Composer John Williams Selected for AFI's Life Achievement Award

October 8, 2015

John Williams

The American Film Institute has announced that the recipient of the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award is composer John Williams. This is the first time in the 43 year history of the Life(time) Achievement Award that a composer has been chosen. Last year's recipient was Steven Martin, and the first recipient ever was John Ford in 1973. The AFI Life Achievement Award was established to honor a single individual for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through motion pictures and television. Williams certainly deserves it, as he has been a composer for over 50 years working on so many classic films, earning 49 Oscar nominations and 5 wins over the years. And he still has a few more Star Wars scores in the works.

"John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, 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. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award."

The quote above comes from AFi's blog post announcing the news - just in time for The Force Awakens. Composer John Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9th, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute television special will air on TNT later that same month, followed by an encore presentation on Turner Classic Movies. While Williams has composed so many outstanding scores, his Oscar winners are: Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Schindler's List (1993). He has an extensive filmography of work, and he really has provided the "soundtrack to our lives". Congratulations to John Williams, a fitting honor for a real legend.

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  • TK
    Well deserved! This guy pretty much created the soundtrack to my childhood lol.
  • TheOct8pus
    The LEAST they could do is honor him with a lifetime achievement award. He wrote some of the most iconic themes in film history (Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Superman, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park - Tell me you didn't just hear all those theme songs in your head) and he managed to create characters using music. We know what's about to happen when we hear those two bass notes in Jaws, or the Imperial March in Star Wars. He's a master painter who paints with sounds. Yes, yes, I should marry him.
  • Terry Craig
    Jeez, for a second I thought he passed away. Thank God I was wrong. Very well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.
    • Bounty 4 Zuckuss
      Yea really, for some reason that headline frightens me at first sight. Glad it wasn't what I thought
    • ErrorSapiens
      True! I pied mah pants littlebit. Well deserved! The award, that is.
  • MLTC
    It's about time! I'm pretty sure John William's related to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
    GIVE HIM ALL THE AWARDS. No one in this or any other lifetime has created the kind of memorable music John Williams has done. He is a rightful living legend and has earned this.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    The only surprise here is that they haven't given him this award already.




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