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BAFTA Award for Best Original Music

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BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Awarded forExcellence in film music
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byHans Zimmer for Dune (2021)

The BAFTA Award for Best Original Music is annual award for movie composers. It is given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. It used to be called Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music.

John Williams and Hans Zimmer have the most nominations.

Winners and nominees[change | change source]

1960s[change | change source]

Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
Year Movie Recipient(s)
The Lion in Winter John Barry
The Charge of the Light Brigade John Addison
Live For Life (Vivre Pour Vivre) Francis Lai
Romeo and Juliet Nino Rota
Z Mikis Theodorakis
Secret Ceremony Richard Rodney Bennett
The Thomas Crown Affair Michel Legrand
Women in Love Georges Delerue

1970s[change | change source]

Year movie Recipient(s)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Burt Bacharach
Alice's Restaurant Arlo Guthrie
Figures in a Landscape Richard Rodney Bennett
The Railway Children Johnny Douglas
Summer of '42 Michel Legrand
Little Big Man John Hammond
Shaft Isaac Hayes
Traffic Charles Dumont
The Godfather Nino Rota
Lady Caroline Lamb Richard Rodney Bennett
The Tragedy of Macbeth Third Ear Band
Young Winston Alfred Ralston
O Lucky Man! Alan Price
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Bob Dylan
Sounder Taj Mahal
State of Siege Mikis Theodorakis
Murder on the Orient Express Richard Rodney Bennett
Chinatown Jerry Goldsmith
Happy New Year Francis Lai
Serpico Mikis Theodorakis
The Three Musketeers Michel Legrand
Jaws and The Towering Inferno John Williams
The Godfather Part II Nino Rota
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three David Shire
The Wind and the Lion Jerry Goldsmith
Taxi Driver Bernard Herrmann
Bugsy Malone Paul Williams
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nitzsche
The Slipper and the Rose Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
A Bridge Too Far John Addison
Equus Richard Rodney Bennett
The Spy Who Loved Me Marvin Hamlisch
A Star Is Born Paul Williams, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Ascher, Rupert Holmes, Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Donna Weiss
Star Wars John Williams
Close Encounters of the Third Kind John Williams
Julia Georges Delerue
Saturday Night Fever Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb
Days of Heaven Ennio Morricone
Alien Jerry Goldsmith
Apocalypse Now Carmine Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola
Yanks Richard Rodney Bennett

1980s[change | change source]

Best Original Film Music
Year Movie Recipient(s)
The Empire Strikes Back John Williams
Breaking Glass Hazel O'Connor
Fame Michael Gore
Flash Gordon John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and Howard Blake
The French Lieutenant's Woman Carl Davis
Chariots of Fire Vangelis
Raiders of the Lost Ark John Williams
Arthur Burt Bacharach
Best Score for a Film
Year Movie Recipient(s)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial John Williams
Gandhi George Fenton and Ravi Shankar
Blade Runner Vangelis
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Ryuichi Sakamoto
Flashdance Giorgio Moroder
Local Hero Mark Knopfler
An Officer and a Gentleman Jack Nitzsche
Once Upon a Time in America Ennio Morricone
Carmen Paco de Lucía
The Killing Fields Mike Oldfield
Paris, Texas Ry Cooder
Witness Maurice Jarre
Beverly Hills Cop Harold Faltermeyer
The Emerald Forest Brian Gascoigne and Junior Homrich
A Passage to India Maurice Jarre
The Mission Ennio Morricone
Out of Africa John Barry
A Room with a View Richard Robbins
Round Midnight Herbie Hancock
The Untouchables Ennio Morricone
Cry Freedom George Fenton and Jonas Gwangwa
Hope and Glory Peter Martin
Wish You Were Here Stanley Myers
Empire of the Sun John Williams
Bird Lennie Niehaus
The Last Emperor Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, and Cong Su
Moonstruck Dick Hyman
Best Original Film Score
Year Movie Recipient(s)
Dead Poets Society Maurice Jarre
Dangerous Liaisons George Fenton
Mississippi Burning Trevor Jones
Working Girl Carly Simon

1990s[change | change source]

Year Movie Recipient(s)
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) Andrea Morricone and Ennio Morricone
The Fabulous Baker Boys Dave Grusin
Memphis Belle George Fenton
Postcards from the Edge Carly Simon
Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Claude Petit
Dances with Wolves John Barry
The Silence of the Lambs Howard Shore
Thelma & Louise Hans Zimmer
Strictly Ballroom David Hirschfelder
Beauty and the Beast Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Hear My Song John Altman
The Last of the Mohicans Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones
Schindler's List John Williams
Aladdin Alan Menken
The Piano Michael Nyman
Sleepless in Seattle Marc Shaiman
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Year Movie Recipient(s)
Backbeat Don Was
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Guy Gross
Four Weddings and a Funeral Richard Rodney Bennett
The Lion King Hans Zimmer
The Postman (Il postino) Luis Enríquez Bacalov
Braveheart James Horner
The Madness of King George George Fenton
Sense and Sensibility Patrick Doyle
The English Patient Gabriel Yared
Brassed Off Trevor Jones
Evita Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Shine David Hirschfelder
Romeo + Juliet Nellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, and Marius de Vries
The Full Monty Anne Dudley
L.A. Confidential Jerry Goldsmith
Titanic James Horner
Elizabeth David Hirschfelder
Hilary and Jackie Barrington Pheloung
Saving Private Ryan John Williams
Shakespeare in Love Stephen Warbeck
American Beauty Thomas Newman
Buena Vista Social Club Ry Cooder and Nick Gold
The End of the Affair Michael Nyman
The Talented Mr. Ripley Gabriel Yared

