John Williams Earns Record 52nd Oscar Nomination for His Final ‘Star Wars’ Score

Legendary composer has earned Oscar nods for all three installments of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy

Last Updated: January 13, 2020 @ 6:20 AM

John Williams has expanded his lead on the all-time Oscar nominations list, earning an unprecedented 52nd Oscar nomination on Monday for his score for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Williams has said that the final film in the Skywalker Saga will also be his final “Star Wars” score. He has been nominated alongside Hildur Gudnadottir for “Joker,” Alexandre Desplat for “Little Women,” and cousins Randy and Thomas Newman for “Marriage Story” and “1917.”

“This will put the bow on the package for me,” Williams told CBS News about scoring “Rise of Skywalker” back in October. “And it’ll probably be the end of a sort of thematic flow, which started on the first movie and ended now.”

Williams received his first Oscar nomination in 1967 for his score for “Valley of the Dolls” and his first win four years later for the score for “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has won five Oscars in his career, most recently in 1993 for “Schindler’s List” to go with ones for “E.T.,” “Jaws,” and the original “Star Wars.” He has also earned an Oscar nomination for all three scores for Disney’s “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, winning a Grammy for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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