‘The Force Awakens’ Score Wins Saturn Award

John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens received the Saturn Award, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, in a ceremony that took place June 22 in Burbank, California.

The 42nd Saturn Awards, honor the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other genres in film, television, home media releases, and theatre in 2015 and early 2016 –  Full list of winners

Williams Receives AFI’s Life Achievement Award

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On June 9, Steven Spielberg presented the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award to his longtime collaborator, composer John Williams. This was the first time in the history of the American Film Institute that the award went to a composer.

Williams’ career was celebrated at a private Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The televised special, AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS, will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT)

Here’s a collection of articles, tweets, photos and videos of the June 9 event:

Williams Confirmed for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Spielberg confirmed to ETOnline on Thursday that legendary composer John Williams will be returning to score the as-yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones feature, after lending his talents to the first four features in the Harrison Ford-starring series.

“John Williams will come back and score [the film], absolutely,” the director said at the American Film Institute event honoring Williams with the AFI Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Full article at ETOnline.com

Williams Confirms Work on Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’, “Expects” to do ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’

In a recent interview published today in Variety, John Williams has confirmed that he will write the score for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which he plans to begin working on in November, and that he “expects” to do Star Wars: Episode VIII. The maestro also revealed that he wrote two hours for Spielberg’s The BFG, and that he plans to compose a new concert work this summer:

Williams, who says he has no thought of retiring [“Steven expects me to work until I’m 100”], still spends every day writing music, whether for film or the concert hall. After a heavy schedule over the past 14 months, writing three hours of music for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and another two for Spielberg’s “The BFG,”

“I could use a little break,” he says.

He plans to begin work on Spielberg’s next film, “Ready Player One,” in November, and then next year expects to do the next “Star Wars” film. “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” he quips.

Williams may also compose a concert work [“for one of my favorite European artists,” whom he declined to name] this summer. Concert work has increasingly occupied him between films, including concertos for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham and others. He is also committed to writing “a couple of minutes of music” for an animated version of retiring L.A. Laker great Kobe Bryant’s poem “Dear Basketball.”

Full article at Variety.

Williams will receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award tonight from director Steven Spielberg. It will be the first such honor given to a composer in the 44-year history of the award.

JW Scores Live to Picture Update: New Dates for ‘Raiders’, ‘E.T.’, Jurassic Park’ & ‘Home Alone’

The second half of 2016 is bringing new performances of classic John Williams scores live to picture, with dates scheduled in several cities across the world until next year. Below is an updated list of venues in which the full scores for Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Home Alone will be performed live to the screening of the respective films.