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John Williams Beats Own Record with Another Oscar Nomination

John Williams made history again as he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score nomination for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans.’ This year’s 9 Oscars awarding ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 12, and will be televised on ABC.

Williams is next to the late Walt Disney, who had a record of 22 wins and 59 nominations in Academy Award history. Disney won his first Oscar at the 5th Academy Awards in 1932 for his ‘Flowers and Trees.’ In comparison, Williams received his first nomination in 1968 for ‘Valley of the Dolls. He also won the award five times, and his first award was for the ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ film. Other films for which he received an award were ‘Jaws,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘E.T.’ and ‘Schindler’s List.’

The film ‘Fabelmans’ also received nominations, such as in the “best score” category alongside the scores of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ Babylon, and the other two films. This film is semi-autobiographical and has seven nominations, including best supporting actor, best leading actress, best production design, best directing, best picture, and best original screenplay.

The latest nomination could be his 48th for a score and 53rd overall Oscar nomination. Williams is now 90 and considered the most-nominated person alive. He actually broke his records in 2020 because of his nomination for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he is also the oldest Oscar nominee in a competitive award category. Williams was very grateful to the Academy and Steven Spielberg for allowing him to compose the score for his film. In 1969, he was nominated for ‘The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.’ He was also known for being nominated more than once a year. He had three nominations in 1973 for ‘Cinderella Liberty’ and ‘Tom Sawyer.’ Most of his known musical scores were the nine Star Wars films, the four Indiana Jones films, and the first three Harry Potter movies.

William’s 1977 musical score for a Star Wars film was the greatest American film score of all time in 2005. The Library of Congress included this score in the National Recording Registry because it was cultural, historical, and aesthetic. In 2016, he was given an AFU Life Achievement Award. Spielberg praised him for his contribution to his work.

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