The previously announced award for Williams marks the first time AFI is honoring a composer. It will be handed out during a private Gala Tribute on June 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. TNT will air a special, AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams, at 10 PM June 15.
Williams and Spielberg — who won the AFI career award in 1995 — have collaborated on more than two dozen films, including The BFG, which will premiere at Cannes. Williams won Oscars for the scores to Spielberg’s Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler’s List, in addition to the adaptation and original song score to 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof. Three of Williams’ works landed on AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores, with Star Wars topping that list. He has been nominated for an Academy Award in four of the past five years, and his next Oscar nom would be his 50th.
A Tribute to John Williams re-airs September 15 on sister network Turner Classic Movies during a night of programming dedicated to Williams.