Saturn Award for Best Music

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Saturn Award for Best Music
Awarded forBest composition of an original score for a genre film of the year
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded1973
Currently held byMichael Giacchino for Coco (2018)

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 eight, including a double win due to a tie in 1977.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Composer Motion Picture
Bernard Herrmann (for his career)
Miklós Rózsa (for his career)
David Raksin (for his career)
John Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind
John Williams Star Wars
John Williams Superman
Jerry Goldsmith The Boys from Brazil
Dave Grusin Heaven Can Wait
Jerry Goldsmith Magic
Paul Giovanni The Wicker Man
Miklós Rózsa Time After Time
Ken Thorne Arabian Adventure
John Barry The Black Hole
Paul Williams The Muppet Movie
Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek: The Motion Picture


Year Composer Motion Picture
John Barry Somewhere in Time
Pino Donaggio Dressed to Kill
Béla Bartók (posthumous nomination) The Shining
John Williams Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Maurice Jarre Resurrection
John Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark
Laurence Rosenthal Clash of the Titans
Colin Towns Full Circle
Jerry Goldsmith Outland
Ken Thorne Superman II
John Williams E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Basil Poledouris Conan the Barbarian
Ken Thorne The House Where Evil Dwells
Jerry Goldsmith Poltergeist
David Whitaker The Sword and the Sorcerer
James Horner Brainstorm
Charles Bernstein The Entity
James Horner Krull
John Williams Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
James Horner Something Wicked This Way Comes
Jerry Goldsmith Gremlins
Ralph Burns The Muppets Take Manhattan
Giorgio Moroder and Klaus Doldinger The NeverEnding Story
Michel Colombier Purple Rain
Brad Fiedel The Terminator
Bruce Broughton Young Sherlock Holmes
Alan Silvestri Back to the Future
Maurice Jarre The Bride
James Horner Cocoon
Andrew Powell Ladyhawke
Alan Menken Little Shop of Horrors
James Horner An American Tail
John Carpenter Big Trouble in Little China
Howard Shore The Fly
Jerry Goldsmith Link
Alan Silvestri Predator
Christopher Young Hellraiser
Bruce Broughton The Monster Squad
John Carpenter Prince of Darkness
J. Peter Robinson Return of the Living Dead Part II
John Williams The Witches of Eastwick
Christopher Young Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Danny Elfman Beetlejuice
Michael Hoenig The Blob
Howard Shore Dead Ringers
John Massari Killer Klowns from Outer Space
John Carpenter and Alan Howarth They Live
Alan Silvestri Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Alan Silvestri Back to the Future Part III
Alan Silvestri The Abyss
Christopher Young The Fly II
Maurice Jarre Ghost
Jerry Goldsmith Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Jack Hues The Guardian
James Horner Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Simon Boswell Santa Sangre
Jerry Goldsmith Total Recall
Stanley Myers The Witches


Year Composer Motion Picture
Loek Dikker Body Parts
Danny Elfman Edward Scissorhands
Steve Bartek Guilty as Charged
Howard Shore The Silence of the Lambs
Jerry Goldsmith Sleeping with the Enemy
Jerry Goldsmith Warlock
Angelo Badalamenti Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Alan Menken Aladdin
Jerry Goldsmith Basic Instinct
Alan Menken Beauty and the Beast
Wojciech Kilar Bram Stoker's Dracula
Alan Silvestri Death Becomes Her
Hans Zimmer and Trevor Horn Toys
Danny Elfman The Nightmare Before Christmas
Marc Shaiman Addams Family Values
Mark Isham Fire in the Sky
Graeme Revell Hard Target
Marc Shaiman Heart and Souls
John Williams Jurassic Park
Christopher Young The Vagrant
Howard Shore Ed Wood
Alan Silvestri Forrest Gump
Elliot Goldenthal Interview with the Vampire
Patrick Doyle Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Jerry Goldsmith The Shadow
J. Peter Robinson Wes Craven's New Nightmare
John Ottman The Usual Suspects
James Horner Braveheart
Christopher Young Copycat
Hans Zimmer Crimson Tide
Danny Elfman Dolores Claiborne
Howard Shore Seven
Danny Elfman Mars Attacks!
Randy Edelman Dragonheart
Danny Elfman The Frighteners
David Arnold Independence Day
Nick Glennie-Smith, Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams The Rock
Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek: First Contact
Danny Elfman Men in Black
Alan Silvestri Contact
Joseph Vitarelli Commandments
John Powell Face/Off
Michael Nyman Gattaca
David Arnold Tomorrow Never Dies
John Carpenter Vampires
George S. Clinton Wild Things
George Fenton Ever After
Thomas Newman Meet Joe Black
Trevor Rabin Armageddon
Hans Zimmer The Prince of Egypt
Danny Elfman Sleepy Hollow
Jerry Goldsmith The Mummy
David Newman Galaxy Quest
Randy Newman Toy Story 2
Thomas Newman The Green Mile
Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn Ravenous


