The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that legendary composer John Williams will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 44th annual ceremony on June 9, 2016. It will be the first time in the history of the AFI that a composer will be awarded the film industry’s highest honor.
“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, 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. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award.”
Williams, whose scores include all Star Wars films to date — including the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens — is well-known for his many collaborations with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. He has won five Academy Awards and received 49 nominations — more than any living person.
The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute will air on TNT some time next June, with an encore airing on TCM.