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The 83-year-old composer has created some of the most iconic music in film history.
Renowned composer and conductor John Williams was nominated Thursday morning for his 50th Academy Award. He has won five times.
Best known as the creator of the Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman and Close Encounters of the Third Kind themes, the 83-year-old New York native was first nominated in 1967 for best scoring adaptation or treatment for Valley of the Dolls.
Williams was given the nod once more Thursday for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; he scored all seven films in the series. He was bestowed one of his five Oscars for the original Star Wars in 1977.
"I'm deeply honored and grateful to the Academy for this recognition,” said John Williams in a statement. “It's been a privilege and a joy to revisit the Star Wars galaxy and to work with the brilliant director J.J. Abrams on this very special film.”
Williams also won Oscar gold for best original score for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler's List.
The Force Awakens was also nominated this year for visual effects, film editing, sound editing and sound mixing.