My top 5 Academy Award winners for Best Original Score in movie history include music that I think about and hum a lot. This music that makes up my top 5 Academy Award winners for Best Original Score in movie history is very memorable indeed. My top 5 Academy Award winners for Best Original Score in movie history are in chronological order, though four of my selections span just five years!
Do you agree with my music picks, or do you have your own favorite scores who’ve won this prestigious honor?
Top 5 Academy Award Winners for Best Original Score in Movie History Selection Number 1: Lawrence of Arabia by Maurice Jaffe (1962)
20 years ago, my mother and I went to see the re-release of this film at the THX theatre, and I was blown away by this incredible epic. The score in this film is as grandiose and epic in proportion as the storyline of the movie itself. I had never seen this movie before, but was intrigued that an old movie would be re-released to the public in such a beautifully-restored version.
Top 5 Academy Award Winners for Best Original Score in Movie History Selection Number 2: The Godfather, Part II by Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola (1974)
I don’t want to be sleeping with the fishes, so I feel compelled to include this score from one of my favorite movies of all time. This is one of those movies that feels like a part of the family because I’m so used to it whenever I see it airing, no matter what section of the film I happen to catch. The score itself blends well into the storyline for a movie that feels to me like wearing a comfortable old pair of shoes.
Top 5 Academy Award Winners for Best Original Score in Movie History Selection Number 3: The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith (1976)
The Omen, like The Godfather, Part II, is like another member of the family or another comfortable pair of old shoes because I’ve seen it so many times. The movie’s score is very tense throughout the film more than it is scary, yet that is part of its charm. Its creepy satanic chants add to the film’s troubling storyline about the plausibility of an actual Antichrist being able to come into this world.
Top 5 Academy Award Winners for Best Original Score in Movie History Selection Number 4: Star Wars by John Williams (1977)
I’ve never been a big fan of Star Wars movies, but the score of this movie is so imbedded into my consciousness thanks to the pop culture I lived in as a kid during the 1970’s and 1980’s, I can’t help but like it, as “The Force” has worked me over in that regard. The music is really intense, yet playful and adventurous, which definitely appeals to my listening senses.
Top 5 Academy Award Winners for Best Original Score in Movie History Selection Number 5: Midnight Express by Giorgio Moroder (1978)
The music score in this film reflects trouble and more trouble in a very synthesizing-sounding sort of way until the end, when the music turns touchingly cathartic because the ending is happy. This dark synthesized score throughout most of the movie is totally appropriate because the character of Billy Hayes is heading for some hellish times in a Turkish prison because he thought he could get away with smuggling drugs out of the country. As a kid, I remember the NBA highlights on CBS used to employ some of the music from the movie, which was my first meaty exposure to this particular movie score.
This Wikipedia link here about Academy Award Winners for Best Original Score in movie history helped me verify dates and composer names.