BAFTA Award for Best Original Music

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This is a list of winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Music, formerly known as the Anthony Asquith Award, which is presented to film composers, given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 1968.

BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Awarded forExcellence in film music
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byHildur Guðnadóttir for Joker (2019)

With seven wins out of seventeen nominations, John Williams is both the most nominated and most awarded in this category. Ennio Morricone is the only composer to win in consecutive years; for The Mission in 1987 and The Untouchables in 1988.[1] Morricone also has the highest perfect score and record, with six wins from six nominations. With nine nominations, Hans Zimmer remains the composer with highest nominations without a win.[2] Only four composers, Vangelis (in 1983), Maurice Jarre (in 1986), Hans Zimmer (in 2018) and John Williams have received two nominations in the same year; with Williams achieving this feat twice (1976 and 1979). In 2019, Lady Gaga became the first woman to win this award for A Star Is Born. In 2020, Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first solo woman ever to win this award for Joker.[3]

Winners and nomineesEdit


1968: The Lion in WinterJohn Barry

1969: ZMikis Theodorakis


1970: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBurt Bacharach

1971: Summer of '42Michel Legrand

1972: The GodfatherNino Rota

1973: O Lucky Man!Alan Price

1974: Murder on the Orient ExpressRichard Rodney Bennett

1975: Jaws and The Towering InfernoJohn Williams

1976: Taxi DriverBernard Herrmann

1977: A Bridge Too FarJohn Addison

1978: Star WarsJohn Williams

1979: Days of HeavenEnnio Morricone


1980: The Empire Strikes BackJohn Williams

1981: The French Lieutenant's WomanCarl Davis

1982: E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialJohn Williams

1983: Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceRyuichi Sakamoto

1984: Once Upon a Time in AmericaEnnio Morricone

1985: WitnessMaurice Jarre

1986: The MissionEnnio Morricone

1987: The UntouchablesEnnio Morricone

1988: Empire of the SunJohn Williams

1989: Dead Poets SocietyMaurice Jarre


1990: Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)Andrea Morricone and Ennio Morricone

1991: Cyrano de BergeracJean-Claude Petit

1992: Strictly BallroomDavid Hirschfelder

Best Score

1993: Schindler's ListJohn Williams

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

1994: BackbeatDon Was

1995: The Postman (Il postino) - Luis Enríquez Bacalov

1996: The English PatientGabriel Yared

1997: Romeo + JulietNellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, and Marius de Vries

1998: ElizabethDavid Hirschfelder

1999: American BeautyThomas Newman


2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long)Tan Dun

2001: Moulin Rouge!Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries

2002: The HoursPhilip Glass

2003: Cold MountainT Bone Burnett and Gabriel Yared

2004: The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)Gustavo Santaolalla

2005: Memoirs of a GeishaJohn Williams

2006: BabelGustavo Santaolalla

2007: La Vie en Rose (La môme)Christopher Gunning

2008: Slumdog MillionaireA. R. Rahman

2009: UpMichael Giacchino


2010: The King's SpeechAlexandre Desplat

2011: The ArtistLudovic Bource

2012: SkyfallThomas Newman

2013: GravitySteven Price

2014: The Grand Budapest HotelAlexandre Desplat

2015: The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

2016: La La LandJustin Hurwitz

2017: The Shape of WaterAlexandre Desplat

2018: A Star Is BornBradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, and Lukas Nelson

2019: JokerHildur Guðnadóttir

Multiple nominations and winsEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  • "Awards Database – The BAFTA Site". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved January 9, 2009.