Academy Award for Best Original Musical

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Academy Award for Best Original Musical
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded 1941
Currently held by Prince
Purple Rain (1984)
Website oscars.org

The Academy Award for Best Original Musical (formerly known as "Scoring of a Musical Picture", "Best Original Song Score and Adaptation Score" and "Best Original Song Score") is a category still in the Academy rulebooks, but cannot be awarded unless "the field of eligible submissions is determined to be of sufficient quantity and quality to justify award competition."[1]

According to the rules the Best Original Musical is defined as this: "An original musical consists of not fewer than five original songs by the same writer or team of writers either used as voiceovers or visually performed. Each of these songs must be substantively rendered, clearly audible, intelligible, and must further the storyline of the motion picture. An arbitrary group of songs unessential to the storyline will not be considered eligible."

This award has never been presented under its current name. The last time Best Original Song Score was awarded was at the 57th Academy Awards ceremony (1984) to Purple Rain.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1940s[edit]

Year Winner Nominees
1941 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Dumbo
Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace
1942 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld
1943 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
This Is the Army
Ray Heindorf
1944 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Cover Girl
Morris Stoloff, Carmen Dragon
1945 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Anchors Aweigh
Georgie Stoll
1946 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
The Jolson Story
Morris Stoloff
1947 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Mother Wore Tights
Alfred Newman
1948 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Easter Parade
Johnny Green, Roger Edens
1949 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
On the Town
Roger Edens, Lennie Hayton

1950s[edit]

Year Winner Nominees
1950 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Annie Get Your Gun
Adolph Deutsch, Roger Edens
1951 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
An American in Paris
Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin
1952 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
With a Song in My Heart
Alfred Newman
1953 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Call Me Madam
Alfred Newman
1954 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Adolph Deutsch, Saul Chaplin
1955 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Oklahoma!
Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton, Adolph Deutsch
1956 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
The King and I
Alfred Newman, Ken Darby
1957 Not awarded.
1958 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Gigi
André Previn
1959 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Porgy and Bess
André Previn, Ken Darby

1960s[edit]

Year Winner Nominees|-
1960 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
Song without End (The Story of Franz Liszt)
Morris Stoloff & Harry Sukman
1961 Scoring of a Musical Picture:
West Side Story
Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal
1962 Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment:
The Music Man
Ray Heindorf
1963 Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment:
Irma la Douce
André Previn
1964 Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment:
My Fair Lady
André Previn
1965 Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment:
The Sound of Music
Irwin Kostal
1966 Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Ken Thorne
1967 Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment:
Camelot
Alfred Newman & Ken Darby
1968 Score of a Musical Picture--original or adaptation:
Oliver!
– Adaptation score by Johnny Green
1969 Score of a Musical Picture--original or adaptation:
Hello, Dolly!
– Adaptation score by Lennie Hayton & Lionel Newman

1970s[edit]

Year Winner Nominees|-
1970 Original Song Score:
Let It Be
– Music & Lyrics by The Beatles
1971 Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score:
Fiddler on the Roof
– Adaptation Score by John Williams
1972 Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score:
Cabaret
– Adaptation Score by Ralph Burns
1973 Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation -or- Scoring: Adaptation:
The Sting
– Adaptation Score by Hamlisch
1974 Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation -or- Scoring: Adaptation:
The Great Gatsby
– Adaptation Score by Nelson Riddle
1975 Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation -or- Scoring: Adaptation:
Barry Lyndon
– Adaptation Score by Leonard Rosenman
1976 Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score:
Bound for Glory
– Adaptation Score by Leonard Rosenman
1977 Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score:
A Little Night Music
– Adaptation Score by Jonathan Tunick
1978 Adaptation Score:
The Buddy Holly Story
Joe Renzetti
1979 Original Song Score and Its Adaptation -or- Adaptation Score:
All That Jazz
– Adaptation Score by Ralph Burns

1980s[edit]

Year Winner Nominees
1980 Not awarded.
1981 Not awarded.
1982 Original Song Score and Its Adaptation -or- Adaptation Score:
Victor Victoria
– Song Score by Henry Mancini, Leslie Bricusse Adaptation Score by Mancini
1983 Original Song Score or Adaptation Score:
Yentl
– Song Score by Michel Legrand, Alan & Marilyn Bergman
1984 Original Song Score:
Purple Rain
Prince

References[edit]

Academy Rules: https://web.archive.org/web/20140407131246/http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule15.html

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Rule Fifteen: Special Rules for the Music Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014. The category of Original Musical may be activated only by special request of the Music Branch Executive Committee to the Board of Governors in a year when the field of eligible submissions is determined to be of sufficient quantity and quality to justify award competition 

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