John Williams & Martin Scorsese Make Oscar History As Oldest Nominees, Set Records For Most Noms

Oscar winners John Williams and Martin Scorsese continue to prove that age is just a number with their 2024 nominations.

Williams, 91, already the most nominated person alive and second most nominated ever behind Walt Disney, added an Original Score nomination for Indiana Jones and the Dial Of Destiny, his 54th overall. Meanwhile, Scorsese surpassed Steven Spielberg to become the living director with most Oscar nominations, 10, with a directing nom for Killers of the Flower Moon.

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This is Williams’ second consecutive Oscar nomination; he was nominated in the same category last year for The Fabelmans when he became the oldest Oscar nominee at 90. Williams’ nominations, which include mentions for four movies in the Indiana Jones franchise, span seven decades, with the first one coming in 1968 for Valley of the Dolls.

And he may not be done. After previously announcing that he would be retiring after Dial of Destiny, Williams recently walked backed his comments.

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“If a film came along that I was greatly interested in, with a schedule that I could cope with, then I wouldn’t want to rule anything out. Everything is possible. All is before us,” he said in December. “Only our limitations are holding us back. Or, to put it more simply: I like to keep an open mind.”

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At 81, Scorsese has become the oldest Best Director Oscar nominee, eclipsing John Huston’s 1985 feat for Prizzi’s Honor when he was 79. The record for oldest winner in the category is held by Clint Eastwood who was 74 when he took the trophy for Million Dollar Baby.

With his 10 directing nominations, stretching from Raging Bull in 1980 til Killers of the Flower Moon this year, Scorsese is the second most-nominated director of all time, behind only the late William Wyler (12). Spielberg is currently in third place with nine nominations.

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Scorsese has won in the category once for his work on The Departed. Williams is a five-time Oscar winner for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler’s List.

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