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Best Score
Out of all the categories the Academy has tinkered with, the history of Best Score is easily the most complex. After a few brief brushes with making distinctions between Original Scores and other Scores, the Academy made a fairly consistent distinction between Musical and Drama/Comedy between 1942 and 1961. Then all hell broke loose, leading up to such remarkably awful titles as 'Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score'. Somewhere along the line, Comedy and Drama got a divorce, and Comedy hooked up with Musical in 1995. Today, we're back, thankfully, to one general Score category.
2012  
Music (Original Score)
Win Life of Pi  
Mychael Danna
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2011  
Music (Original Score)
Win Artist, The  
Ludovic Bource
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2010  
Music (Original Score)
Win Social Network, The  
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
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2009  
Music (Original Score)
Win Up  
Michael Giacchino
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2008  
Music (Original Score)
Win Slumdog Millionaire  
A.R. Rahman
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2007  
Music (Original Score)
Win Atonement  
Dario Marianelli
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2006  
Music (Original Score)
Win Babel  
Gustavo Santaolalla
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2005  
Music (Original Score)
Win Brokeback Mountain  
Gustavo Santaolalla
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2004  
Music (Original Score)
Win Finding Neverland  
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
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2003  
Music (Original Score)
Win Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The  
Howard Shore
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2002  
Music (Original Score)
Win Frida  
Elliot Goldenthal
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2001  
Music (Original Score)
Win Lord of the Rings, The: The Fellowship of the Ring  
Howard Shore
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2000  
Music (Original Score)
Win Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  
Tan Dun
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1999  
Music (Original Score)
Win Red Violin, The  
John Corigliano
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1998  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Life Is Beautiful  
Nicola Piovani
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Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)
Win Shakespeare in Love  
Stephen Warbeck
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1997  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Titanic  
James Horner
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Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)
Win Full Monty, The  
Anne Dudley
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1996  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win English Patient, The  
Gabriel Yared
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Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)
Win Emma  
Rachel Portman
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1995  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Postman/Il Postino, The  
Luis Enrique Bacalov
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Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score)
Win Pocahontas  
Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
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1994  
Music (Original Score)
Win Lion King, The  
Hans Zimmer
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1993  
Music (Original Score)
Win Schindler's List  
John Williams
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1992  
Music (Original Score)
Win Aladdin  
Alan Menken
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1991  
Music (Original Score)
Win Beauty and the Beast  
Alan Menken
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1990  
Music (Original Score)
Win Dances With Wolves  
John Barry
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1989  
Music (Original Score)
Win Little Mermaid, The  
Alan Menken
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1988  
Music (Original Score)
Win Milagro Beanfield War, The  
Dave Grusin
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1987  
Music (Original Score)
Win Last Emperor, The  
David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cong Su
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1986  
Music (Original Score)
Win 'Round Midnight  
Herbie Hancock
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1985  
Music (Original Score)
Win Out of Africa  
John Barry
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1984  
Music (Original Score)
Win Passage to India, A  
Maurice Jarre
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Music (Original Song Score)
Win Purple Rain  
Prince
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1983  
Music (Original Score)
Win Right Stuff, The  
Bill Conti
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Music (Original Song Score or Adaptation Score)
Win Yentl  
Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand
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1982  
Music (Original Score)
Win E. T. - The Extra-Terrestrial  
John Williams
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Music (Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Win Victor/Victoria  
Leslie Bricusse, Henry Mancini
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1981  
Music (Original Score)
Win Chariots of Fire  
Vangelis
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1980  
Music (Original Score)
Win Fame  
Michael Gore
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1979  
Music (Original Score)
Win Little Romance, A  
George Delerue
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Music (Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Win All That Jazz  
Ralph Burns
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1978  
Music (Original Score)
Win Midnight Express  
Giorgio Moroder
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Music (Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Win Buddy Holly Story, The  
Joe Renzetti
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1977  
Music (Original Score)
Win Star Wars  
John Williams
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Music (Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Win Little Night Music, A  
Jonathan Tunick
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1976  
Music (Original Score)
Win Omen, The  
Jerry Goldsmith
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Music (Original Song Score and its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Win Bound for Glory  
Leonard Rosenman
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1975  
Music (Original Score)
Win Jaws  
John Williams
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Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and/or Adaptation)
Win Barry Lyndon  
Leonard Rosenman
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1974  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Godfather Part II, The  
Carmine Coppola, Nino Rota
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Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and/or Adaptation)
Win Great Gatsby, The  
Nelson Riddle
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1973  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Way We Were, The  
Marvin Hamlisch
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Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and/or Adaptation)
Win Sting, The  
Marvin Hamlisch
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1972  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Limelight  
Charles Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, Larry Russell
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Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)
Win Cabaret  
Ralph Burns
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1971  
Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Win Summer of '42  
Michel Legrand
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Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)
Win Fiddler on the Roof  
John Williams
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1970  
Music (Original Score)
Win Love Story  
Francis Lai
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Music (Original Song Score)
Win Let It Be  
Beatles
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1969  
Music (Original Score - For a Motion Picture [Not a Musical])
Win Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  
Burt Bacharach
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Music (Score of a Musical Picture - [Original or Adaptation])
Win Hello, Dolly!  
