Watch: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kobe Bryant & More Salute John Williams – American Film Institute


Watch: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kobe Bryant & More Salute John Williams

Back in June, movie maestro John Williams took to the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood to accept the AFI Life Achievement Award before an audience of his closest friends and collaborators — including award presenter Steven Spielberg, who has collaborated with the composer on more than 25 projects.

The night’s starry guests and speakers also included actors Drew Barrymore and Harrison Ford, STAR WARS directors J.J. Abrams and George Lucas and basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who shared a unique anecdote about what Williams’ music means to him.

The televised special, AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS, was broadcast on TNT in June 2016 and will air again on TCM on September 12 during a night of programming dedicated to Williams. (More info is here.)

Watch highlights from the Tribute below.

Comments (5)

Aaron Hurst

Thank you for making my life a magical one! I salute the absolutely incredible director George Lucas along with the help of John William’s phenomenal music, it has planted such a beautiful seed within me. Everytime i see and hear the magic of Star Wars, it fulfills me with wonder and imagination beyond what anyone could ever ask for! Thank you John Williams. You inspire me everyday and turn my life into a beautiful fantasy that i will treasure for the rest of my life.

Giuliano De Campo

Mr. John Williams, before being a great composer, you are a great man.
You worked with great talented filmmakers, like Lucas and Spielberg (among others), because they discovered your geniality before everybody. They trust in you because they understood that their films would be greater with your music. They left you work and explore: God bless them because understand the value of great artist like you is also a “symptom” of genius. You didn’t do just music score, your WORK was not only a complement. Your music inspired people everywhere in the world because Spielberg and Lucas did spectacular films, but with your music the dreams that they told becomes true and enters deep in the bottom from hearts. Thank you mister John Williams: your music represent for me inspiration for the life. When I’m sad, I listen your music scoring, and I’m feeling much more better. Big hug to you. Greetings from Switzerland.

Mark Fakhry

Ever since I was a little kid in the 80’s, before I cared what went on behind the scenes of a movie, or knew who John Williams was, I thrilled to the themes of the Star Wars Trilogy, Superman, and Indiana Jones. The music played in my head, I hummed them at the most random times, not even realizing they were all related, that they all came from one man. Mr. Williams is a true genius! If I could have one wish, it’d be to have John write me my own heroic theme song, lol. Thank you for adding your magic to the movies we love!


The movies that Mr. Williams has done the scores for, are all my favorites! Without his music , there is no movie! And without music, life would be a mistake (Nietzsche).


Where can i watch the whole show?

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