‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Legendary composer John Williams on verge of 50th Oscar nomination

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Legendary film composer John Williams is on the verge of reaching an historic Oscar milestone. Gold Derby predicts he will receive the 50th Academy Award nomination of his career for the score to the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He already has more Oscar noms than any other person living, and he's second only to Walt Disney (59) on the all-time chart.

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Will Williams return to the winner's circle by orbiting the "Star Wars" universe for a seventh time?

Our exclusive Gold Derby odds have him out front to win Best Score with leading odds of 14/5. He is well ahead of the composers of the scores for "The Hateful Eight" (4/1), "Inside Out" (13/2), "Carol" (7/1), and "Bridge of Spies" (17/2).

Given his staggering number of nominations, it's perhaps surprising that Williams has only won five times: Best Score Adaptation for "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971); and Best Score for "Jaws" (1975), "Star Wars" (1977), "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" (1982) and "Schindler's List" (1993). He hasn't prevailed in more than two decades, but he has been nominated frequently since then, most recently for "The Book Thief" in 2013.

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Let's take a look back over his 49 Oscar nominations and see when he won and to whom he lost. 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
"The Reivers" (1969); lost to Burt Bacharach ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid")
"Images" (1972); lost to Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, Larry Russell ("Limelight")
"The Poseidon Adventure" (1972); lost to Charlie Chaplin, Raymond Rasch, Larry Russell ("Limelight")
"Cinderella Liberty" (1973); lost to Marvin Hamlisch ("The Way We Were")
"The Towering Inferno" (1974); lost to Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola ("The Godfather Part II")
"Jaws" (1975); WINNER
"Star Wars" (1977); WINNER
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; lost to himself ("Star Wars")
"Superman" (1978); lost to Giorgio Moroder ("Midnight Express")
"The Empire Strikes Back" (1980); lost to Michael Gore ("Fame")
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981); lost to Vangelis ("Chariots of Fire")
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982); WINNER
"Return of the Jedi" (1983); lost to Bill Conti ("The Right Stuff")
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984); lost to Maurice Jarre ("A Passage to India")
"The River" (1984); lost to Maurice Jarre ("A Passage to India")
"Empire of the Sun" (1987); lost to Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su ("The Last Emperor")
"The Witches of Eastwick" (1987); lost to Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne, Cong Su ("The Last Emperor")
"The Accidental Tourist" (1988); lost to Dave Grusin ("The Milagro Beanfield War")
"Born on the Fourth of July" (1989); lost to Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid")
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989); lost to Alan Menken ("The Little Mermaid")
"Home Alone" (1990); lost to John Barry ("Dances with Wolves")
"JFK" (1991); lost to Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast")
"Schindler's List" (1993); WINNER
"Nixon" (1995); lost to Luis Bacalov ("Il Postino") – drama
"Sabrina" (1995); lost to Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz ("Pocahontas") – comedy
"Sleepers" (1996); lost to Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient")
"Amistad" (1997); lost to James Horner ("Titanic")
"Saving Private Ryan" (1998); lost to Nicola Piovani ("Life Is Beautiful")
"Angela's Ashes" (1999); lost to John Corigliano ("The Red Violin")
"The Patriot" (2000); lost to Tan Dun ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001); lost to Howard Shore ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
"Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" (2001); lost to Howard Shore ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
"Catch Me if You Can" (2002); lost to Elliot Goldenthal ("Frida")
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004); lost to Jan A.P. Kaczmarek ("Finding Neverland")
"Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005); lost to Gustavo Santaolalla ("Brokeback Mountain")
"Munich" (2005); lost to Gustavo Santaolalla ("Brokeback Mountain")
"The Adventures of Tintin" (2011); lost to Ludovic Bource ("The Artist")
"War Horse" (2011); lost to Ludovic Bource ("The Artist")
"Lincoln" (2012); lost to Mychael Danna ("Life of Pi")
"The Book Thief" (2013); lost to Steven Price ("Gravity")

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BEST SCORE ADAPTATION
"Valley of the Dolls" (1967); lost to Alfred Newman, Ken Darby ("Camelot")
"Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969); lost to Lennie Hayton, Lionel Newman ("Hello, Dolly!")
"Fiddler on the Roof" (1971); WINNER
"Tom Sawyer" (1973); lost to Marvin Hamlisch ("The Sting")

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Cinderella Liberty" – "Nice to Be Around" (1973); lost to Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman ("The Way We Were" – "The Way We Were")
"Yes, Giorgio" – "If We Were in Love" (1982); lost to Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara ("Flashdance" – "What a Feeling")
"Home Alone" – "Somewhere in My Memory" (1990); lost to Stephen Sondheim ("Dick Tracy" – "Sooner of Later")
"Hook" – "When You're Alone" (1991); lost to Alan Menken, Howard Ashman ("Beauty and the Beast" – "Beauty and the Beast")
"Sabrina" – "Moonlight" (1995); lost to Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz ("Pocahontas" – "Colors of the Wind")

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Photo Credit: John Williams with George Lucas (2002) by Jonathan Player/REX Shutterstock.

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