Friday, October 9, 2015
John Williams to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award
Kudos to the American Film Institute today. For the first time, in 44 years, they are honoring someone outside of the actor and director fields to reward its first composer with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. The actual ceremony will not be till June of 2016, and in between now and then he will probably receive yet another Oscar nomination, bringing his grand total to a whopping 50 nominations, and he could win his sixth Oscar for the new Star Wars film. John Williams is the greatest American film composer of all time next to greats like Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstein. His scores are as synonymous with their films as the actors and directors who made them, and he is easily one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. Congrats to Williams, and congrats to the AFI, who I hope will continue to look to tech and music greats within the industry. By the way, here are some of William's notable scores: Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, Superman, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., The Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Empire of the Sun, Born on the Fourth of July, Home Alone, JFK, Hook, Schindler's List, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Catch Me if You Can, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, Lincoln, and The Book Thief.