Composer John Williams feted by Hollywood elite at AFI ceremony
Published: 2016-06-12 20:16:30.0 BdST Updated: 2016-06-12 20:16:30.0 BdST
Hollywood's top stars such as Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and JJ Abrams came together on Thursday to fete John Williams, the prolific composer of some of cinema's most memorable scores including "Star Wars" and "Jaws", as he was honoured by the American Film Institute.
Williams, 84, received the lifetime achievement award at a star-studded gala dinner hosted by AFI, an organisation that aims to preserve the heritage of American cinema.
"Tomorrow morning, when I’m back at work, I will try to deserve all of this," Williams said as he accepted the award.
Williams is the first composer to receive the AFI's lifetime achievement award.
He is known for frequently collaborating with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, one of several directors and film stars including Tom Hanks and George Lucas who joined in giving the veteran composer a standing ovation when he was announced on stage.
"You take our movies, many of them about our most impossible dreams and, through your musical genius, you make them real and everlasting for billions and billions of people," Spielberg said in his speech.
The composer has won five Oscars out of 50 nominations over his seven-decade career.
Williams was nominated for a best original score Oscar this year for composing the score for Disney's highly anticipated blockbuster hit film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Other recipients of the AFI lifetime achievement award include Spielberg, Hanks, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda and most recently, comedic actor Steve Martin.
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