John Williams Becomes the Oldest Oscar Nominee Ever at 90

John Williams in the middle of composing, waving a baton with his right hand.

At age 90, the legendary film composer John Williams receives his 53rd Academy Award nomination for scoring Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans.

While composer John Williams’ Oscar nomination for The Fabelmans is hardly a surprise, the achievement notably makes him the oldest nominee ever at the age of 90.

The legendary music visionary behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas and a frequent collaborator of director Steven Spielberg was earned his 53rd Oscar nomination for the 95th Academy Awards for his work in Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical drama. Moreover, the nomination sets and additional milestone in Williams’ iconic career as the most-nominated living person altogether in Oscar history. In a poetic twist, The Fabelmans co-star Judd Hirsch scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination, similarly making history as the second-oldest nominee at age 87, just behind the late Christopher Plummer, who was 88 years-old when nominated in the same category in 2018 for director Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World.

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The Queens-born composer and multi-time Oscar winner has been active in the film industry since his debut scoring work in the 1958 B-movie Daddy-O. After years of composing a variety of scores for film and television, Williams’ work became the signature sound for director Spielberg when his unforgettable theme for 1975’s Jaws single-handedly saved the troubled picture. Shortly thereafter, Williams delivered an epic adventure sound to the music of a little space movie called Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977 and a signature heroic theme to Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie in 1978.

Williams’ memorable scores range from Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List among many others. He earned his first Oscar nomination for 1968’s Valley of the Dolls and won his first Oscar for 1972’s Fiddler on the Roof. Additionally, Williams was one of the last people to be appointed an honorary knighthood by the late Queen Elizabeth II before her death on Sept. 8, 2022.

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John Williams’ Indiana Jones 5 Claim

The composer will be back to score his final Indiana Jones outing this year with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Though Williams has recorded a reported “two hours of brilliant music” according to director James Mangold, the composer found himself in some controversy when he made a statement about the Dial of Destiny ending being reshot, which the director had to debunk. “We’re not shooting & never shot any new scenes or ‘alt endings,'” Mangold said. “Our film is 99% finished, getting rated by MPAA & VFX being completed.”

Williams’ historic career will soon be chronicled in an upcoming documentary by his longtime friend Spielberg. The untilted John Williams documentary will be directed by Laurent Bouzereau and executive produced by Spielberg alongside Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein and Meredith Kaulfers. The project does not have a release date.

Fans can hear Williams’ next score when Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny releases in theaters on June 30. The 95th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, will air on ABC on March 12.

Source: Oscars


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