Are there any sci-fi films whose musical score or soundtrack went on to win an Academy Award for best musical score? The Fountain comes to mind as having been nominated for a Golden Globe.

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1977 - Star Wars
1982 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Both by John Williams.

A number of others have been nominated; most recently: Avatar (2009), Wall-e (2008), A.I. (2001)

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    Star Wars beat out Close Encounters of the Third Kind to win in 1977. Star Trek the Motion Picture, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Aliens, ST: IV, Apollo 13, Men in Black, AI: Artificial Intelligence, and Planet of the Apes (the original) were also nominated in other years. Ghostbusters, Armageddon, Wall-e and Back to the Future were nominated for Best Song.
    – Tony Meyer
    Jan 23, 2011 at 5:52
  • 2009 Moon - Has great soundtrack by Clint Mansell, won BAFTA not Oscar
    – pramodc84
    Feb 16, 2011 at 4:56
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    John Williams is a genius! Feb 28, 2012 at 14:02

John Williams won Best Original Score for Star Wars in 1977 and again for E. T. in 1982.

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