American Film Institute to Rank Top Movie Scores

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The American Film Institute is collecting votes on the top 25 film scores of all time, and will reveal the winners at a live event at the Hollywood Bowl on September 23.

At the concert, John Mauceri will conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in excerpts from the top 25 scores while scenes from the films are screened.

The organization has previously issued rankings of the top 100 movies, top 100 stars, and top 100 cinematic thrills, among other lists.

AFI has distributed a ballot with 250 nominated scores to 500 composers, musicians, critics, historians, and film-industry figures. Each will vote for up to 250 scores, including up to five write-ins.

Among the nominees are Duke Ellington's Anatomy of a Murder score, Mikl‹s R‹zsa's Ben-Hur score, Isaac Hayes' Shaft score, and John Williams' Star Wars score. Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Alfred Newman, R‹zsa, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, and Williams are each nominated 11 times. Other composers receiving multiple nominations include Bernard Herrmann and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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