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 awarded1975
Currently held byJohn Williams for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2022/23)

The Saturn Award for Best Music is one of the annual awards given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The Saturn Awards, which are the oldest film-specialized awards to reward science fiction, fantasy, and horror achievements (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films), included the category for the first time as a juried award at the 2nd Saturn Awards in 1975, but was later given out competitively beginning with the 6th Saturn Awards in 1979 onward.

John Williams holds the record for the most nominations and wins with twenty-three and nine, respectively, including a juried award for two different films in a single year at the 5th Saturn Awards in 1978.

Winners and nominees[edit]


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


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


Year Composer(s) Film
Loek Dikker Body Parts
Steve Bartek Guilty as Charged
Danny Elfman Edward Scissorhands
Jerry Goldsmith Sleeping with the Enemy
Howard Shore The Silence of the Lambs
Angelo Badalamenti Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Jerry Goldsmith Basic Instinct
Wojciech Kilar Bram Stoker's Dracula
Alan Menken Aladdin
Beauty and the Beast
Alan Silvestri Death Becomes Her
Hans Zimmer and Trevor Horn Toys
Danny Elfman The Nightmare Before Christmas
Mark Isham Fire in the Sky
Graeme Revell Hard Target
Marc Shaiman Addams Family Values
Heart and Souls
John Williams Jurassic Park
Christopher Young The Vagrant
Howard Shore Ed Wood
Patrick Doyle Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Elliot Goldenthal Interview with the Vampire
Jerry Goldsmith The Shadow
J. Peter Robinson Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Alan Silvestri Forrest Gump
John Ottman The Usual Suspects
Danny Elfman Dolores Claiborne
James Horner Braveheart
Howard Shore Seven
Christopher Young Copycat
Hans Zimmer Crimson Tide
Danny Elfman Mars Attacks!
David Arnold Independence Day
Randy Edelman Dragonheart
Danny Elfman The Frighteners
Nick Glennie-Smith, Hans Zimmer, and Harry Gregson-Williams The Rock
Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek: First Contact
Danny Elfman Men in Black
David Arnold Tomorrow Never Dies
Michael Nyman Gattaca
John Powell Face/Off
Alan Silvestri Contact
Joseph Vitarelli Commandments
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(s) Film
James Horner How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Jerry Goldsmith Hollow Man
James Newton Howard Dinosaur
Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard Gladiator
Hans Zimmer and John Powell The Road to El Dorado
John Williams A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Angelo Badalamenti Mulholland Drive
Joseph LoDuca Brotherhood of the Wolf
John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams Shrek
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Nancy Wilson Vanilla Sky
Danny Elfman Spider-Man
Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek One Hour Photo
Joe Hisaishi Spirited Away
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
John Williams Minority Report
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Howard Shore The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Klaus Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Danny Elfman Hulk
Jerry Goldsmith Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Thomas Newman Finding Nemo
John Ottman X2
Alan Silvestri Van Helsing
Danny Elfman Spider-Man 2
Michael Giacchino The Incredibles
Edward Shearmur Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Alan Silvestri The Polar Express
John Williams Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
John Williams Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Patrick Doyle Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Danny Elfman Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer Batman Begins
John Ottman Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
John Williams War of the Worlds
John Ottman Superman Returns
David Arnold Casino Royale
Douglas Pipes Monster House
John Powell X-Men: The Last Stand
Trevor Rabin Flyboys
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Alan Menken Enchanted
Tyler Bates 300
Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood
Nicholas Hooper Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Mark Mancina August Rush
John Powell The Bourne Ultimatum
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer The Dark Knight
Alexandre Desplat The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ramin Djawadi Iron Man
Clint Eastwood Changeling
John Ottman Valkyrie
John Powell Jumper
James Horner Avatar
Brian Eno The Lovely Bones
Michael Giacchino Up
Taro Iwashiro Red Cliff
Christopher Young Drag Me to Hell
Hans Zimmer Sherlock Holmes


Year Composer(s) Film
Hans Zimmer Inception
Clint Eastwood Hereafter
Michael Giacchino Let Me In
Gottfried Huppertz (posthumous) The Complete Metropolis
John Powell How to Train Your Dragon
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
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
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
Alexandre Desplat Godzilla
Michael Giacchino Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Henry Jackman Captain America: The Winter Soldier
John Powell How to Train Your Dragon 2
Howard Shore The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
John Williams Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tom Holkenborg Mad Max: Fury Road
Jóhann Jóhannsson Sicario
M. M. Keeravani Baahubali: The Beginning
Ennio Morricone The Hateful Eight
Fernando Velázquez Crimson Peak
Justin Hurwitz La La Land
Michael Giacchino Doctor Strange
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
James Newton Howard Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Thomas Newman Passengers
John Williams The BFG
Michael Giacchino Coco
Carter Burwell Wonderstruck
John Debney and Joseph Trapanese The Greatest Showman
Alexandre Desplat The Shape of Water
Ludwig Göransson Black Panther
John Williams Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Marc Shaiman Mary Poppins Returns
Danny Elfman Dumbo
Bear McCreary Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Alan Menken Aladdin
Alan Silvestri Avengers: Endgame
Ready Player One
John Williams Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Ludwig Göransson Tenet
Nathan Johnson Knives Out
Jaeil Jung Parasite
Thomas Newman 1917
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Mank


Year Composer Film
Danny Elfman Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Michael Abels Nope
Nicholas Britell Cruella
Michael Giacchino The Batman
Nathan Johnson Nightmare Alley
Howard Shore Crimes of the Future
Joel P. West Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
John Williams Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Simon Franglen Avatar: The Way of Water
Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt Barbie
Daniel Pemberton Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Alan Menken The Little Mermaid
Marco Beltrami Renfield

Multiple nominations[edit]

23 nominations
  • John Williams
17 nominations
  • Jerry Goldsmith
16 nominations
  • Danny Elfman
13 nominations
  • Howard Shore
  • Alan Silvestri
12 nominations
  • Hans Zimmer
10 nominations
  • Michael Giacchino
9 nominations
  • James Horner
8 nominations
  • John Powell
6 nominations
  • Thomas Newman
  • Christopher Young
6 nominations
  • Alan Menken
  • John Ottman
4 nominations
  • John Carpenter
  • James Newton Howard
3 nominations
  • David Arnold
  • Alexandre Desplat
  • Maurice Jarre
  • Marc Shaiman
  • Ken Thorne
2 nominations
  • Angelo Badalamenti
  • John Barry
  • Bruce Broughton
  • Patrick Doyle
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Ludwig Göransson
  • Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Reinhold Heil
  • Nathan Johnson
  • Johnny Klimek
  • Michael Nyman
  • Trevor Rabin
  • J. Peter Robinson
  • Brian Tyler

Multiple wins[edit]

9 wins
  • John Williams
7 wins
  • Danny Elfman
3 wins
  • James Horner
  • Alan Silvestri
  • Hans Zimmer
2 wins
  • Michael Giacchino
  • Alan Menken
  • John Ottman
  • Miklós Rózsa
  • Howard Shore

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