Saturn Award for Best Music

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The Saturn Award for Best Music is an award presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films to the best music in film.

John Williams holds the record of the most wins with seven, including a double win due to a tie in 1977.


"†" means that the film won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

"‡" means that the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.


Year Composer Film
1973 Bernard Herrmann (Career Winner)
1974/75 Miklós Rózsa
1976 David Raksin
1977 (Tie) John Williams Star Wars
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 Superman: The Movie
1979 Miklós Rózsa Time After Time
1980 John Barry Somewhere in Time
1981 John Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1983 James Horner Brainstorm
1984 Jerry Goldsmith Gremlins
1985 Bruce Broughton Young Sherlock Holmes
1986 Alan Menken Little Shop of Horrors
1987 Alan Silvestri Predator
1988 Christopher Young Hellbound: Hellraiser II
1989/90 Alan Silvestri Back to the Future Part III
1991 Loek Dikker Body Parts
1992 Angelo Badalamenti Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
1993 Danny Elfman The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 Howard Shore Ed Wood
1995 John Ottman The Usual Suspects
1996 Danny Elfman Mars Attacks!
1997 Men in Black
1998 John Carpenter John Carpenter's Vampires
1999 Danny Elfman Sleepy Hollow
2000 James Horner How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
2001 John Williams A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2002 Danny Elfman Spider-Man
2003 Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 Alan Silvestri Van Helsing
2005 John Williams Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2006 John Ottman Superman Returns
2007 Alan Menken Enchanted
2008 Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard
The Dark Knight
2009 James Horner Avatar
2010 Hans Zimmer Inception
2011 Michael Giacchino Super 8
2012 Danny Elfman Frankenweenie
2013 Frank Ilfman Big Bad Wolves

Multiple winners[edit]

7 awards
  • John Williams
6 awards
  • Danny Elfman
3 awards
  • James Horner
  • Alan Silvestri
2 awards
  • Alan Menken
  • John Ottman
  • Miklós Rózsa
  • Howard Shore
  • Hans Zimmer