John Williams to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

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John Williams

The composer is responsible for scores that range from 'E.T.' to 'Star Wars.'

The American Film Institute will honor composer John Williams with the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award.

This is the first time in the award's history that a composer has won the honor.

A frequent collaborator of director Steven Spielberg, Williams is responsible for modern cinema's most recognizable scores, including Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones, among numerous others.

Williams has won five academy awards and holds the record for most Academy Awards nominations, forty-nine in total.

“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."

Past winners of the honor include Mike Nichols, Michael Douglas, and Mel Brooks. Comedian Steve Martin took home to honor at last year's ceremony.

Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast in late June 2016 on TNT, followed by an encore presentation on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies.