Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score
2023 recipient: Ludwig Göransson
Awarded forBest Score
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byCritics Choice Association
Currently held byLudwig Göransson for Oppenheimer (2023)

The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score (previously known as the Critics' Choice Award for Best Composer) is one of the Critics' Choice Movie Awards given to people working in the film industry by the Critics Choice Association. It was first given out as a juried award from 1999 to 2001 and then competitively in 2002 onward.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Composer(s) Film Ref.
1998 John Williams Saving Private Ryan [1]
1999 Gabriel Yared The Talented Mr. Ripley [2]


Year Composer(s) Film(s) Ref.
2000 Hans Zimmer Gladiator, Mission: Impossible 2, and The Road to El Dorado [3]
2001 Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [4]
John Williams A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Christopher Young The Shipping News
2002 John Williams Catch Me If You Can, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Minority Report [5]
Philip Glass The Hours
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [6]
Clint Eastwood Mystic River
Danny Elfman Big Fish
Gabriel Yared Cold Mountain
Hans Zimmer The Last Samurai
2004 Howard Shore The Aviator [7]
Michael Giacchino The Incredibles
Rolfe Kent Sideways
2005 John Williams Memoirs of a Geisha [8]
James Horner The New World
Gustavo Santaolalla Brokeback Mountain
Nancy Wilson Elizabethtown
2006 Philip Glass The Illusionist [9]
Clint Mansell The Fountain
Thomas Newman The Good German
Gustavo Santaolalla Babel
Howard Shore The Departed
Hans Zimmer The Da Vinci Code
2007 Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood [10]
Marco Beltrami 3:10 to Yuma
Alexandre Desplat Lust, Caution (Se, jie)
Clint Eastwood Grace Is Gone
Dario Marianelli Atonement
Alan Menken Enchanted
2008 A. R. Rahman Slumdog Millionaire [11]
Alexandre Desplat The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Clint Eastwood Changeling
Danny Elfman Milk
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight
2009 Michael Giacchino Up [12]
Carter Burwell and Karen O Where the Wild Things Are
Marvin Hamlisch The Informant!
Randy Newman The Princess and the Frog
Hans Zimmer Sherlock Holmes


Year Composer(s) Film Ref.
2010 Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network [13]
Carter Burwell True Grit
Alexandre Desplat The King's Speech
Clint Mansell Black Swan
Hans Zimmer Inception
2011 Ludovic Bource The Artist [14]
Cliff Martinez Drive
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore Hugo
John Williams War Horse
2012 John Williams Lincoln [15]
Mychael Danna Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat Argo
Moonrise Kingdom
Jonny Greenwood The Master
2013 Steven Price Gravity [16]
Arcade Fire Her
Thomas Newman Saving Mr. Banks
Hans Zimmer 12 Years a Slave
2014 Antonio Sánchez Birdman [17]
Alexandre Desplat The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Gone Girl
Hans Zimmer Interstellar
2015 Ennio Morricone The Hateful Eight [18]
Carter Burwell Carol
Jóhann Jóhannsson Sicario
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto The Revenant
Howard Shore Spotlight
2016 Justin Hurwitz La La Land [19]
Nicholas Britell Moonlight
Jóhann Jóhannsson Arrival
Mica Levi Jackie
Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka Lion
2017 Alexandre Desplat The Shape of Water [20]
Jonny Greenwood Phantom Thread
Dario Marianelli Darkest Hour
Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer Blade Runner 2049
John Williams The Post
Hans Zimmer Dunkirk
2018 Justin Hurwitz First Man [21]
Kris Bowers Green Book
Nicholas Britell If Beale Street Could Talk
Alexandre Desplat Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson Black Panther
Marc Shaiman Mary Poppins Returns
2019 Hildur Guðnadóttir Joker [22]
Michael Abels Us
Alexandre Desplat Little Women
Randy Newman Marriage Story
Thomas Newman 1917
Robbie Robertson The Irishman


Year Composer(s) Film Ref.
2020 Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross Soul [23]
Alexandre Desplat The Midnight Sky
Ludwig Göransson Tenet
James Newton Howard News of the World
Emile Mosseri Minari
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Mank
2021 Hans Zimmer Dune [24]
Nicholas Britell Don't Look Up
Jonny Greenwood The Power of the Dog
Nathan Johnson Nightmare Alley
2022 Hildur Guðnadóttir Tár [25]
Alexandre Desplat Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Michael Giacchino The Batman
Hildur Guðnadóttir Women Talking
Justin Hurwitz Babylon
John Williams The Fabelmans
2023 Ludwig Göransson Oppenheimer [26]
Jerskin Fendrix Poor Things
Michael Giacchino Society of the Snow
Daniel Pemberton Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Robbie Robertson (posthumous) Killers of the Flower Moon
Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt Barbie

Multiple winners[edit]

4 wins
3 wins
2 wins

Multiple nominations (3 or more)[edit]

11 nominations
10 nominations
8 nominations
7 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations

See also[edit]


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