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Today is John Williams‘ birthday. The legendary composer is 87 years old, so a very happy birthday goes out to him. Believe it or not, Williams has 51 Oscar nominations to his credit, to go along with five wins, so he’s truly an icon of the industry. No one else is a mainstay in Best Original Score like he is. On this day, as a tribute to him, why don’t we see what everyone thinks his finest hour is, musically?
There aren’t many composers who the masses know the name of, but John Williams is one. His five Academy Awards are for writing the scores to such classics as “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Jaws,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Star Wars.” Obviously, he’s also a perennial nominee, someone the Academy always finds time to cite, and rightly so. It’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t be on the Mount Rushmore of film composers, and one can easily make the case that he could be the best there’s ever been.
Beyond the Oscar wins, Williams is known for a whole host of classic cinematic musical compositions. You can even just focus on his collaborations with Steven Spielberg and see all time greatness. Hell, he wasn’t even nominated for his score for “Jurassic Park.” Up and down the line, he’s been consistently great for over 50 years now. His first nomination from the Academy came in 1968. Frankly, would anyone be surprised if he wasn’t given at least one more citation by Oscar, perhaps even a win too, before all is said and done?
In honor of his birthday, it’s time to run down your Williams favorites. Which scores of his are your favorites? Let us know!