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John Williams (Holiday)

The most popular film composer of the modern era, John Williams created music for some of the most successful motion pictures in Hollywood history -- Star Wars, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter are just four of the credits in his extensive oeuvre. Born February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York, he was the son of a movie studio musician, and he followed in his father's footsteps by studying music at UCLA and Juilliard; initially, he pursued a career as a jazz pianist, later working with Henry Mancini to compose the score for the hit television series Peter Gunn. Williams then went solo to pen a number of TV soundtracks for series including Playhouse 90, Wagon Train, and Bachelor Father; in 1959 he ventured into film with Daddy-O, and spent the majority of the 1960s alternating between the silver screen (The Killers, The Plainsman) and its smaller counterpart (Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space).

In 1968 Williams earned his first Academy Award nomination for his work in Valley of the Dolls; in 1970, he garnered nods for both The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and two years later finally won for Fiddler on the Roof. A slew of Oscar nominations followed, for features including The Poseidon Adventure, Images, Tom Sawyer, and The Towering Inferno.

In 1980, Williams took over for the late Arthur Fiedler as the conductor of the Boston Pops, a position he would hold until 1993, when he passed the baton to Keith Lockhart.

Over much of his career, two major relationships helped cement Williams' iconic legacy in film and music. In 1974 he teamed with a young filmmaker named Steven Spielberg for the first time on a movie titled The Sugarland Express. Over the coming decades, the two frequently reteamed, often with stunning results -- Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich and War Horse were just a few of the Spielberg/Williams pairings, with Jaws, E.T. and Schindler's List all winning the composer Academy Awards. Notably, Williams has scored every Spielberg film with only two exceptions: 1985's The Color Purple and 2015's Bridge of Spies. The pair continued their collaborative magic for 2016's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic, The BFG.

Williams' other frequent collaborator was George Lucas; beginning with 1977's Star Wars -- yet another Williams Oscar winner -- they later teamed for 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi (with the composer agreeing to score Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy as they went into production in 1997). A decade after the final prequel film, 2005's Revenge of the Sith, Williams returned to the beloved universe -- this time with J.J. Abrams in the director's chair -- scoring the first installment of the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens, in 2015.

Other film scores of note included 1979's Superman, 1987's The Witches of Eastwick, 1988's The Accidental Tourist, 1991's JFK, 1995's Nixon, 1997's Amistad, and the entire Harry Potter film series. His Grammy wins include Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Angela's Ashes, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich and the Book Thief.

In addition to receiving the Olympic Order award from the International Olympic Committee in 2003 and the National Medal of Arts at the White House in 2009, Williams was the first composer to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny & Neil Z. Yeung
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eviemiller11
Dont read this. You will be hugged on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tommowrow you will have the best day of your life. Now you've started, but don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes, then press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky. It actually works.
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Love this
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Omg
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I love all the home alone moved
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I love the move!¡!¡!
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Song brings tears to my eyes!��❤
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Love star wars
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Merry merry merry Christmas! =P
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love you in making this song
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every every world people peace life God bless
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I dont know why... but this is like my fav song of christmas...
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gospodarek
I just love home alone and Christmas.
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Hi
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Merry Merry Merry Christmas!!!
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Perfect mix!! Thank you!
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JennJenn
Fun for the Holidays!! The song is the Best ...
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Beautiful!!! : )
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John Williams is the guy I was named after .
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YOUR PRETTY OLD TO SING BUTT FACE
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Love home alone the movie
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Brings so many memories of Christmas
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Hah Gunter
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How do u hate a , movies as good as home alone
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Christmas is a lovely time share with your family make sure you love each and every one of them enjoy the time you have with them and make sure to have a lovely christmas plz love every thing and never fight plzz and never ever ever ever ever do bad thing and spend the happy life with family not just christmas but every day of your life and appreciate it plz don't make this a mean world plz and thank you God bless you
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carolpbj
I hate the show by I like the song
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You want them to think one of these three things when they come away, look how far they have gone but they are still in the same place as they started with a new outlook, look how far they have gone compared to the beginning, and still so far to go! or I wonder if they would have thought me crazy if I told them all this would happen to them at the beginning? Home Alone does just that and I really think it fills all three categories!
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Make sure your music and scene work together, not against each other. Get an amazing score, like a John Williams one, and make it dramatic! 3) Good acting, if it is just episodes then don't make em' all have the same exact outcome. You want your watchers to have a sense of emotion, whether strength, sorrow, joy, peace, etc, if they don't walk away and ten minutes later they are thinking about what is for dinner, you need to change something.
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Make sure your music and scene work together, not against each other. Get an amazing score, like a John Williams one, and make it dramatic!
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Great music, great movie, great (what else starts with an M? Oh I know) magic, great plot, all great. There are a few things you need to have for a good movie, 1). good plot, everything needs to work together, if it is romance it needs a good romance story, not sappy, if it is adventure don't make the characters just play around and they get into trouble here and it all ends the same. 2) GOOD MUSIC, you can have a good plot but without good music you are worthless! (more coming)
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I didn't get it?
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amber.willia m s 9
Kiss your hand ten times say your crushes name 15 times and look at your hand
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greatwriter1 4
i had no idea john williams did home alone
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I love home alone so much. It's so perfect and funny. Great music and movie.
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HOME ALONE !!!!!!!!:D!! ! ! ! # love CHRISTMAS
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Best christmas movie of all time.
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Watch
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I like it
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Love this!
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Love this song
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Love this song
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Love this movie:) hey scott.cody, y r u posting all that:?
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