Over his long and storied career, John Williams has won a very respectable five Academy Awards for his film scores, and has been nominated a grand total of FIFTY times. His score for Schindler’s List (1993, over twenty years ago) earned him his most recent win. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated for several Oscars, including Best Original Score, so here’s hoping that Williams picks up Oscar win #6.
It took some searching, but I managed to locate every Oscar win that John Williams has ever had (he won his first Oscar all the way back in 1972, probably before a lot of us were ever born).
Williams’ first Oscar was for Adapting the music of “Fiddler on the Roof” for the motion picture adaptation (I can’t get over how YOUNG he looks either).
Williams’ won his second Oscar (and rightfully so) for his work on Jaws, a film that many claim launched the modern era of the “blockbuster” movie (others grant that honor to Star Wars. Personally I think both films are responsible, but I digress.) The “Jaws” motif is so simple (you know the one I mean) that it’s brilliant (and funnily enough, Spielberg didn’t think it would work when he first heard it!)
Williams’ third Oscar is for the score that everybody knows him best for, the original Star Wars that launched in 1977 and revolutionized filmmaking as we know it. This is only my opinion, but I think Williams should have received an Oscar for every Star Wars score (yes, including the prequels), but hopefully The Force Awakens will get some recognition on Sunday.
Williams’ fourth Oscar is for his work on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. This movie is unusual for the fact that Spielberg actually altered some of the scenes to fit Williams’ score (it’s supposed to work the other way around).
Last, but certainly not least, Williams won an Oscar for Schindler’s List, a film recounting the true story of how Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) rescued thousands of Jews from execution over the course of World War II. This is one of those films that everyone should see at least once in their lives, because the story is that powerful. The score is one of the best I have ever heard (not to mention the legendary Itzhak Perlman recorded the main theme himself and he’s one of the greatest violin players alive today).
I certainly hope these aren’t the only Oscars John Williams receives, he’s truly a living legend. We’ll just have to wait and see how Sunday plays out! Enjoy the weekend!-Bex
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