Most Oscar nominations - living person
John Williams (composer)
The composer John Williams (USA) (b. 8 February 1932) has had 45 Academy Award nominations from 1968 – 2006, making him the most nominated living person. His first nomination was for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment for Valley of the Dolls (USA 1967), with his most recent for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score at the 2006 ceremony for both Munich (USA, 2005) and Memoirs of a Geisha (USA, 2005).

In all he has won five Oscars:-

Schindler's List (USA, 1993)

ET. The Extra Terrestrial (USA, 1982)

Star Wars (USA, 1977)

Jaws (USA, 1975)

Fiddler on the Roof (USA, 1972)


With five Oscars, Six BAFTA's (from ten nomiantions) and nine Grammys (from 25 nominations), William's is cinema's most successful composer.