Two bona fide Hollywood legends, the director Steven Spielberg and composer John WilliamsA tribute organized by the American Cinematheque marks their 50th year of collaboration with a rare joint public appearance, The Hollywood Reporter have learned
“Spielberg/Williams — 50 Years of Music and Movies,” featuring clips and conversation about their work and friendship, opens Thursday, Jan. 12th at 6pm at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. (American Cinematheque members have exclusive access to purchase tickets to the event, but anyone can Become a member of AC at any time.)
Spielberg and Williams first met and began working together in 1972 Sugarland Express (1974), the first of 29 films he collaborated on. (Spielberg only made five films was not Williams has earned.) Many of his collaborations immediately bring to mind both the visuals and the music, which is true only for a select few director/composer teams – perhaps Alfred Hitchcock And Bernard Herrmann, David Lean And Maurice JarreAnd Sergio Leone And Ennio Morricone. Includes collaborations with Spielberg and Williams the jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler’s List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012)
This year, the pair reunited The Fablemans, which Spielberg described as the “most personal” film of his career. The film is already nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Score at the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards, with major Oscar nominations almost certain to follow.
If the film is nominated for Best Picture, Spielberg will extend his record number of nominations for a producer from 10 to 11 (he’s only won once in that category. Schindler’s List) and if it is nominated for Best Original Score, Williams will extend his record number of total nominations for a living person from 52 to 53 (he’s won five times); He already holds the all-time record with at least one nom (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s).
Williams, who will turn 91 in February, said his final He is currently composing the film score Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, on which Spielberg, 75, is an executive producer. It will hit theaters on June 30, 2023.
Check out this new featurette about the dynamic duo, which reminds us of how great they’ve been together.