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BAFTA Award for Best Film Music

BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Awarded forExcellence in film music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded1968
Currently held byAlexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water (2017)

The Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (or BAFTA Award for Best Film Music) is an annual award given by British Academy of Film and Television Arts. With seven wins out of sixteen nominations, John Williams is both the most nominated and most awarded in this category. Ennio Morricone is the only composer to win in consecutive years; for The Mission in 1986 and The Untouchables in 1987. Morricone also has the highest "perfect score", with six wins from six nominations.


1968: The Lion in WinterJohn Barry

1969: ZMikis Theodorakis


1970: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidBurt Bacharach

1971: Summer of '42Michel Legrand

1972: The GodfatherNino Rota

1973: O Lucky Man!Alan Price

1974: Murder on the Orient ExpressRichard Rodney Bennett

1975: Jaws and The Towering InfernoJohn Williams

1976: Taxi DriverBernard Herrmann

1977: A Bridge Too FarJohn Addison

1978: Star WarsJohn Williams

1979: Days of HeavenEnnio Morricone


1980: The Empire Strikes BackJohn Williams

1981: The French Lieutenant's WomanCarl Davis

1982: E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialJohn Williams

1983: Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceRyuichi Sakamoto

1984: Once Upon a Time in AmericaEnnio Morricone

1985: WitnessMaurice Jarre

1986: The MissionEnnio Morricone

1987: The UntouchablesEnnio Morricone

1988: Empire of the SunJohn Williams

1989: Dead Poets SocietyMaurice Jarre


1990: Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)Andrea and Ennio Morricone

1991: Cyrano de BergeracJean-Claude Petit

1992: Strictly BallroomDavid Hirschfelder

Best Score
1993: Schindler's ListJohn Williams

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
1994: BackbeatDon Was

1995: BraveheartJames Horner

1996: The English PatientGabriel Yared

1997: Romeo + JulietNellee Hooper, Craig Armstrong, and Marius de Vries

1998: ElizabethDavid Hirschfelder

1999: American BeautyThomas Newman


2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long)Tan Dun

2001: Moulin Rouge!Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries

2002: The HoursPhilip Glass

2003: Cold MountainT Bone Burnett and Gabriel Yared

2004: The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)Gustavo Santaolalla

2005: Memoirs of a GeishaJohn Williams

2006: BabelGustavo Santaolalla

2007: La Vie en Rose (La môme)Christopher Gunning

2008: Slumdog MillionaireA. R. Rahman

2009: UpMichael Giacchino


2010: The King's SpeechAlexandre Desplat

2011: The ArtistLudovic Bource

2012: SkyfallThomas Newman

2013: GravitySteven Price

2014: The Grand Budapest HotelAlexandre Desplat

2015: The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

2016: La La LandJustin Hurwitz

2017: The Shape of WaterAlexandre Desplat

2018: To be announced: 10 February 2019

See also