His Music Is A Fine Wine

On Monday, renowned composer John Williams scored his 52nd Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score for his work in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Williams, 87, broke his own record with the nomination. According to Forbes, the only other person Williams trails behind is Walt Disney, who received 59 Academy Award nominations including 22 total award wins.

Williams has won a total of five Oscars for Schindler’s List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, Jaws, and Fiddler On The Roof.

His first Oscar nomination came from composing the score for the 1967 film Valley Of The Dolls. At the 1969 awards show, Williams was nominated twice for The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

That wouldn’t be the last time the composer would be nominated more than once in a year.

Williams scored three Academy Award nominations in 1973 for scoring Cinderella Liberty and Tom Sawyer and also received a Best Song nomination for Cinderella Liberty‘s “Nice To Be Around.”

Most of Williams’ work is widely known and regarded having scored the music for all nine Star Wars films, four Indiana Jones films and the first three Harry Potter films.

In 2005 the American Film Institute chose Williams’ score to the 1977 Star Wars film as the greatest American film score of all time, while the Library of Congress entered the soundtrack into the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016.

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