For the first time in AFI history, America’s highest honor for a career in film will be bestowed upon a composer–John Williams, who has written the soundtrack to our lives.
“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,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. “AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award in 2016.”
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With five Academy Award wins and 49 nominations in total, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any living person.
Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute television special will air on TNT later that same month, followed by an encore presentation on Turner Classic Movies.