for Best Original Score
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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.[1]

Winners and nominees[change | change source]

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Best Original Score

1990s[change | change source]

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.[3]

Year Winner
1990 Dances with Wolves
John Barry
1991 Beauty and the Beast
Alan Menken
1992 Aladdin
Alan Menken
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:
– 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:
Rachel Portman
1997 Dramatic Score:
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[change | change source]

Year Winner
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[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Academy Awards rules".
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  4. Lisa Gerrard and Klaus Badelt also received screen credit for music score, but only Zimmer was deemed eligible for the nomination.