Legendary Composer John Williams Continues to Break His Own Oscars Record with 54th Nomination

Williams, 91, scored his latest nomination this year, making him still the most-nominated living person and oldest Oscar-nominated person ever

<p>David Livingston/Getty Images</p> John Williams in Hollywood, California, on June 9, 2016

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John Williams in Hollywood, California, on June 9, 2016

John Williams isn't slowing down!

The legendary composer, 91, is nominated for Best Original Score at the upcoming Academy Awards, for his work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

The nod marks Williams' 54th total at the Oscars throughout his prolific career — making him still the most-nominated person alive — and continues to cement his place as the oldest person ever to be nominated for a competitive Oscar.

A frequent collaborator of Steven Spielberg, Williams has won five Oscars: for Schindler's ListE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, Jaws and Fiddler on the Roof.

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Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty John Williams at the 66th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 21, 1994
Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty John Williams at the 66th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 21, 1994

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In terms of the most Oscar nominations in history, the composer trails only behind Walt Disney, who received 59 nominations (including 22 total wins), according to Forbes.

Last year, when Williams received his 53rd overall Academy Award nomination for his work on The Fabelmans, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences noted in a press release that he is "to the best of our knowledge" the oldest Oscar nominee in a competitive award category.

"I'm very grateful to the Academy for their kind recognition, and I'm enormously grateful to Steven Spielberg for offering me the opportunity to compose the score for this very special and personal film," Williams said in a statement at the time, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams' first Oscar nomination came from composing the score for the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. At the 1969 awards show, he was nominated twice: for The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

And it wouldn't be the last time Williams would be nominated more than once in a year. He scored three nominations in 1973 for his work scoring Cinderella Liberty and Tom Sawyer, and also received a Best Song nomination for Cinderella Liberty's "Nice To Be Around."

<p>Carlo Allegri/Getty Images</p> John Williams in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 2003

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John Williams in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 2003

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Most of Williams' work is well-known and highly regarded, as he scored the music for all nine Star Wars films, four of the five Indiana Jones movies and the first three Harry Potter installments.

In 2005, the American Film Institute chose Williams' 1977 Star Wars composition as the greatest American film score of all time. The Library of Congress also entered the soundtrack into the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

Williams received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016, and Spielberg — who has worked with the composer on all but five of his films — praised Williams' career contributions as he presented him with the award.

"Without John Williams, bikes don't really fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, and nor do men in red capes. There is no Force. Dinosaurs do not walk the Earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe," Spielberg, 77, said at the time.

The 96th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on Sunday, March 10, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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