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Director Steven Spielberg is set to present composer John Williams with a special American Film Institute (AFI) award. John will receive the 44th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious career spanning nearly seven decades.
This will be the first time the award is presented to a composer.
The tribute event for last year’s winner, actor/comedian Steve Martin, featured appearances from some of the biggest comedic actors in the last forty years. Seeing as John is a composer, his list of tributes will likely come from both the music and filmmaking sides of the industry.
John and Steven have collaborated on 25 films together, including Jaws, Schindler’s List and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, five of which John received Oscars for. He has created some of the most memorable movie scores in film history, and has received more Oscar nominations than anyone else since the Academy Awards started in 1929.
“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, chair of the 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 Lifetime Achievement Award.”
A gala tribute event will take place in Los Angeles on June 9, which will then air as a television special. The special, entitled AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams, will be broadcast on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. PST.