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John Williams breaks his record as the most Oscar-nominated person alive

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Jan 23, 2018

With a 51st nomination for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, film composer John Williams maintains his place as the most Oscar-nominated person alive, once more breaking his own record. (Walt Disney racked up 59 before he died.) Williams also holds the record for the most nominations across different decades (six, to be exact), a feat also achieved by Elmer Bernstein (Ghostbusters, The Black Cauldron).

Williams has won five times: for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T., and Schindler's List.

Prominently known for his collaborations with Steven Spielberg (they just worked together on The Post), the 85-year-old composer has created the music for every Star Wars film except Rogue One, and will be writing the main theme for Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story

Williams is truly a musical genius, and his work on Episode VIII proves that he's still got the magic touch, able to turn classic sounds into new themes. His "Canto Bight" cue is the Calypso answer to his jazzy "Cantina Band" from A New Hope song, while "The Spark" is a triumphant and climactic spin on Darth Vader's "Imperial March." 

With this Last Jedi nomination, Williams breaks his own record. Hopefully, he'll be re-teaming with Spielberg soon for Indiana Jones 5