2000s[change | change source]

Year Movie Recipient(s)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) Tan Dun
Almost Famous Nancy Wilson
Billy Elliot Stephen Warbeck
Gladiator Lisa Gerrard and Hans Zimmer
O Brother, Where Art Thou? T Bone Burnett and Carter Burwell
Moulin Rouge! Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries
Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) Yann Tiersen
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore
Mulholland Dr. Angelo Badalamenti
Shrek Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell
The Hours Philip Glass
Catch Me If You Can John Williams
Chicago Fred Ebb, Danny Elfman, and John Kander
Gangs of New York Howard Shore
The Pianist Wojciech Kilar
Cold Mountain T Bone Burnett and Gabriel Yared
Girl with a Pearl Earring Alexandre Desplat
Kill Bill: Volume 1 RZA
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Howard Shore
Lost in Translation Brian Reitzell and Kevin Shields
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) Gustavo Santaolalla
The Aviator Howard Shore
The Chorus (Les choristes) Bruno Coulais
Finding Neverland Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Ray Craig Armstrong
Memoirs of a Geisha John Williams
Brokeback Mountain Gustavo Santaolalla
The Constant Gardener Alberto Iglesias
Mrs Henderson Presents George Fenton
Walk the Line T Bone Burnett
Babel Gustavo Santaolalla
Casino Royale David Arnold
Dreamgirls Henry Krieger
Happy Feet John Powell
The Queen Alexandre Desplat
Best Music
Year Movie Recipient(s)
La Vie en Rose (La môme) Christopher Gunning
American Gangster Marc Streitenfeld
Atonement Dario Marianelli
The Kite Runner Alberto Iglesias
There Will Be Blood Jonny Greenwood
Slumdog Millionaire A. R. Rahman
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Alexandre Desplat
The Dark Knight James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer
Mamma Mia! Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
WALL-E Thomas Newman
Up Michael Giacchino
Avatar James Horner
Crazy Heart T Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr. Fox Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Chaz Jankel

2010s[change | change source]

Best Original Music
Year Movie Recipient(s)
The King's Speech Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours A. R. Rahman
Alice in Wonderland Danny Elfman
How to Train Your Dragon John Powell
Inception Hans Zimmer
The Artist Ludovic Bource
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Alberto Iglesias
War Horse John Williams
Skyfall Thomas Newman
Anna Karerina Dario Marianelli
Argo Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi Mychael Danna
Lincoln John Williams
Gravity Steven Price
12 Years a Slave Hans Zimmer
The Book Thief John Williams
Captain Phillips Henry Jackman
Saving Mr. Banks Thomas Newman
The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat
Birdman Antonio Sánchez
Interstellar Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything Jóhann Jóhannsson
Under the Skin Mica Levi
The Hateful Eight Ennio Morricone
Bridge of Spies Thomas Newman
The Revenant Ryuichi Sakamoto and Carsten Nicolai
Sicario Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens John Williams
La La Land Justin Hurwitz
Arrival Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jackie Mica Levi
Lion Hauschka and Dustin O'Halloran
Nocturnal Animals Abel Korzeniowski
The Shape of Water Alexandre Desplat
Blade Runner 2049 Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer
Darkest Hour Dario Marianelli
Dunkirk Hans Zimmer
Phantom Thread Jonny Greenwood
A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, and Lukas Nelson
BlacKkKlansman Terence Blanchard
If Beale Street Could Talk Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Joker Hildur Guðnadóttir
1917 Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit Michael Giacchino
Little Women Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker John Williams

2020s[change | change source]

Year Movie Recipient(s)
Soul Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross
Minari Emile Mosseri
News of the World James Newton Howard
Promising Young Woman Anthony Willis
Mank Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Dune Hans Zimmer
Being the Ricardos Daniel Pemberton
Don't Look Up Nicholas Britell
The French Dispatch Alexandre Desplat
The Power of the Dog Jonny Greenwood
All Quiet on the Western Front Volker Bertelmann
Babylon Justin Hurwitz
The Banshees of Inisherin Carter Burwell
Everything Everywhere All at Once Son Lux
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Alexandre Desplat
Oppenheimer Ludwig Göransson
Killers of the Flower Moon Robbie Robertson
Poor Things Jerskin Fendrix
Saltburn Anthony Willis
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Daniel Pemberton

Multiple nominations and wins[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "American Beauty shines at Baftas". BBC News. 9 April 2000. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  2. "Film | Original Score in 2022". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  3. "Film | Original Score in 2023". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 18 February 2024.
  4. "Film | Original Score in 2024". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 20 February 2024.