Awards Database


The Academy Awards, or “Oscars”, are the most prestigious cinema awards in the world, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Having been in existence since 1927, the Oscars are also the oldest awards for excellence in cinema – although they did not present their first awards for film music until 1933. Throughout the years, the music branch has seen a number of changes in the categories, sometimes differentiating between scores for dramatic films and musicals, original scores and adapted scores, and scores for dramatic and “comedy/musical” films in the 1990s. [oscar statuette image].


The Golden Globes are the awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and are generally regarded as the second most prestigious cinema awards, often acting as a precursor to the Oscars. They have been in existence since 1947. [golden globe image].


The BAFTAs are the awards presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and are often referred to as the “British Oscars”. The British Academy, which has been in existence since 1948, presents awards for film music, television music, and interactive/game music for, although they did not introduce the film music award (later referred to as the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) until 1968, the television award until 1980, and the interactive award until 2000. [bafta image].


The Grammys are the Awards of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, also known as “The Recording Academy”, and are the most prestigious music awards in the United States. There has been a special Grammy, honouring achievement in film music, since 1958. [grammy image].


The Emmys are the Awards of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and are the most prestigious television awards in the United States. Amongst the multiple categories, there have been awards for music written for television since 1955. [emmy image].


The Interactive Achievement (IA) Awards are presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, to honour those working in the burgeoning field of world-wide computer software and video game design and technology. First presented in 1997, there has been a specific music awards since the very beginning.


Many major international awards ceremonies recognize excellence in film music; this is a selection of awards from nations which contribute significantly to world cinema AND have a film music award in their ceremony. Interestingly, major awards ceremonies such as the Guldbagge Awards (National Awards of Sweden) do not have a regular film score award, while China, Russia, and many other major cinematic nations do not even have an awards system!


In addition, there are several smaller organizations which recognize excellence in film scoring, often within specific genres, and these are listed here, as well as awards from film critics associations based in major cities of the United States (with the exception of New York, which does not give out a score award).