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. www.oscars.org. [oscar statuette image].
- Academy Awards 2010-2019
- Academy Awards 2000-2009
- Academy Awards 1990-1999
- Academy Awards 1980-1989
- Academy Awards 1970-1979
- Academy Awards 1960-1969
- Academy Awards 1950-1959
- Academy Awards 1940-1949
- Academy Awards 1927-1939
THE GOLDEN GLOBES
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. www.hfpa.org. [golden globe image].
- Golden Globes 2010-2019
- Golden Globes 2000-2009
- Golden Globes 1990-1999
- Golden Globes 1980-1989
- Golden Globes 1970-1979
- Golden Globes 1947-1969
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. www.bafta.org. [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. www.grammy.com. [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. www.emmys.tv. [emmy image].
- Emmy Awards 2000-2009
- Emmy Awards 1990-1999
- Emmy Awards 1980-1989
- Emmy Awards 1970-1979
- Emmy Awards 1955-1969
THE INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
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. www.interactive.org/.
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!
- AFI Awards – National Awards of Australia
- César Awards – National Awards of France
- Deutschefilmpreis – National Awards of Germany
- David Awards – National Awards of Italy
- Eagle Awards – National Awards of Poland
- Filmfare Awards – National Awards of India
- Genie Awards – National Awards of Canada
- Goya Awards – National Awards of Spain
- Guldbagge Awards – National Awards of Sweden
- Hong Kong Film Awards
- Japanese Academy Awards
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).
- International Film Music Critics Association Awards
- National Board of Review
- European Film Awards
- Ivor Novello Awards
- Golden Satellite Awards
- Saturn Awards
- Annie Awards
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
- Online Film Critics Society Awards
- World Soundtrack Awards