John Williams and Ennio Morricone will receive Golden Pine Award for Lifetime Achievement, as decided by the Board of the ISFMF.
John Williams (born 1932) is a synonym for film music. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential and successful film composers of all time. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter and many more. Williams has won 5 Oscars and 21 Grammy Awards, and with massive 48 Oscar nominations, he is the second most nominated person, after Walt Disney who has won 22 Oscars and 59 nominations (O.o).
While skilled in a variety of 20th century compositional idioms, Williams’ most familiar style may be described as a form of neoromanticism, inspired by the late 19th century’s large-scale orchestral music — in the style of Tchaikovsky or Richard Wagner‘s compositions and their concepts of leitmotif (musical theme) — that inspired his film music predecessors.
In 1974, Williams was approached by director Steven Spielberg to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, The Sugarland Express. The young director had been impressed with Williams’ score for the 1969 film The Reivers, and Spielberg was convinced that Williams could compose the musical sound that he desired for any of his films. They teamed up again a year later for Spielberg’s second film, Jaws. Widely considered to be a classic suspense film, its film score’s ominous, three-note motif has become synonymous with sharks and approaching danger. The film’s score earned Williams his second Academy Award, his first one for an original score. Williams considers Jaws to be the score that jumpstarted his career and he continued to work with Spielberg to date.
The legend of film music, Italian composer Ennio Morricone (born 1928) has written music for more than 500 films and television series, in a 60-years lasting career. In the early 1960?s he came to the attention of his former school friend Sergio Leone, who hired Morricone to compose the music to some of his best known films. Together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone’s different version of the ‘western genre’, A Fistful of Dollars. Morricone used innovative techniques of composing by including whistles, cracks, gunshots and unusual voices to his scores, however, he was also a master of classical symphonies and memorable themes.