You have got to be kidding! 15 years? Well… yes! On the night of February 5, 1999, I uploaded to the internet the first page of which later became JWFAN… It was a very modest, single-page website focusing on compiling all known information about the then-upcoming John Williams’ score for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (the first Star Wars score in 16 years!). – Full article and discussion in our forum
John Williams has received his 49th Academy Award nomination for his score to The Book Thief, it was announced this morning in Hollywood. Williams’ score has been nominated along with Gravity by Steven Price, Her by William Butler and Owen Pallett, Philomena by Alexandre Desplat, and Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman. The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. – Full list of nominees
John Williams’ The Book Thief has received a nomination by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for Best Original Film Music, the only category in which the movie was nominated. The other nominees are 12 Years a Slave by Hans Zimmer, Captain Phillips by Henry Jackman, Gravity by Steven Price, and Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman.
This is Mr. Williams’ 14th BAFTA nomination (he won the award seven times in the past). Winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16. – Full list of BAFTA nominees.
Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning “The Pianist” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” died Sunday. He was 81. – Full article at Variety
“When I read The Book Thief, I jumped at the chance to do it,” says Williams, 81, who won two of his five Oscars for films about children (E.T.) and the Holocaust (Schindler’s List). “What I found very powerful was the idea that this girl’s life could be saved by her passion for letters and for literature. It was a chamber piece for actors, beautifully managed by Brian, almost like a Brahms quintet.” – Full interview at Variety