Lennie Hayton, Lionel Newman
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1968  
Music (Original Score - For a Motion Picture [Not a Musical])
Win Lion in Winter, The  
John Barry
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Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Win Oliver!  
Johnny Green
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1967  
Music (Original Music Score)
Win Thoroughly Modern Millie  
Elmer Bernstein
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Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment)
Win Camelot  
Ken Darby, Alfred Newman
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1966  
Music (Original Music Score)
Win Born Free  
John Barry
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Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment)
Win Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A  
Ken Thorne
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1965  
Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Win Doctor Zhivago  
Maurice Jarre
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Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment)
Win Sound of Music, The  
Irwin Kostal
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1964  
Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Win Mary Poppins  
Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
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Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment)
Win My Fair Lady  
André Previn
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1963  
Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Win Tom Jones  
John Addison
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Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment)
Win Irma La Douce  
André Previn
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1962  
Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Win Lawrence of Arabia  
Maurice Jarre
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Music (Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment)
Win Music Man, The  
Ray Heindorf
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1961  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Breakfast at Tiffany's  
Henry Mancini
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win West Side Story  
Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Irwin Kostal, Sid Ramin
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1960  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Exodus  
Ernest Gold
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Song Without End  
Morris Stoloff, Harry Sukman
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1959  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Ben-Hur  
Miklos Rozsa
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Porgy and Bess  
Ken Darby, André Previn
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1958  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Old Man and the Sea, The  
Dimitri Tiomkin
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Gigi  
André Previn
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1957  
Music (Score)
Win Bridge on the River Kwai, The  
Malcolm Arnold
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1956  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Around the World in 80 Days  
Victor Young
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win King and I, The  
Ken Darby, Alfred Newman
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1955  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Love is a Many-Splendored Thing  
Alfred Newman
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Oklahoma!  
Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton, Adolph Deutsch
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1954  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win High and the Mighty, The  
Dimitri Tiomkin
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Seven Brides for Seven Brothers  
Saul Chaplin, Adolph Deutsch
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1953  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Lili  
Bronislau Kaper
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Call Me Madam  
Alfred Newman
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1952  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win High Noon  
Dimitri Tiomkin
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win With a Song in My Heart  
Alfred Newman
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1951  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Place in the Sun, A  
Franz Waxman
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win American in Paris, An  
Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green
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1950  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Sunset Boulevard  
Franz Waxman
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Annie Get Your Gun  
Adolph Deutsch, Roger Edens
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1949  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Heiress, The  
Aaron Copland
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win On the Town  
Roger Edens, Lennie Hayton
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1948  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Red Shoes, The  
Brian Easdale
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Easter Parade  
Roger Edens, Johnny Green
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1947  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Double Life, A  
Miklos Rozsa
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Mother Wore Tights  
Alfred Newman
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1946  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Best Years of Our Lives, The  
Hugo Friedhofer
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Jolson Story, The  
Morris Stoloff
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1945  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Spellbound  
Miklos Rozsa
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Anchors Aweigh  
Georgie Stoll
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1944  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Since You Went Away  
Max Steiner
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Cover Girl  
Carmen Dragon, Morris Stoloff
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1943  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Song of Bernadette, The  
Alfred Newman
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win This Is the Army  
Ray Heindorf
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1942  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Win Now, Voyager  
Max Steiner
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Yankee Doodle Dandy  
Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld
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1941  
Music (Scoring of a Dramatic Picture)
Win All That Money Can Buy (The Devil and Daniel Webster)  
Bernard Herrmann
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Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture)
Win Dumbo  
Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace
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1940  
Music (Original Score)
Win Pinocchio  
Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington
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Music (Score)
Win Tin Pan Alley  
Alfred Newman
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1939  
Music (Original Score)
Win Wizard of Oz, The  
Herbert Stothart
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Music (Score)
Win Stagecoach  
Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken
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1938  
Music (Original Score)
Win Adventures of Robin Hood, The  
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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Music (Score)
Win Alexander's Ragtime Band  
Alfred Newman
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1937  
Music (Score)
Win One Hundred Men and a Girl  
Charles Previn
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1936  
Music (Score)
Win Anthony Adverse  
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Leo Forbstein
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1935  
Music (Score)
Win Informer, The  
Max Steiner
Max Steiner
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1934  
Music (Score)
Win One Night of Love  
Louis Silvers
Gus Kahn, Victor Schertzinger
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