AFI Tribute to John Williams - 9/12
Composer John Williams, described by Steven Spielberg as "a
great talent" and his "most important
collaborator," is the winner of this
year's AFI Life Achievement Award.
During a ceremony that was taped in
June and airs September 12 on TCM,
Spielberg presents the AFI award to
Williams. (The special was broadcast
earlier on sister network TNT.) In
another fascinating event, an episode
of TCM Presents: AFI's Master Class--the
Art of Collaboration (2011), Spielberg and
Williams discuss their four-decade
friendship and collaboration on a series
of memorable films that began with
The Sugarland Express (1974) and included
many masterworks such as Jaws (1975).
Williams' illustrious career boasts a
record-setting 50 Academy Award®
nominations and five Oscars®. Jaws,
with its famous two-note "shark"
theme emerging as a classic piece of
suspense music, marked Williams' first
win for an original dramatic score. Also
included in the TCM tribute to
Williams is The Cowboys (1972), a John
Wayne Western with a stirring early
Williams score that helped established
the composer's reputation as a master
of epic themes. Music critic Jerry
McCulley praised Williams'
"exemplary work" on this "robust,