The American Film Institute Board of Trustees announced Thursday that composer John Williams is the recipient of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award.
It’s the first time that the award, which AFI bills as “America’s highest honor for a career in film,” will be bestowed upon a composer. He will be honored at a June 9 gala in Los Angeles that will be taped to air on TNT, with an encore presentation on its TCM sister network.
“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “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.”
Williams has amassed more than 150 film and television series credits over seven decades and is known for his collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, including “Jaws” (1975) “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) and “Schindler’s List” (1993).
Three of Williams’ scores landed on AFI’s list of the 25 greatest American film scores of all time, including the 1977 “Star Wars” soundtrack at number one.
With five Academy Award wins and 49 nominations in total, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any living person.
— Wire reports
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