Composer of the Week: JOHN WILLIAMS

Updated: Jul 27


Age: 88

Birthday: 8th February



John Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. Regarded by many as the greatest film composer of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning over six decades. With 52 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.

In 2005 the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest film score of all time.





Williams has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars saga, Schindler's List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jaws films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Hook, and the first three Harry Potter films. He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but five of his feature films.





AWARD NOMINATIONS & WINS FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE


ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) - Nominations: 47 Wins: 5


2020 - STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

2018 - STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI

2016 - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS

2014 - THE BOOK THIEF

2013 - LINCOLN

2012 - THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

2012 - WAR HORSE

2006 - MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

2006 - MUNICH

2005 - HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

2003 - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

2002 - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

2002 - HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE

2001 - THE PATRIOT

2000 - ANGELA'S ASHES

1999 - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

1998 - AMISTAD

1997 - SLEEPERS

1996 - SABRINA

1996 - NIXON

1994 - WIN: SCHINDLER'S LIST

1992 - JFK

1991 - HOME ALONE

1990 - BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

1990 - INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

1989 - THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

1988 - EMPIRE OF THE SUN

1988 - THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK

1985 - INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

1985 - THE RIVER

1984 - STAR WARS EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI

1983 - WIN: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1981 - STAR WARS EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

1979 - SUPERMAN

1978 - WIN: STAR WARS

1978 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

1976 - WIN: JAWS

1975 - THE TOWERING INFERNO

1974 - CINDERELLA LIBERTY

1974 - TOM SAWYER

1973 - IMAGES

1973 - THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

1972 - WIN: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

1970 - THE REIVERS

1970 - GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS

1968 - VALLEY OF THE DOLLS



GOLDEN GLOBES - Nominations: 24 Wins: 4

2018 - THE POST

2014 - THE BOOK THIEF

2013 - LINCOLN

2012 - WAR HORSE

2006 - WIN: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

2002 - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

2000 - ANGELA'S ASHES

1999 - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

1998 - SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET

1994 - SCHINDLER'S LIST

1990 - BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

1989 - THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

1988 - EMPIRE OF THE SUN

1985 - THE RIVER

1983 - WIN: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1981 - STAR WARS EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

1979 - SUPERMAN

1978 - WIN: STAR WARS

1978 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

1976 - WIN: JAWS

1975 - EARTHQUAKE

1974 - CINDERELLA LIBERTY

1974 - TOM SAWYER

1973 - THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE


BAFTAS - Nominations: 17 Wins: 8


2020 - STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

2016 - STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS

2014 - THE BOOK THIEF

2013 - LINCOLN

2012 - WAR HORSE

2006 - WIN: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

2003 - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

1999 - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

1994 - WIN: SCHINDLER'S LIST

1989 - WIN: EMPIRE OF THE SUN

1983 - WIN: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1981 - WIN: STAR WARS EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

1978 - WIN: STAR WARS

1978 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

1976 - WIN: JAWS

1976 - WIN: THE TOWERING INFERNO


How do you rate these movies that John Williams scored?



LISTEN TO JOHN WILLIAMS SCORES THIS WEEK:


ON T.V.:


ON NETFLIX & AMAZON:

FILM: Jurassic Park (1993)

FILM: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

FILM: The BFG (2016)


What's your favourite John Williams score / movie?




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