This Sunday, March 27, the 94th Oscars will be held, awards granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to the best of cinema in different categories, among which “Best Film”, “Best Actor” stand out. , “Best Actress” and “Best Director”. Since the first edition, many artists have been considered for the coveted golden statuette, but few have achieved it.
Even several of them have been contemplated on more than one occasion. Such is the case of John Williams, the renowned American composer who throughout his career in the medium has been nominated 52 times, setting a record that is far from being equaled. Despite his constancy, he has only scooped up five Oscars in his 60+ year career for his extraordinary compositions.
The first time the musician was considered for the award was in 1968 in the category “Best Orchestration, Adaptation or Treatment” for his work on Valley of the Dolls, a film starring Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, Jacqueline Susann, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward, and Paul Burke. He unfortunately did not win.
His name reappeared on the nominees lists in 1969 thanks to the compositions and arrangements he made for The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr, Chips, the remembered romantic drama starring Greer Garson, Terry Kilburm and Robert Donat. the latter being the one who received a statuette for his interpretation.
It would not be until 1972 when John Williams won his first Oscar for “Best Original Orchestration, Adaptation and Chorus” for Fiddler on the roof, a film that has transcended generations becoming an international film classic.
1973 was a great year for the American composer as he was nominated three times at the same award for his performance in Images, a horror film directed by Robert Altman, The Poseidon Adventure, starring Gene Hackman, and Tom Sawyer, based on the novel by Mark Twain.
Between 1974 and 1975, he was nominated for the soundtrack of Cinderella Liberty (Permission to Love Until Midnight) and for the song Nice to Be Around. He was also contemplated for the musical production of The Towering Inferno (Hell in the tower) with which he won a BAFTA award.
Before the end of the 70s, John Williams added two Oscars for the “Best Original Score” for Jaws (Jaws) and Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope. Who does not remember the music that sounds when a shark approaches or the dark atmosphere that surrounds space? Both musical productions are the author’s most recognized to the degree of being considered masterpieces that left a mark on the history of cinema at the international level. world and marked an entire generation.
Over the next few years, he composed the soundtracks for Close Encounters of the King, Superman, Star Wars: Espidodio V – The Empire Strikes Back, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In 1983 he won his fourth Oscar in the same category for ET el extraterrestrial, a science fiction film that shocked by telling the encounter between humanity and a mysterious man. It starred Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaugthor and was directed by Steven Spielberg. That same year her song If we were in love competed for best original song, but did not win.
From 1984 to 1992 he arranged and composed Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Wild River, Empire of the Sun, The Witches of Eastwick, A Slip Called Love, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Born on the 4th of July, My Poor Little Angel, JFK, and the songs Somewhere in My Memory and When You’re Alone, all considered at the Academy’s Annual Awards.
It was until 1994 when he won his fifth and, so far, last Oscar for the soundtrack of Schindler’s list (Schindler’s List), a film starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz. This award was the third that John Williams won from renowned director Steven Spielberg.
From 1996 to 2014, the composer was again nominated for the soundtracks of Nixon, Sabrina, Street Kids, Friendship, Saving Private Ryan, Angela’s Ashes, The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, AI Intelligence. Artificial, Catch Me If You Can, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, Lincoln, The Book Thief, as well as the song Moonlight.
From 2016 to 2020, he again starred in the nominations for the original soundtrack of Star Wars episodes VII, VII and IX.
Who is the famous American composer with 52 Oscar nominations?
John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in New York, United States, he is currently 90 years old. He has stood out within the entertainment industry at an international level as a composer, conductor, pianist and trombonist, he also plays the clarinet and trumpet.
He showed an interest in music since he was a child, thanks to the influence of his father, who was a jazz percussionist. During his youth, he was drafted into the United States Air Force where he took care of the military band and later ventured into the world of entertainment composing for television.