You won’t know his face, and you might not know his name, but you’ll know his music. The Star Destroyer chases the Rebel Alliance ship to the sounds of his composition. Jaws terrorizes New England with his thrumming, ominous base. ET soars, Indiana Jones quips, Harry Potter entrances, and Private Ryan gets saved, and composer John Williams provides the soundtrack. He’s a movie legend, with 150 credits to his name. Now, the most Oscar-nominated person of all time gets another piece for his mantle. John Williams will be getting the 44th Life Achievement Award from AFI.
“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said AFI Board of Trustees chair Sir Howard Stringer. “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award.”
John Williams has been nominated for 49 Oscars, and surprisingly, he’s only won 5. Still, no one’s been as prolific as he over a career spanning seven decades, and despite being 83 years old, he’s still as good as he’s ever been, and as in-demand as possible. Williams is doing the score for JJ Abrams‘ upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Awakens. Here’s hoping that, despite being active since 1952, his best years remain ahead of him.
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