Saturn Award for Best Music

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.

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)

Winners and nominees


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
Brian Tyler 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

Multiple nominations

2 nominations
3 nominations
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5 nominations
6 nominations
8 nominations
9 nominations
11 nominations
12 nominations
14 nominations
17 nominations
21 nominations

Multiple wins

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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Brian Tyler

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David Raksin

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Harry Gregson-Williams

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J. Peter Robinson

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James Newton Howard

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John Carpenter

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John Ottman

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John Powell (film composer)

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Minority Report (film)

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where PreCrime, a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called "precogs". The cast includes Tom Cruise as Chief of PreCrime John Anderton, Colin Farrell as Department of Justice agent Danny Witwer, Samantha Morton as the senior precog Agatha, and Max von Sydow as Anderton's superior Lamar Burgess.

The film combines elements of tech noir, whodunit, thriller and science fiction genres, as well as a traditional chase film, as the main protagonist is accused of a crime he has not committed and becomes a fugitive. Spielberg has characterized the story as "fifty percent character and fifty percent very complicated storytelling with layers and layers of murder mystery and plot". The film's central theme is the question of free will versus determinism. It examines whether free will can exist if the future is set and known in advance. Other themes include the role of preventive government in protecting its citizenry, the role of media in a future state where technological advancements make its presence nearly boundless, the potential legality of an infallible prosecutor, and Spielberg's repeated theme of broken families.

The film was first optioned in 1992, as a sequel to another Dick adaptation, Total Recall, and started its development in 1997, after a script by Jon Cohen reached Spielberg and Cruise. Production suffered many delays due to Cruise's Mission: Impossible 2 and Spielberg's A.I. running over schedule, eventually starting in March 2001. During pre-production, Spielberg consulted numerous scientists in an attempt to present a more plausible future world than that seen in other science fiction films, and some of the technology designs in the film have proven prescient. Minority Report has a unique visual style. It uses high contrast to create dark colors and shadows, much like a film noir picture. The film's overlit shots feature desaturated colors which were achieved by bleach-bypassing the film's negative in post-production.

Minority Report was one of the best-reviewed films of 2002 and was nominated for several awards. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing, and eleven Saturn Award nominations, including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Saturn Award for Best Music, winning Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction, Best Writing, and Best Supporting Actress. The film earned over $358 million worldwide against an overall budget of $142 million (including advertising). Over four million DVDs were sold in its first few months of home release.

Patrick Doyle

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Reinhold Heil

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Time After Time (1979 film)

Time After Time is a 1979 American Metrocolor science fiction film directed by screenwriter Nicholas Meyer and starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen. Filmed in Panavision, it was the directing debut of Meyer, whose screenplay is based on the premise from Karl Alexander's novel Time After Time (which was unfinished at the time) and a story by Alexander and Steve Hayes.

The film presents a story in which British author H. G. Wells uses his time machine to pursue Jack the Ripper into the 20th century.

Wojciech Kilar

Wojciech Kilar (Polish: [ˈvɔjt͡ɕex ˈkʲilar]; 17 July 1932 – 29 December 2013) was a Polish classical and film music composer. His film scores have won many honors including the best score award for the music to Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land) in 1975, followed by the Prix Louis Delluc in 1980 for the music to Le Roi et l'Oiseau / The King and the Mockingbird, and an award at the Cork International Film Festival for the music to From A Far Country (1981) about the life of Pope John Paul II.

One of his greatest successes came with his score to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1993 which received the ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Producers in Los Angeles, nominated also for the Saturn Award for Best Music in a science fiction, fantasy, or horror film in San Francisco in 1993. In 2003, he won the César Award for Best Film Music written for The Pianist, at France's 28th César Awards Ceremony in 2003, for which he also received a BAFTA nomination. The film's soundtrack featured his "Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940" with the other 10 tracks being works by Frédéric Chopin. The music in the movie includes pieces by Beethoven and Bach.

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