|Academy Award for Best Original Score|
|Presented by||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|
|First awarded||February 27, 1935|
|Most recent winner||Hans Zimmer |
The Academy Award for Best Original Score is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. Some pre-existing music is allowed, though, but a contending film must include a minimum of original music. This minimum since 2020 is established in 60% of the music, which is raised to 80% for sequels and franchise films. Fifteen scores are shortlisted before nominations are announced.