Year Composer Motion Picture
James Horner Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
James Newton Howard Dinosaur
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard Gladiator
Jerry Goldsmith Hollow Man
Hans Zimmer and John Powell The Road to El Dorado
Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
John Williams A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Angelo Badalamenti Mulholland Drive
Joseph LoDuca Brotherhood of the Wolf
John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams Shrek
Nancy Wilson Vanilla Sky
Danny Elfman Spider-Man
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
John Williams Minority Report
Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek One Hour Photo
Joe Hisaishi Spirited Away
John Williams Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Thomas Newman Finding Nemo
Danny Elfman Hulk
Jerry Goldsmith Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Klaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
John Ottman X2
Alan Silvestri Van Helsing
John Williams Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Michael Giacchino The Incredibles
Alan Silvestri The Polar Express
Edward Shearmur Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Danny Elfman Spider-Man 2
John Williams Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer Batman Begins
Danny Elfman Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Patrick Doyle Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
John Ottman Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
John Williams War of the Worlds
John Ottman Superman Returns
David Arnold Casino Royale
Trevor Rabin Flyboys
Douglas Pipes Monster House
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
John Powell X-Men: The Last Stand
Alan Menken Enchanted
Tyler Bates 300
Mark Mancina August Rush
John Powell The Bourne Ultimatum
Nicholas Hooper Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight
Clint Eastwood Changeling
Ramin Djawadi Iron Man
John Powell Jumper
Alexandre Desplat The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Ottman Valkyrie
James Horner Avatar
Taro Iwashiro Red Cliff
Christopher Young Drag Me to Hell
Hans Zimmer Sherlock Holmes
Brian Eno The Lovely Bones
Michael Giacchino Up


Year Composer Motion Picture
Hans Zimmer Inception
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
Clint Eastwood Hereafter
Michael Giacchino Let Me In
Gottfried Huppertz (posthumous nomination) The Complete Metropolis
John Powell How to Train Your Dragon
Michael Giacchino Super 8
Michael Giacchino Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Howard Shore Hugo
Alan Silvestri Captain America: The First Avenger
John Williams The Adventures of Tintin
John Williams War Horse
Danny Elfman Frankenweenie
Mychael Danna Life of Pi
Dario Marianelli Anna Karenina
Thomas Newman Skyfall
Howard Shore The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight Rises
Frank Ilfman Big Bad Wolves
Danny Elfman Oz the Great and Powerful
Howard Shore The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Brian Tyler Iron Man 3
Now You See Me
John Williams The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer Interstellar
Henry Jackman Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Michael Giacchino Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Alexandre Desplat Godzilla
Howard Shore The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
John Powell How to Train Your Dragon 2
John Williams Star Wars: The Force Awakens
M. M. Keeravani Baahubali: The Beginning
Fernando Velázquez Crimson Peak
Ennio Morricone The Hateful Eight
Tom Holkenborg Mad Max: Fury Road
Jóhann Jóhannsson Sicario
Justin Hurwitz La La Land
John Williams The BFG
Michael Giacchino Doctor Strange
James Newton Howard Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Thomas Newman Passengers
Michael Giacchino Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Michael Giacchino Coco
Ludwig Göransson Black Panther
John Debney and Joseph Trapanese The Greatest Showman
Alexandre Desplat The Shape of Water
John Williams Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Carter Burwell Wonderstruck
Alan Menken Aladdin
Alan Silvestri Avengers: Endgame
Danny Elfman Dumbo
Bear McCreary Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Marc Shaiman Mary Poppins Returns
Alan Silvestri Ready Player One

Multiple nominations[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

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

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